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Weight management during pregnancy

Published by TheHealthSite

It is important to maintain a healthy weight before, during, and after pregnancy to ensure the good health of both mother and child. The healthy weight gain recommended by The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is 0.5 to 2.0 kg weight gain in first trimester and 0.2 to 0.5 kg/week in the second and third trimester depending on the BMI.

However, being obese pre-pregnancy has various health risks including diabetes, high blood pressure during pregnancy and the tendency of thrombosis (forming blood clots in legs) which could travel to the lungs.

The right nutrition and diet modification are the key factors to manage the weight gain during pregnancy.