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Will my midwife weigh me again before I'm due?

(18 Posts)
saranga Fri 02-May-14 10:45:03

So I got weighed at my very first appointment but haven't been weighed since. I'm now 33 weeks, will my midwife weigh me again at some point?
I'm int he UK and have had my bump measured at the last few appointments - it's small but growing so my midwife isn't concerned as I'm quite small.
This is a question formed out of idle curiosity - I think I've put on about 2 stone, I just wondered if this would be recorded anywhere.

Cookiepants Fri 02-May-14 10:46:31

I was weighed at my 38 week app I think.

Martorana Fri 02-May-14 10:48:42

Depends. I wasn't weighed at all during any pregnancy. Why do you want to be weighed? Can't you weigh yourself?

saranga Fri 02-May-14 10:53:27

Oh this was just an idle question. As I said, I'm curious as to whether it will be recorded anywhere.

TheNewSofa Fri 02-May-14 10:53:36

They weigh you in labour

Indith Fri 02-May-14 11:17:20

It is one of those things that will vary from area to area however routine weighing should not be practiced.

I have never been weighed at all in any of my pregnancies or labours.

Where I do my placements as a student women are supposed to bring a print out from scales in places like Boots with height and weight and BMI on to their booking appointment and we cannot to the referral to the booking hospital without it. They are then supposed to be reweighed by the MW towards the end of the pregnancy and have BMI recalculated. However this is rarely done.

PenguinsLoveFishFingers Fri 02-May-14 11:37:20

Varies by area. In both areas I have lived in they don't routinely weigh you any time other than booking in (so not in labour or at ante natal appointments).

Mummymidwife87 Fri 02-May-14 12:18:20

I would say unlikely to be weighed again. The initial weigh in is for BMI as the result of that may require referrals. I think my trust weigh at 36weeks if you have a bmI over 40 at booking, but more to do with anaesthetic and equipment.

Weight gain doesn't mean a huge amount in pregnancy, a lot of it is fluid retention if you're putting a lot on, if not putting on much or losing again if you're eating well this is potentially normal.

In mine they weigh again at 36 weeks, as I found to my upset yesterday. It was to decide if you would have a midwife or consultant led delivery.

caravela Fri 02-May-14 18:20:25

At our surgery there are automatic height/weight and blood pressure machines in the waiting room, and my midwife told me to arrive early before each appointment so I could print out my weight and blood pressure to take in to her. I was quite surprised about the weighing, because according to the NHS information online I've read you only get weighed at your booking in appointment and after that they just measure the bump. But I think my area must just be very unusual.

Heatherbell1978 Fri 02-May-14 19:00:22

I'm 25 wks and haven't been weighed since my initial 8 wk appointment. I think if your BMI is normal (mine was 21) then there's really no need to weigh you again unless the MW thinks you look abnormally skinny or overweight. I'm just tracking it myself. I found a website where you can input your height, weight etc and it tells you whether you're in the normal range for your weeks.

Norfolknway Fri 02-May-14 19:01:38

I was only weighed in my booking appointment.

Certainly wasn't weighed in labour

HeavenK76 Sat 03-May-14 00:18:31

I'm from Holland and had 4 dc there.
Used to get weighed there at every mw appointment
so when moved to the UK, I was very shocked not to be weighed. They used to write it down in my notes and used to feel bump every time and listen to baby's hb with doppler. Antenatal and postnatal care is excellent there.

icklekid Sat 03-May-14 05:41:58

I wondered the same thing, had presumed she would at some point...I look at the scales in the gym every time I go and wonder. Not to change diet just interested (deliberately don't have scales at home!)

Martorana Sat 03-May-14 07:53:22

What purpose is served by routine weighing?

katandkits Sat 03-May-14 08:37:22

I was weighed at booking in as that is standard. I was also weighed at 12 weeks as bmi forms part of the calculations they did with blood tests and scan, no idea why. I expect to be weighed once again at _37 week consultant appointment, I guess they need to know if I have gone from the fat category to the even fatter? If you are slim at the start and low risk I don't expect they need to weigh you again at all.

Foodylicious Sat 03-May-14 10:47:03

I thought I would be weighed too(not sure why!)
Just at booking appt to get bmi.
34 weeks now. Guess if you were obviously under or over weight they would want to monitor it. Sure they look at the bmi recorded in my notes and would check me out if I looked much bigger or smaller than they would expect at that appt.
there are definite cut offs with weight as part of the ridk assessment for midwife led care in a mwl unit or home birth as apposed to neefing hospital, consultant led delivery.0

weebairn Sat 03-May-14 13:57:49

I was weighed at 13 weeks and never again.

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