Christella Williams, Midwife, The Portland Hospital for Women and Children
Q How much weight should I expect to put on in pregnancy?
A Firstly, it is important to remember that no two pregnancies are exactly the same. Generally an expectant mother can expect to gain 10 - 12 kg but some women do retain more fluid during pregnancy which may lead to increased weight gain, however this is soon lost after delivery. If you are expecting twins or more, you will obviously put on more than that.
Having a healthy BMI (Body Mass Index) of between 20 and 25 is the ideal range when considering becoming pregnant. Research demonstrates that a normal BMI at the beginning of pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of complications such as Gestational Diabetes and high blood pressure. Your diet will impact on the development of the baby and it is therefore important that you eat widely from each of the main food groups.
For further information or to book an appointment please contact us on our Maternity Services enquiry line:
Telephone: 020 7390 6068
Fax: 020 7390 6026