Weight and pregnancy

Weight is an important part of your health and wellbeing during pregnancy.

Weight and pregnancy

If you would like to know more about healthy weight gain in pregnancy, we have a number of downloadable fact sheets, covering a range of topics. 

Weight gain during pregnancy

This fact sheet includes an overview of weight gain recommendations, factors that can affect weight gain and some tips for achieving your healthiest weight. See Downloads below

How to monitor your weight gain

Monitoring your weight during pregnancy may help you understand if you are gaining too much or too little weight, and when to seek help if needed. If you would like to track your weight, download one of our worksheets and plot your weight gain over the course of your pregnancy. 

There are four worksheets to choose from based on your pre-pregnancy BMI (body mass index). 

To calculate your BMI, take your pre-pregnancy weight in kilos divided by your height in meters squared.  For example; if your pre-pregnancy weight is 72 kg and your height is 162 centimetres (1.62 meters), to work out your BMI, divide your weight by your height then divide again by height, i.e. 72 ÷ 1.62 ÷ 1.62 = 27.

Your BMI is 27, therefore download worksheet No.3.

Planning meals and snacks

See this fact sheet for practical and healthy suggestions for including the nutrients you need during pregnancy in your diet. See Downloads below

About sugars and fats

This fact sheet has information about hidden sugars and fats in foods and how to avoid excessive amounts. See Downloads below

Exercise in pregnancy

Tips from our physiotherapists about safe and effective exercise during pregnancy. See Downloads below

Other relevant fact sheets

You might also like to ask your doctor, midwife or dietitian for advice.


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