Why Pregnancy Weight Loss Goals Aren't Best
As a general rule, we do not encourage pregnant women to lose weight. We prefer you focus on non-weight loss related goals – like committing to three days of exercise per week, or being sure to get five serves of vegies every day for the week.
Goals around consistency are really good to aim for, such as planning to go for a gentle walk for 20 mins every other day for the week, or attending one pre-natal yoga class each week.
Food related goals are another option, like aiming to include a different green vegie in every dinner meal for the week, or cooking and freezing an extra two meals per week to build your emergency stash – so helpful when bub comes home and time becomes a cherished commodity!
How To Determine Your Pregnancy Weight Gain
Pregnancy weight gain is determined by your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), which measures your weight in relation to your height. BMI is a widely used indicator that measures your body fat based on your weight and height. Calculate your BMI with our handy tool.
According to the National Health and Medical Research Council, if your BMI was:
- Less than 18.5 (underweight), you should gain between 12½kg and 18kg
- 18.5 to 24.9 (normal weight), you should gain between 11½kg and 16kg
- 25 to 29.9 (overweight), you should gain between 7kg and 11½kg
- 30 or more (obese), you should gain between 5kg and 9kg
If you're carrying twins or triplets, you'll need to gain more weight during your pregnancy. Talk to your doctor to find out exactly how much you should put on, depending on your circumstances.
Here's to Your Health
Above all remember that your pregnancy is a time for you to focus on being healthy and doing things that are going to give your baby the best start in life, enjoy this life affirming time!