BRINGING UP BRITAIN: Misbehaving Mums To Be

Part of BBC Three’s Bringing Up Britain season, this warm and uplifting series follows a team of midwives as they take pregnant women who binge drink, chain smoke and overeat and help them get back into shape before they give birth.

Being pregnant can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, but some put their babies at risk before they are even born. Twenty per cent of women smoke during pregnancy, 35 per cent continue to drink alcohol and 20 per cent of pregnant women are worryingly obese.

Each week, three soon-to-be mums work with the specialist midwives, who use their extensive experience and cutting-edge technology to help them transform their bad habits and reverse the dangers currently posed to their babies’ health. Together, they create a personalised plan to get these misbehaving mums back in shape for one of the most important events of their lives.

In this first episode, specialist midwife Lisa Fendall meets 22-year-old Heather, who smoked her way through her first pregnancy and now, 26 weeks pregnant with her second child, has still not kicked the habit.

Midwife Alison Williams works with 35-year-old Juliet, a self-confessed wine-drinking workaholic who’s finding it difficult to cope with the sudden change in lifestyle needed when pregnant.

Finally, midwife Carol Hemmings meets 22-year-old Kayley who, at three months pregnant, is living off a diet of chips and gravy. Already classed as morbidly obese, Kayley needs to abandon the junk food and start looking after both herself and her baby.

The series follows the midwives as they try to convince these unhealthy women to quit their damaging ways for the sake of themselves and their unborn children.

Misbehaving Mums To Be is part of the Bringing Up Britain Season, on TV and online. Other programmes include: Cherry Healey Investigates: Is Breast Best?, Gatwick Baby – Abandoned At Birth, Fast Food Baby, Meet The Multiples and What If My Baby Is Born Like Me?

Thursday 14 April
9.00-10.00pm BBC THREE