Healthy Weight Gain
Weight Gain in the 1st Trimester
A healthy weight gain during pregnancy is usually between 5 to 18 kilograms (11 to 40 pounds). For women carrying twins, weight gain is usually between 11 to 25 kilograms (25 to 54 pounds). This weight gain is recommended for women with a normal weight before they became pregnant.
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Weight gain should be minimal in the 1st trimester (0.5 to 2 kilograms or 1.1 to 4.4 pounds). If you lose or gain a significant amount of weight in the 1st trimester (ie. more than 5 to 10 % of your pre‑pregnancy weight), talk with your health care provider for support.
An active lifestyle during pregnancy is also important for a healthy weight gain during pregnancy. For more information about physical activity in the 1st trimester, click here. Check with your health care provider about being active during pregnancy.
Weight loss and dieting is not recommended in pregnancy. Focus on healthy eating and healthy foods, not your weight. Talk with your health care provider or registered dietitian for further information, or call 8‑1‑1 to speak to Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC.
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