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Steady weight gain during pregnancy is normal and important for your health and your developing baby. However, it is also important not to gain too much weight.

If you are pregnant, a good approach is to eat to satisfy your appetite and continue to monitor your weight. For women who are a healthy weight, it is recommended that you gain between 11.5 and 16 kg. Underweight women may need to gain more weight (between 12.5 and 18 kg).

If you are overweight, pregnancy is not the time to start dieting or trying to lose weight.

However, it is recommended for women who are overweight to gain less weight during pregnancy (between 5 and 11.5 kg).

You need around an extra 300 calories per day during the 2nd and 3rd Trimesters, and it’s a myth that you must “eat for two”.  Listen to your body and you will tend to crave the foods that you need and there is no need to force yourself to over eat.

Reposted with permission, originally posted on Dr Joseph Sgroi’s blog