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Weight Gain Targets in Kilograms

The general recommendation for total pregnancy weight gain for adult women who are within the recommended weight range (BMI = 20-25) at the time of conception is between 11.5 and 16 kilograms. Weight gain during the first trimester is usually modest but, beginning in the second trimester, a steady gain of 0.36-to-0.5 kgs per week is encouraged. Women who are less than 5'2" in height should aim for the lower end of the weight gain range. Print out this page to track your weight gain over the weeks of your pregnancy.

It is important that you follow your physician's advise, however, since individual needs may vary. If your weight gain rate is not following this pattern, discuss concerns or questions with your obstetrician. Referral to a dietitian for nutritional assessment and guidance may be recommended.

Not all exercises or diets are suitable for everyone. Before you begin this program, you should have permission from your doctor to participate in vigorous exercise and change of diet. If you feel discomfort or pain when you exercise, do not continue. The instructions and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. The creators, producers, participants and distributors of this site disclaim any liability or loss in connection with the exercise and advice provided here.

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