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Obesity & Pregnancy

Track Your BMI During Pregnancy

According to a recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in the United States, more than 1/3rd of women are obese, and more than a half of pregnant women are overweight or obese.

Track Your Weight

Step 1: Track your pre-pregnancy BMI

For a healthy pregnancy, you might need to gain a certain amount of weight which depends on your pre pregnancy weight.

Track your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) either by BMI calculator or by the following table:

 

Step 2: Track Your Pregnancy BMI

Your pre-pregnancy BMI determines the amount of weight you need to gain during pregnancy. Following table helps you in tracking your BMI during pregnancy:

 

You must be wondering why you need to gain weight. Well, your unborn baby grows inside you and gets all the nutrition from you. The additional weight you gain is not just due to fat accumulation but it comprises of increase in many body fluids and blood volume. This increase in weight is required to sustain the proper development of the baby as well as prepare the body to provide critical nutrition through breastfeeding, after the delivery. The following table would help you know more about the distribution of weight gained during the pregnancy:

 

Step 3: Track Your Post-pregnancy BMI

Tracking and sheding the extra weight (gained during the pregnancy) is very important. Plan carefully and consult with your health care provider to ensure that you have a weight normalization strategy in place.

 

 Last Reviewed on July 26, 2014

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