So you go to your OB/GYN (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) every check up, and the nurse checks your blood pressure. Then she does this little thing you hate, she checks your weight. As if any pregnant woman needs a reminder of how much weight she’s gaining! You stand there like a middle school student waiting for your test results. Just like I did. Did you gain too much? Too little? Just enough? What is enough exactly anyway?
According to the “Weight Gain During Pregnancy guidelines” (PDF) published by Institute of Medicine (IOM) 11.5-16 kg (25-35 lbs) is the recommended gestational weight gain (GWG) during the whole pregnancy. That is for a woman who had an average BMI (Body Mass Index) before pregnancy. Or in really simplified terms, if the expectant mother was average weight before pregnancy.
However, the amount of weight recommended for each woman is different depending on her BMI before pregnancy. To calculate your BMI please enter your weight, height, age and sex before pregnancy in the tool below.
Click on the BMI that you received
What’s funny is that these weight ranges are “generous”. In the 1970’s according to an National Research Council (NRC report), the average ranged was 9.1–11.3 kg. I think I gained that much in the last trimester alone!
Read: The big Fear: Weight Gain during Pregnancy for the full details of the disadvantages of weight gain during pregnancy.
- Always make sure you are on track
- Take the recommended vitamins and supplements
- Choice of food is just as important as amount of food. So choose carefully. Food choices should be healthy and full of vitamins. Those choices are NOT be junk food, including burgers, candies, and the ultimate sucker chips.
- Read Exercise During Pregnancy. Exercise is one of the best things you do for yourself and for your baby during pregnancy.
You can check out this really really cool Healthy Weight Gain Tool by Institute of Medicine for pregnancy recommendations.
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