What Weight is Healthy to Gain during Pregnancy?
- Eating a healthy diet and keeping active will help you to maintain a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. See the nutrition and activity sections.
- The amount of weight that is healthy to gain during pregnancy is entirely dependent on your pre-pregnancy weight for your height which is an indicator of your body fat content. This is measured as your Body Mass Index (BMI) and calculated by dividing your weight (kg) by your height (m) squared.
- Women with a higher BMI and body fat content at the start of pregnancy need not gain as much weight during pregnancy as women with a lower BMI – because they already have the adipose reserves required to support pregnancy and lactation.
- Weight gain in pregnancy can be affected by factors other than diet and activity, including some medical conditions, medications and fluid retention. If you are concerned, see your doctor.
- If you are overweight or obese, the King Edward BLOOM programme (external link) provides useful information and guidance about how to keep healthy during your pregnancy.
To find out how much weight is healthiest for you to gain, use our pregnancy weight gain calculator.
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