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Obesity & Pregnancy

Being at a healthy weight helps promote a healthy pregnancy and baby. Our free New Beginnings program offers overweight women who have just learned they are pregnant individual and group sessions on nutrition, exercise and stress-management.

The program consists of six sessions, held every other week at the Suburban Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 200, Lancaster. Topics include risk factors, nutrition, exercise, breastfeeding, and postpartum issues. After the sessions are finished, pregnant moms return for monthly educational sessions and weight checks.


It is recommended that participants enter the program before week 12 of their pregnancy. Participants should have no existing physical limitations or medical conditions including:

  • Type I Diabetes
  • Lupus- autoimmune disease
  • Steroid Therapy- non-inhaled steroids
  • History of bariatric surgery
  • History of pre-term labor

How to enroll

To enroll, or for more information, please contact the program coordinator at 717-544-3145.

Funding for this program is made possible through the United Auxiliaries to The Lancaster General Hospital.

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