Weight gain during pregnancy is a norm, however, are you gaining enough or too much? Ms Kellie Kong, Dietitian from the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at KK Women's and Children's Hospital shares.
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How to tell if you’re eating enough during pregnancy
Monitoring your weight gain is a quick and simple way to assess if you are having a balanced and well-nourished diet during pregnancy.
According to Ms Kellie Kong, Dietitian from the
Department of Nutrition & Dietetics at KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), a member of the
SingHealth group, an unbalanced diet during pregnancy can predispose your baby to chronic diseases later on in life, so aim to put on the appropriate amount of weight.
To determine how much you should gain during pregnancy:
- Calculate your Body Mass Index before pregnancy (Pre-Pregnancy BMI) Body Mass Index = Weight (kg) before pregnancy / Height (m) x Height (m)
- Refer to the table below and aim for the weekly and total weight gain corresponding to your Pre-Pregnancy BMI
|Stages of pregnancy||Acceptable weight gain based on pre-pregnancy BMI|
|||below 18.5||18.5 to 24.9||25 to 29.9||30 or more|
1st trimester (week 1 - 12)|
(kg per week)
|0.5 - 2.0||0.5 – 2.0||0.5 – 2.0||0.5 – 2.0|
2nd & 3rd trimesters (week 13 - 40)|
(kg per week)
|0.44 - 0.58||0.39 - 0.50||0.23 - 0.33||0.16 - 0.25|
Recommended total weight gain (kg)||12.7 -18.1||11.3 - 15.9||6.8 - 11.3||5.0 - 9.1|
Reference: Health Promotion Board, 2012
See previous page to learn about the
nutrients you need during pregnancy.