Web Content Viewer (JSR 286) - Healthy Weight


Expecting mother holding her bellyIf you are having a baby, you need to gain weight throughout your pregnancy. How much depends on how much you weighed before you became pregnant.

The benefits of putting on an appropriate amount of weight are numerous.

If you enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods while you’re pregnant and breastfeeding, you give your child a better start in life. Your baby may have a reduced chance of being born underweight. Some research also shows that babies born to women who have healthy diets are likely to have healthier diets themselves.


Maintaining a healthy pregnancy weight allows your baby to develop properly. The baby’s brain and spinal cord start to develop at six to eight weeks into the pregnancy and the kidneys at 28–30 weeks. Interrupting the quality and flow of nutrients and energy at these stages of pregnancy in particular could harm your baby's development.

Gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy is also important for you. You need to look after your own health, and eating well among other things reduces the chances getting diabetes while pregnant.

You may also need to lose any additional pregnancy weight after your child is born. Eating a healthy diet can help with this, as can breastfeeding.



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