Weight gain during pregnancy

Tracking your weight gain during pregnancy is one of the best ways to ensure that Your Baby ’s development is healthy.

Why tracking weight gain matters
Your Baby gets all the nutrients from you. To ensure your baby is getting enough nutrients to grow, you should 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 your weight using your body mass index (BMI) is very 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 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 Baby 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 size as 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 sign up for our app, we ask for your height and weight. The app uses those parameters to 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 cause problems for you, as well as Your Baby . 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 and with low blood sugar.

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