BMI: Pre-pregnancy And Pregnancy Weight

BMI: Pre-pregnancy And Pregnancy Weight

A good prenatal checkup should include height and weight measurements to determine if you are a nice, healthy weight. Many over/underweight women go on to have normal pregnancies but ensuring that you are fit and healthy can help you prevent other complications or diseases during pregnancy and later on in life. Depending on your pre-pregnancy BMI/weight, you may need to either lose some weight or gain a little more than other women with normal weights. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) is a type of body mass measurement which evaluates your weight with respect to your height. To calculate your BMI, you divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters (i.e. your height multiplied by itself).

I.e. BMI = (Your Weight in kg) / (Your Height in metres) 2

Typically:

  • An underweight  person has a BMI less than 18
  • An overweight  person has a BMI  between 25-29.9
  • An obese person has a BMI greater than 30

If you think that you are over/underweight, start making healthy life changes right now by changing your diet or lifestyle as necessary. The following show typical weight gains during pregnancy:

  • Women who were obese before falling pregnant i.e. those with a BMI of over 30, should gain between 3–8 kilograms during pregnancy; with their medical practitioner’s blessings of course.
  • Women who were overweight before falling pregnant i.e. those whose BMI fall between 25–29.9, should gain between 5–10 kilograms during pregnancy; with their medical practitioner’s blessings of course.
  • Women who were underweight before falling pregnant i.e. those whose BMI fall below 18, might need to gain between 12–19 kilograms during pregnancy; with their medical practitioner’s blessings of course.
  • Women who had a healthy weight before falling pregnant i.e. those whose BMI fall between 18.5–24.9, might need to gain between 12–19 kilograms during pregnancy; with their medical practitioner’s blessings of course.

Not sure of your BMI, why don’t you find out by using our BMI calculator?

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