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Weight gain

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You will often hear people say about pregnancy, that now you are “eating for two”, but that doesn’t mean you have to “eat like two”. In general, you will need only an extra 2-3 servings from Canada's Food Guide each day.

The actual amount of food you eat each day will vary with your pre-pregnancy weight, your health, how many babies you are carrying, your activity level, and your hunger.

Weight gain in pregnancy

It is normal and healthy to gain weight during pregnancy. A woman who does not gain weight is more likely to have a low birth weight baby, which can lead to greater health problems.

  • The amount you should gain is based on your age, your Body Mass Index (BMI) before pregnancy, you can find out your pre-pregnancy BMI by talking to your healthcare provider or using an online calendar.

  • Since every woman is unique, discuss what’s right for you with your caregiver.

  • Some women are worried about gaining too much weight or too little weight in their pregnancy.

Healthy weight gain in pregnancy

If your weight before pregnancy was healthy.............................11 to 16 kg (25 to 35 lb)
If you were underweight before pregnancy................................13 to 18 kg (28 to 40 lb)
If you were overweight before this pregnancy.............................7 to 11.5 kg (15 to 25 lb)
If you were obese before this pregnancy...................................5 to 9 kg (11 to 20 lb)
If you are carrying twins..........................................................16 to 20.5 kg (37 to 54 lb)*

*Overweight or underweight women who are  carrying twins should discuss their weight gain with their caregiver.

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