A local scheme is helping pregnant women to make great progress in achieving a healthy weight as well as eating healthily.
The Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) helps pregnant women through a supportive network that encourages healthy eating and exercise.
This is important when expecting a baby as it can help prevent health problems for the mother and child in the future.
Members of the scheme, hosted by the National Children’s Bureau and funded by the Big Lottery Fund, are given a pedometer to measure how much physical activity they do in a day, and advised by a community activity and nutrition trainer.
Laura McFarlane, who has worked with parents in Lambeth for nearly 30 years and leads LEAP, said: “Women in Lambeth have worked alongside experts in maternal health to create practical advice and support for mothers in the borough.
“The first pregnant women to benefit from our programme are supporting each other to take charge of their health.”
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