Weight gain

Weight gain in pregnancy varies and depends on what you weighed before you became pregnant. The more weight a woman gains during pregnancy, the more likely she is to retain the weight after childbirth. Most women put on 10–12.5kg (22–28lb) over the whole of their pregnancy. If you gain too much weight, this can affect your health and increase your blood pressure. But equally, it’s important that you don’t try to diet. If you’re concerned about your weight, talk to your Midwife or GP.

It’s also a good idea to cut down on foods such as cakes and biscuits, because these are high in fat and sugar. This can also help you to avoid putting on too much weight during pregnancy. Healthy snacks to have instead include, malt loaf; currant buns without icing; sandwiches or pitta bread filled with cottage cheese, chicken or lean ham; low-fat yoghurts; vegetable and bean soups; and fruit including fresh, tinned in juice or dried fruit such as raisins or apricots.