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Healthy Weight Tips for Pregnant Women

• Gain a healthy amount of weight for an easier pregnancy and delivery.

Studies show that this will also lower the chances that your child will have obesity and weight-related problems.
The general weight-gain advice below is for women having only one baby.

If you areYou should gain about
Underweight (BMI less than 18.5)28 to 40 pounds
Normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9)25 to 35 pounds
Overweight (BMI of 25 to 29.9)15 to 25 pounds
Normal weight (BMI of 18.5 to 24.9)25 to 35 pounds
Obese (BMI of 30+)11 to 20 pounds

• Gain weight very slowly.

The following rate of weight gain is advised.

Too much increase in weight during pregnancy raises the chance of developing gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. It also increases the risk for type 2 diabetes later in life and the likelihood of having a cesarean section.

• Do not try to lose weight if you are pregnant.

Your baby needs to be exposed to healthy foods and low-calorie beverages (particularly water) to grow properly.

Talk to a health care professional about how much weight gain is appropriate for you. Your age, weight, and health will all be taken into consideration.

Ref: Accessed March 2022

The article written above is for informational and educational purposes only. For serious medical and health concerns, please consult a licensed health provider.