Thursday, May 28, 2009

Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines

I'll be the first one to tell a pregnant woman not to worry too much about their weight gain... however, there is a still a point where we should be careful to be healthy and not use the baby as an excuse to pack on a ton of extra pounds. New guidelines were officially released today... here they are:

New Pregnancy Weight Guidelines

Here are the guidelines for pregnancy weight gain, based on a woman's BMI ( body mass index) before becoming pregnant with one baby:

Underweight: Gain 28-40 pounds
Normal weight: Gain 25-35 pounds
Overweight: Gain 15-25 pounds
Obese: Gain 11-20 pounds

And here are the guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy with twins, based on the mother's prepregnancy BMI:

Normal weight: Gain 37-54 pounds
Overweight: Gain 31-50 pounds
Obese: Gain 25-42 pounds
Underweight: No weight gain guidelines are available because of insufficient data.

Not too much different from the old ones that I remember... but I think the main point is not to stress too much about it. Eat when you are hungry, eat mostly healthy foods,  continue to exercise moderately during your pregnancy and enjoy the stage of your life... it goes by sooo fast!!  

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I think I gained right around 30-35 pounds for both of my pregnancies. I was at a normal weight before and it seemed like just the right amount to gain. I exercised moderately and tried to eat extra healthy and I felt pretty good because of it. I agree with you - there's no need to stress as long as you're being reasonable about your health habits. :)

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