Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain


In this course you will learn how to effectively discuss weight gain with pregnant women. You will be presented with practical tips, evidence-based research from the most recent Health Canada and Institute of Medicine recommendations, as well as the latest study findings from innovative projects being conducted right here in Alberta. We have consulted with both women and health care providers across the province to shape this program.

The words ‘woman’ and ‘her’ are used throughout this course to describe biological sex (sex assigned at birth) which is based on reproductive anatomy. However, not everyone with a female reproductive system is female. It is important to ensure a person’s preferred name, pronoun and self-declared gender (e.g. he, she, ze, they) are used when talking to and about them and that this is communicated to all relevant health care providers. For more information on gender identity and inclusive language, visit


Tools and Resources


After completing the e-learning course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the influence of pre-pregnancy weight and pregnancy weight gain on maternal, infant and child health outcomes
  • Apply Health Canada’s Gestational Weight Gain Guidelines
  • Utilize resources to support and counsel women on healthy weight gain during pregnancy
  • Apply strategies for providing tailored and woman-centered care to support women in gaining a healthy weight throughout pregnancy
  • It is not recommended to access the online modules on smartphones at this point. Your learning experience might be compromised.
  • ‘TAKE NOTES’: To make notes for your own use, click on ‘TAKE NOTES’ at the upper right corner of your screen to open the notes field. All the course notes you have made can be found in a full list in the page of ‘My Courses’.
  • “MARK COMPLETE”: When you go through the course the first time, you will notice the “MARK COMPLETE” button in the pages. Make sure clicking on it when you reach the bottom of the page. Please note it won’t allow you to move to the next module before you complete all the topics in a module. After you complete the whole course, the “MARK COMPLETE” will not be there anymore when you revisit the content.
  • ‘RESUME LEARNING”: For the convenience of self-paced learning, you may exit from the middle of the course and come back later. When you log into the e-learning portal again, click on ‘RESUME LEARNING’, and you will be redirected to where you left last time.

Throughout this course you will see the following icons when additional information and insights are presented.

Results from Alberta research projects
What women in Alberta are saying
Practice tips from Alberta health care providers
Reflective activity


This one-credit-per-hour Self-Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.

This activity is an Accredited Self-Assessment Program (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by University of Calgary Office of Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development. You may claim a maximum of 1.5 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

You may also perform Linking Learning exercises around a question you ask yourself as a result of learning from this program at: Each completed Linking Learning exercise earns up to five Mainpro+ certified credits.

Accredited Royal College MOC Section 1 and Section 3 credits are eligible for certified Mainpro+ credits, up to a maximum of 50 credits per five-year cycle; any additional credits are eligible as non-certified Mainpro+ credits. MOC Section 3 accredited activities can be claimed at 3 credits per hour up to the cycle maximum.

Material presented are in compliance with the University of Calgary Copyright Policy, Acceptable Use of Material Protected by Copyright.

Course materials are for individual use only and not to be distributed.

  • This course has received no commercial sponsorship support.
  • This program was provided by Alberta Health Services – Healthy Children and Families department, the ENRICH Research Program and the University of Calgary CME&PD, and was planned to achieve scientific integrity, objectivity and balance.
  • Speaker and Planning Committee Disclosures:




Heather Armson


Honoraria: The Foundation for Medical Practice Education, Executive Director

Ray Harrison


Nothing to disclose

Kara Nerenberg


Honoraria: Alberta Health Services and University of Calgary – Clinician-Scientist; Clinical Trials (Research Funding): Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, CIHR

Letitcia Radin Pereira


Nothing to disclose

Sarah Makhdoom


Rural Health Professionals Action Plan is an NGO – Director
Canadian Global Care Society – Past President

Utkarsh Subnis (CME Representative)


Nothing to disclose

Kristen Di LulloBSc RDN/A
Rshmi KhuranaMD FRCPCHonoraria: Leo Pharma
R. Douglas WilsonMD FRCSCN/A

Heather Armson MD, CCFP
Kara Nerenberg MD, MSc, FRCPC
Ray Harrison MHS, RSW
Leticia Radin Pereira PhD
Sarah Makhdoom CCFP, MBBS
Utkarsh Subnis PhD, MBBS (CME Representative)

This course has received an educational grant from Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunity (CRIO) Program, Alberta Innovates.

Alberta Health Services – Reproductive Health, Healthy Children and Families, Healthy Living, Population, Public and Indigenous Health
ENRICH Research Program

We thank all of the stakeholders who provided feedback and Laura Adam who provided additional support during the development of the course.