Pregnancy is, of course, a time of weight gain. But what's the easiest way to check whether you're putting on too much or too little?
By Dr Michelle LIM, Associate Consultant and Associate Professor Tan Thiam Chye, Visiting Consultant, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital
As you enter week 9 of pregnancy, a well-balanced diet becomes more important than ever, so that you can feed yourself and your baby with the best possible nutrients.
Your Body Mass Index is a key indicator. You can work it out this way. Step 1: Note your pre-pregnancy weight in kilos
Step 2: Measure your current height
Step 3: Your BMI = weight divided by height squared
Differences Between Child And Adult BMI
Not gaining enough weight increases the risk of a premature birth. One common reason you may find it hard to put on the kilograms is morning sickness — see your doctor if this becomes a problem. Ideally, you should try to eat three main meals a day, plus two or three snacks in-between.
Related: BMI Calculator
It's important to note that weight gain is normal in pregnancy, and you should not dive into a radical diet programme at this time. Small, healthy changes to your diet are recommended.
Watch your intake of high-fat or sugary foods with these simple tips:
Don't forget that a healthy diet should be supported by regular exercise, so stay active with light activities every day, like a brisk walk.
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The New Art and Science of Pregnancy and Childbirth 2008, World Scientific
Healthy Start for your Pregnancy 2012, Health Promotion Board Singapore
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22 Nov 2023
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