Low Maternal Weight: Effects on Maternal and Infant Health During Pregnancy

Nurs Stand. 2007 Sep 26-Oct 2;22(3):43-6. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.


A healthy body weight on conception and adequate weight gain during pregnancy are important to ensure that mother and baby remain well. A low maternal weight and poor pregnancy weight gain can have detrimental implications for the mother and baby. Women need to be provided with clear, consistent information about how much weight they should gain during pregnancy and the adverse effects of a low pre-pregnancy body weight and insufficient weight gain during pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Body Mass Index
  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Infant Welfare*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Information Services
  • Internet
  • Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Maternal Welfare*
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutrition Policy
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Nutritional Status
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications* / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications* / prevention & control
  • Pregnancy Outcome*
  • Thinness / complications
  • Thinness / diagnosis
  • Thinness / prevention & control
  • Weight Gain