BMI stands for body mass index, and this is a way for your health team to know whether you are a healthy weight for your height.
If you’re overweight, now is not the time to ‘crash’ diet though. The most important thing is to keep pregnancy weight gain at a healthy level.
How much caffeine have you had today?
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Drinking a lot of caffeine in pregnancy has been linked to miscarriage and low birth weight so the current advice is to limit your caffeine intake to no more than 200mg a day during your pregnancy.
How many cigarettes do you smoke per day?
Some people think that the stress of quitting smoking is worse for the baby than continuing to smoke, but this is not true. Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do to help your baby grow and develop well in the womb.
It's also a very expensive habit. Use our smoking calculator to see what you can buy when you quit.
Now that you’re pregnant, it’s important to eat well. Good nutrition will keep you healthy and help your baby grow and develop.
Although you will be putting on weight in pregnancy as your baby grows, limiting the amount of extra weight gain in pregnancy will improve your health and your baby's, both now and in the future.
Smoking in pregnancy is harmful to your baby. Quitting is one of the best things you can do to protect your baby’s health through pregnancy and beyond.
People may tell you that pregnancy is a good time to put your feet up. If your pregnancy is uncomplicated it is actually much healthier for you and your baby to exercise while pregnant.
- CMACE/RCOG (2010), Joint Guideline Management of Women with Obesity in Pregnancy: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/cmacercogjointguidelinemanagementwomenobesitypregnancya.pdf (accessed 23/03/2018)
- NICE (2010), Dietary interventions and physical activity interventions for weight management before, during and after pregnancy, Public health guidance 27, 2010
- NHS Choices, Caffeine in pregnancy: https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/limit-caffeine-during-pregnancy.aspx?CategoryID=54&SubCategoryID=216 (accessed 23/03/2018)
ℹLast reviewed on April 10th, 2018. Next review date April 10th, 2021.