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Factors associated with Postpartum Weight Retention in Thai Singleton Pregnant Women at 6 Weeks Postpartum in Hua Hin Hospital


  • Jiratchaya Kleebsuwan Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hua Hin Hospital


postpartum weight retention, pregnancy weight gain, Postpartum follow-up, pregnant woman




Background: Obesity is currently a major problem with increasing epidemiological trends worldwide, including in Thailand. Obesity creates impacts on human beings, both at the individual and state level, as it affects human health, society and economic status. Generally, when women become pregnant, their weight will increase quickly and many cases of acquired weight have remained after childbirth. If women do not take care of themselves correctly, the remaining weight will ultimately grow into overweight and obese.

Objective: The objective of this analytical research was to examine factors affecting postpartum weight retention at 6 weeks postpartum.

Methods: The sample was a medical record of 908 Thai women who were attended antenatal care, maternity visits and postpartum follow-up at Hua Hin Hospital between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2021. Data were analyzed using Percentage, Mean, and Standard deviation, t-test, one-way ANOVA, Correlation and Stepwise multiple regression analysis.

Results: The results showed that the postpartum weight retention at 6 weeks of Thai women who received antenatal care, maternity care and postpartum follow-up at Hua Hin Hospital had an average weight of 2.31 kg (S.D.= 4.54). According to the pre-pregnancy characteristics, during pregnancy and mode of delivery found that the parity, pre-pregnancy body mass index and pregnancy weight gain had an effect on the residual weight at 6 weeks postpartum (P<0.05). Obtained result from the multiple regression analysis according to the order of the variables entering the equation was statistically at the significant level of 0.01. The pregnancy weight gain was predicted by 44.2% at 6 weeks of postpartum weight.

Conclusion: From the results of this research, the author suggested that the factors affecting the postpartum weight retention, especially pregnancy weight gain should be monitored. Attention to the primigravida women and women with a normal pre-pregnancy body mass index should be the priority.

Keywords: Postpartum weight retention, Pregnancy weight gain, Postpartum follow-up, Pregnant woman

Author Biography

Jiratchaya Kleebsuwan, Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hua Hin Hospital






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Kleebsuwan, J. . . (2023). Factors associated with Postpartum Weight Retention in Thai Singleton Pregnant Women at 6 Weeks Postpartum in Hua Hin Hospital. Hua Hin Medical Journal, 2(3). Retrieved from



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