Weight Gain During Pregnancy – How Much Is Too Much?

Now that you are pregnant, you are worried about how much weight is adequate. The things that affect how much weight you can put on is decided by:

  1. Your BMI (Body mass index) at the start of your pregnancy.
  2.  Your fitness levels (including diet & physical activities)
  3. Your medical condition

Why is your BMI so important?

Your pre-pregnancy BMI helps to asses your weight-height relationship in order to know if you’re in the normal weight range.

Based on your BMI, you can be categorized as:

Underweight: BMI less than 18.5

Normal: BMI between 18.5 and 24.9

Overweight: BMI between 25 and 29.9

Obese: BMI more than 30

So based on this classification, the accepted weight that you can gain is as given below:

  • For a woman with normal BMI, the recommended pregnancy weight gain is around 11 to 16 kgs (25 to 35 lbs).
  • A woman who is underweight recommended pregnancy weight gain is around 13 to 18 kgs (28 to 40 lbs). (13 to 18 kg)
  • A woman who is overweight recommended pregnancy weight gain is around 7 to 11 kgs (15 to 25 lbs).
  • In obese women recommended pregnancy weight gain is around 5 to 9 kgs  (11 to 20 lbs).

In case of multiples pregnancies (twins or high order multiples), the weight gain is about 18 to 22.5 kg  (40-50 pounds).

Why is your fitness level important?

Fitness is really crucial as, during your pregnancy, your body undergoes a lot of changes. These changes will affect you mentally and physically. And by following a healthy lifestyle, you will sail through your pregnancy smoothly. Staying fit by eating right and exercising is a must these 9 months, they help you go through the pregnancy changes and blues easily. Fitness apart from helping you manage your weight has added benefits. These include:

Why is your medical history important?

There is no denying that certain medical conditions may affect your pregnancy. Some of them include hypothyroidism, diabetes, cancer chemotherapy and so on. Knowing family history for inherited diseases is also a must. All these alter the course of your pregnancy along with you and your baby’s health. Thus, it is a must to speak to your doctor about your medical history to know if it is the cause of your weight gain.



Dr. Aishwarya Rajeev has completed her MDS degree and is currently pursuing her PhD. She is an avid reader and loves to teach and write!

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