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Understandably a lot of us are concerned about gaining weight during our pregnancy. It can even be the primary reason why you choose to start exercising.

How much weight should you gain?

The expected weight gain is 11-16 kg, for a mum-to-be at an average weight (BMI 18.5 - 24.9) before pregnancy. If you are underweight (BMI 18.4 or below) expected weight gain is 13-18 kg, while if you are overweight (BMI 25.0 - 29.9) your are expected to gain 7-11 kg.

At what rate should you gain it?

In the first trimester is expected that you will gain around 0.5 – 1.8 kg. A steady weight gain is expected in the second and third trimester, for which you are expected to increase your calorie intake by an extra 300 calories a day. This is equivalent to an extra half a sandwich and a glass of skimmed milk. If you are underweight or over weight this will differ.

Working with your healthcare provider

It is important to remember that your healthcare provider will keep a close eye on your weight. Your doctor will advise you if they notice anything that causes a concern and the appropriate weight gain, however for the majority of us weight gain is usually necessary to ensure your little one remains healthy! These numbers are a guideline and we are all unique in the journey we take.

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