In pregnancy it is normal to have an increased appetite, however this not an excuse to eat junk food for two!
In its simplest form you should aim to reduce your sugar intake as much as possible, eat REAL food over processed food, load your diet up on veges- especially colourful ones, eat some healthy dairy products, some good sources of protein (meat, eggs, nuts etc), and healthy fats (avocado, coconut etc). Aim for balance and nutrition, make good choices most of the time and keep treats as treats.
If you are in a healthy weight range an average of 7-14 kg would not be unrealistic however each woman varies and as long as weight gain is not excessive it is normally not an issue. Huge weight gain is not a good idea in pregnancy.
If you have a high BMI where you are classed as obese or morbidly obese pre pregnancy, you should aim for as little weight gain as possible- in other words reducing your saturated fats, and high GI carbohydrates and high sugar foods, and increase your exercise while pregnant. Most pregnancy issues are complicated by obesity, and morbid obesity makes your pregnancy high risk during labour, birth and the postpartum period.
REMEMBER that most of your weight gain will occur in the last trimester (from 28 weeks til birth) so aim to keep your weight gain down in the earlier months.
Excessive weight gain and obesity can cause major complications in pregnancy & birth.
We don’t like to make anyone feel uncomfortable about their weight but these are conversations we have to have (just like with smoking) as it does have a direct impact on the health of your pregnancy and baby. Keeping your weight gain under control in pregnancy will also mean you have less weight to lose after you have baby and will recover faster.
click here to open the eating for healthy pregnant women booklet....
click here to read the MoH guidelines on healthy weight gain in pregnancy...
click here to calculate your BMI on the The Heart Foundation website...