Weight gain during pregnancy is expected and is, in fact, important to ensure the healthy growth of your baby.  However, this does not mean you should go out and eat whatever tickles your fancy or give up exercising until Baby is born.


Being healthy is key to ensuring both you and your infant receive the proper amount of nutrients in order to keep you both in tip-top condition! 


Here are eights things you should keep in mind throughout your pregnancy: 


1. Do not try to lose weight during your pregnancy, unless you have been advised to by your doctor.


2. You will need to put on at least 7kg (15lbs) during the nine months to help with the growth of your baby.


3. The average weight gain for a mum is between 11.5kg and 12.5kg (25 - 30lbs), but, again, this depends on the woman and will be monitored by your healthcare professional. If you are overweight your doctor may advise you put on less, and if you are underweight you may be advised to put on more.


4. Most of your weight will be gained during the second and third trimester or about halfway into your journey.



5. The weight gain is NOT solely due to an increase in the amount of fat in your body; the extra weight is due to your growing baby, the placenta, amniotic fluid, breast tissue, increase in blood supply, stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding and a larger uterus.


6. If you have been advised to gain weight, you should eat five to six small meals, keep snacks in your handbag and add foods like cheese, butter and milk to your dinner or lunch.


7. BUT it doesn’t mean you have a free-for-all in terms of what you can eat. A mum-to-be needs plenty of nutrients, particularly folic acid, iron, vitamin C and D, calcium and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.


8. It’s not all about food though; moderate exercise is key to maintaining a healthy weight, and will also help you prepare for labour. Walking, swimming and yoga are safe and easy ways to help you stay fit, but you should always consult with your doctor or midwife before you do anything.