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!