Foodwise in Pregnancy: Supporting healthy weight gain

Lisa Williams, All Wales Nutrition Training Facilitator

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Industry Partner: Celf Creative Ltd

'Foodwise in pregnancy' app screens on smartphone


Being above a healthy weight and gaining more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy can increase the risk of health problems and birth complications for both mother and baby and increase associated health care costs.

Lifestyle interventions in pregnancy focusing on improving dietary intake and physical activity have been shown to prevent excess pregnancy weight gain. In many areas of Wales there are currently no community groups or interventions to signpost women to should they require this support. Foodwise in Pregnancy aims to fill this gap.

Project Aims


Video: Foodwise in Pregnancy Online Session 1

Further comments from survey participants about what they would find useful:

“a core list of safe and unsafe common UK foods would be super useful”
“sample meal plans with recipes and shopping lists”
“meal plans with neutral easy to eat foods for nausea”
“exercises for a bad back and aching legs etc. would be a good idea”
“I have enjoyed watching the videos you’ve produced giving dietetic advice during pregnancy”
“Please can you launch the app asap”

Key Outcomes

Next Steps

Our Exemplar Experience

The support from the Bevan Commission, Agor IP and Cardiff and Vale UHB finance team and innovations lead have been immensely helpful.

Bevan Exemplar Showcase 2021



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