Keeping a healthy weight in pregnancy is important during pregnancy, at birth and later in life.
- Eating ‘unhealthy’ foods, such as those high in fat and sugar, may have a lifelong effect on your baby
- Most women gain between 11.5-16kg while pregnant. Your GP, midwife or obstetrician should check your weight during your pregnancy to make sure you are keeping a healthy weight
- After the first 3 months of pregnancy you may need to slightly increase the amount you eat; for example, an extra piece of fruit each day
- Try eating healthy foods and limit additional serves so you don’t gain too much weight during pregnancy
- Stay active to maintain a healthy weight during pregnancy
- Exercise will not harm your baby as long as it is at a level at which you are comfortable. Exercise can also help you with pregnancy and childbirth.
Benefits of eating healthy and being active during pregnancy include:
- Better sleep
- Less lower back pain
- Less nausea
- Better bowel habits
- More energy
- Feel less stressed or anxious
- A shorter and easier labour
- Healthy baby
- Easier to return to your pre-pregnancy fitness.