KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) shares what is considered healthy (and what is unhealthy) weight gain during pregnancy.
How much weight gain is considered healthy weight gain during your pregnancy?
During the first trimester, it is common for mothers to lose weight due to poor appetite, nausea, and vomiting (as known as morning sickness). Once the morning sickness settles, you will start to gain weight.
To make sure that you don’t put on too much weight during your pregnancy, we will be tracking your weight during your pregnancy and provide you with reminders on healthy eating habits. It is important to ensure that you have a good control over your weight as this can affect both you and your baby’s health.
In mothers who put on too much weight, they are at risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) and
gestational diabetes (see Second Trimester). Babies of these mothers also tend to grow larger than average, which may lead to a difficult delivery or the need to go through a caesarean section.
On the flip side, if you’re losing weight or gain too little weight throughout the pregnancy, it can increase your baby’s risk of being born too small, needing a longer hospital stay, or having low blood sugar level.
Here are tips on how to eat and exercise properly and safely during pregnancy.
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