Today we will be continuing with our series on Nutrition and Healthy Eating, by discussing BMI.

It is important to remember that at the end of the day Weight is only a number. But it can be a useful tool for keeping an eye on whether we are staying healthy.

What is BMI?

It is difficult to know what the ideal weight gain is for a Mum during pregnancy. It’s connected to her BMI. This is her Body Mass Index. It is calculated using a person’s height and weight.

The BMI guidelines are as follows:

  • Less than 18.5 is considered underweight. For women in this category, their ideal pregnancy weight gain would be 28-40lb (12.7-18.1kg).
  • Between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered a healthy weight. The ideal pregnancy weight gain would be 25-35lb (11.3-15.9kg).
  • 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight. Ideally gain 15-25lb (6.8-11.3kg).
  • More than 30 is considered Obese. Gain 11-20lb (5-9.1kg).

So there you go Mums, now you know your ideal weight gains, which go hand-in-hand with physical activity.

Find Out More

The NHS website can be a great source of information. Here is what it says about BMI:

  • BMI takes into account natural variations in body shape, giving a healthy weight range for a particular height.
  • As well as measuring your BMI, healthcare professionals may take other factors into account when assessing if you’re a healthy weight.
  • Muscle is much denser than fat, so very muscular people, such as heavyweight boxers, weight trainers and athletes, may be a healthy weight even though their BMI is classed as obese.
  • Your ethnic group can also affect your risk of some health conditions. For example, adults of Asian origin may have a higher risk of health problems at BMI levels below 25.

These are just numbers, but they can be a really useful guide to staying at your healthiest during pregnancy. If you want to know more about how to do this, get in touch with a member of our team.

Happy Body, Happy Mind, Happy Baby!