Weight gain in pregnancy varies greatly. Most pregnant women may gain between 10kg and 12.5kg (22lb to 26lb), putting on most of the weight after week 20.

Much of the extra weight is due to your baby growing, but your body will also be storing fat, ready to make breast milk after your baby is born.

Putting on too much or too little weight can lead to health problems for you or your unborn baby.

Gaining too much weight

Putting on too much weight can affect your health and increase your blood pressure. However, pregnancy is not the time to go on a diet, as it may harm the health of the unborn child.

It’s important that you eat healthily.

Gaining too much weight can increase your risk of complications. These include:

gestational diabetes: too much glucose (sugar) in your blood during pregnancy can cause gestational diabetes, which increases your risk of having a large baby

pre-eclampsia: a rise in blood pressure can be the first sign of pre-eclampsia; although most cases are mild and cause no trouble, pre-eclampsia can be serious (Information taken from nhs choices)

 

 

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