The amount of weight you gain during pregnancy is important for the health of your pregnancy and for the long-term health of your baby. Here are some pregnancy weight gain recommendations and steps you can take to meet your pregnancy weight gain goal. How much weight you should gain during pregnancy is based on your body mass index (BMI) before you well pregnant. BMI is a measurement of your body fat calculated from your weight and height.
How to calculate your body mass index: take your length or height and multiply, for example, 1.70 m x 1.70 m = 2.89, now take your weight and divide that amount with your weight, for example, 62 kg divide with 2.89 = 21 % and this is your BMI. Work out your own and see where you stand.
•Weight gain recommendations for women pregnant with one baby:
•If before pregnancy you were, underweight with a BMI less than 18.5 % you should gain 12 – 18 kg during your pregnancy.
•If you were a normal weight of 18.8 – 24.9 % BMI, you should gain 11.5 – 16 kg.
•If you were overweight before getting pregnant at 25 – 29.9 % BMI you should gain 7 – 11 kg.
•Obese of 30 – 34.9 % BMI, you should gain 5 – 9 kg.
For more information about healthy weight gain and nutrition advice you can download the ‘My Pregnancy Journey’ app available on any of the App Stores.
To keep track of your BMI you can use our BMI calculator on the app which also documents the history for you.
*All of our information are only guidelines and are not intended to replace the advice of a professional medical specialist; we are providing information to you on a general information basis only. My Pregnancy Journey disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.