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Weight Gain during Pregnancy

Weight gain during pregnancy will vary from woman to woman. On average most women will put on 1-2 kilos in the first 3 months of pregnancy, followed by 1-2 kilos per month for the remaining 6 months of pregnancy. This equates to an average weight gain of approximately 11-16 kilos. It is important to remember that not everyone will follow this pattern, and you may gain weight at a different rate and this can still be normal.

The following is a guide from the World Health Organization (WHO) based on pre-pregnancy BMI calculation

Underweight pre-pregnancy (BMI of < 18.5) ** Total weight gain 12-18 kg

Normal weight pre-pregnancy (BMI 18.5-24.9) ** Total weight gain 11-16 kg

Overweight pre-pregnancy (BMI 25.0-29.9) ** Total weight gain 6-11 kg

Obese pre-pregnancy (BMI >30.0) ** Total weight gain 5-9 kg

You should try to eat a healthy well balanced diet and participate in light/pregnancy appropriate exercise throughout your pregnancy.

If you have any concerns regarding your weight or diet during pregnancy you can discuss this with Dr Bonazzi at your next appointment or with Lauren (Midwife) on the phone. We can also organize a referral for a dietician if needed.

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