A healthy diet is very important whilst you are pregnant as it will help to keep you fit and well and help your baby to develop and grow.
If you have a body mass index (BMI) above 30, you should ideally limit your weight gain in pregnancy to between 5-9kg – what is body mass index?
You do not need to go on a special diet but there are foods that all women should avoid in pregnancy.
Despite what you may have heard, you do not need to eat for two but you may find you are more hungry than normal. You may have to change high fat/sugar snacks for healthier options and alter the amounts of different foods you eat.
Weight gain is inevitable during pregnancy and is quite normal! Gaining weight at a steady pace will help your baby grow and develop and reduce the risk of complications during your pregnancy.
Research has shown that excessive weight gain in pregnant women with a body mass index (BMI) above 30 has been linked to several risks and complications. The higher a woman’s BMI, the higher the risks.
These risks include:
The risks include;
These problems can also happen to any pregnant woman, whether she is overweight or not.