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Lucy Ortega @LucyUMM

"How much is the ideal weight gain in pregnancy?" It is one of the questions that many women ask themselves when they are expecting a baby. Caring for our health in pregnancy is very important, and the weight gain we may have is one of the things we have to watch out for.

But how many kilos can you put on during pregnancy? We tell you everything you need to know about weight gain at this stage.

The importance of taking care of weight during pregnancy

As mentioned at the beginning, taking care of weight gain during pregnancy is one of the health issues that we must take into account during this stage. It is very important that we ignore that famous phrase "now you eat for two", because we can fall into excess and poor diet.

By leading a healthy weight gain in pregnancy, we may be less likely to have complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, eclampsia, premature birth or babies who are born overweight and may have other health problems themselves in the future.

From taking a balanced and nutritious diet, to exercising (always with the authorization of the doctor), we must avoid that the increase of kilos is excessive and that our weight is within the recommendations to have a safe and healthy gestation.

The BMI: the guide for weight gain in pregnancy

And how to know how much weight we can take in pregnancy if each body and each woman are different? Guiding us by our health conditions and the body mass index (BMI) we have before pregnancy, which is calculated taking into account weight and height.

Based on information from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, this is the number of pounds that each woman must increase in pregnancy, according to her IMC :

  • If your BMI is less than 18.5, you must increase from 13 to 18 kilos.
  • If your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9 (the normal or healthy range), you must increase from 11 to 16 kilos.
  • If your BMI is between 25.0 and 29.9, you must increase between six and 11 kilos.
  • If your BMI exceeds 30.0, you must increase between five and nine kilos.

However, we must take into account the results of a recent study, which concluded that the recommendations on the increase of kilos in pregnancy for women with low weight with obesity should change. While it is not recommended to lose weight or diets during pregnancy, this study found that in the case of very obese women with a BMI greater than 40, it should be considered to lose a few kilos.

Always remember that the best thing is that you go to your doctor as soon as you find out about your pregnancy, so that he can give you an assessment and give you the specific indications for your body and your health, because each woman is different and so you can take a better Weight control since the beginning of this.

Keep track of your weight

Now, the ideal is that prior to pregnancy we prepare to start this stage with a healthy weight and within the "normal" ranges. In the event that this is not possible, then we will have to pay special attention to our weight and nutrition during pregnancy.

In each medical review, you will weigh and control the weight gain throughout pregnancy, but it can also help you keep a record of your weight yourself, because sometimes the consultations can be very spaced and we can find the surprise of a large weight gain between one month and another.

By keeping your own record at home on a daily or weekly basis, you will be more attentive and aware of everything you do and eat, and it will be easier to take care of the weight gain during pregnancy .

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