Weight and Pregnancy

Being either underweight or overweight when you become pregnant can put you at risk for certain pregnancy complications.

Babies born to underweight moms can be born prematurely or at low birthweight, which puts them at risk for health and development problems. Infants born to moms who are overweight can develop diabetes and high cholesterol. 

Getting to the ideal weight can be as simple as upping your nutrition game. Eating healthy meals is important for both you and your developing baby. 

Here are the pregnancy weight gain recommendations, based on your weight (BMI) coming into pregnancy:

  • Normal weight: 25 to 35 pounds
  • Underweight: 28 to 40 pounds
  • Overweight: 15 to 25 pounds
  • Obese: 11 to 20 pounds

Just how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy depends on your BMI (body mass index) prior to pregnancy. Talk about your specific numbers with your doctor or midwife to ensure smooth sailing. 

See also ...

•  Healthy Weight During Pregnancy

•  Eating for Two

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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