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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Your Child gets all nutrients from you. So, to ensure the baby is getting enough, it’s your responsibility to eat enough. However, eating too much could lead to problems. Proper weight gain during pregnancy is one of the best ways to ensure that Your Child develops fast, happy, and healthy.

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Proper weight gain during pregnancy is one of the best ways to ensure that Your Child’s development is fast, happy, and healthy.

Why tracking weight gain matters
Your Child gets all nutrients from you. To ensure the baby is getting enough energy to grow, it’s your responsibility to eat plenty of healthy food and gain sufficient weight. But, eating too much, especially sweets and fatty foods, could also lead to problems. This is why tracking based on your weight based on your Body Mass Index (BMI) is so important.

First-trimester weight gain
During the first trimester, most moms-to-be don’t gain much weight. The amount of weight gained during this period varies between 0.5 – 2.5 kg. However, it’s also normal not to gain any weight or even lose a little bit during the first trimester due to food aversions or morning sickness.

Second and third-trimester weight gain
Most moms-to-be tend to gain between 4-9 kg by the end of the second trimester. Weight gain is greatest during the third trimester as this is the time that Your Child packs on lots of cute baby fat. Ensure you’re gaining enough weight by eating healthy foods that aren’t high in sugar.

How much weight to gain?
The majority of the weight is due to increased blood volume, larger breasts, and water retention, along with the baby and placenta. The amount of weight that you’re supposed to gain depends on your natural weight and is determined by your Body Mass Index (BMI).

Suggested weight gain based on your BMI:

Under 18: 12-18 kg

18-25: 11-16 kg

25-30: 7-11 kg

30+: 5-9 kg

Suggested weight gain for twins pregnancy based on your BMI:

Under 18: 22-28 kg

18–22: 17-24 kg

23–30: 14–22 kg

30+: 4–8 kg

How to calculate your BMI using our app
When you signed up for our app we asked for your height and weight. Then we calculate your BMI and provide you with your individual weight gain plan. 

How to calculate your BMI manually
To calculate your BMI by yourself, divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters: weight in kilograms / {height in meters x height in meters}. For example, if your weight is 50 kg and your height is 1.6 meters, you have to calculate: 50 / [1.6 * 1.6] or 50 / 2.56; the answer is 19.53. That means, if you are 50kg in weight and 160cm in height, your BMI is around 19.5, and you should gain between 11-16 kg during your pregnancy.

Risks of overeating
Too much weight gain can mean problems for you as well as Your Child. Severely overweight women are more prone to hypertension and gestational diabetes and are more likely to have a cesarean section. Their babies may also be born bigger, with low blood sugar.

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