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Ideal weight gain in pregnancy

Updated: Mar 4, 2020

Obsession with a lean body make pregnancy weight gain a sensitive topic some moms. Most women need gain some extra weight to be healthy in pregnancy.

During pregnancy you are nurturing a new life! Don't be too worried about body image and trust that you are gaining the weight for your baby. Trust your body!


A one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy weight gain definitely doesn’t work. Women who are underweight (body mass index <19 kg/m2) are more likely to have a small baby of less than 2.5kg. This can have serious long-term effect on the baby’s health. They have higher risk of adulthood obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Most pregnant women expect weight gain of 10–12 kg throughout the entire journey.


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