Weight management in pregnancy

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.

  • 'FAQ' written in pink chalk on black board.

    Weight management FAQs

    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.

  • A woman's hand holding a BMI calculator.

    Calculate your BMI

    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.

in Pregnancy information

Read more on weight management in pregnancy

  • Pregnant women at the gym with a personal trainer

    Overweight and pregnant

    If you are overweight and pregnant or obese and pregnant, there are lots of reasons why it's important to manage your weight.

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    Underweight

    If you're planning to get pregnant, have a look at our information about body mass index (BMI) and use our BMI calculator to find out which pre-pregnancy weight range you fall into.

  • Healthy weight gain during pregnancy infographic

    How much weight should I gain in pregnancy?

    Healthy weight gain during pregnancy varies a lot between different women.

  • A woman's hand holding a BMI calculator.

    Calculate your BMI

    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.

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    Healthy eating tips

    Now you're pregnant, people may tell you to have second helpings or to eat more treats '...because you're eating for two'. It’s not true and is likely to lead to extra weight gain.

  • 'FAQ' written in pink chalk on black board.

    Weight management FAQs

    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.

  • Pregnant woman talking to nurse.

    Pregnancy diet dos and don’ts

    There’s no escaping it: Everyone puts on weight in pregnancy. It’s totally normal and the right thing for you and your baby. Managing your weight by eating well and keeping active is good for you and your baby.

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    Staying active in pregnancy

    Keeping active in pregnancy is great for you and your baby.

  • Pregnant woman going for a walk.

    4 tips for managing your weight in pregnancy

    There is plenty of support available to help you manage your weight during your pregnancy and after your baby is born.

  • Pregnant after weight-loss surgery

    Most women who get pregnant after weight-loss surgery have an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth. The risks to you and your baby are lower after surgery than if you kept a very high body mass index (BMI).

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    Making a weight management plan

    It's important to look after yourself and start managing your weight as early as possible in your pregnancy to get the most benefit. Having some goals and planning what you're going to do will help.

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    Questions about weight in pregnancy

    Your questions about how being an unhealthy weight effects your pregnancy.

Last reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.

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