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Gestational Weight Gain Charts

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Gestational Weight Gain Charts
Gestational Weight Gain Charts
A tool for health care providers to support women in having healthy
weights when planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy, and postpartum.
www.healthypregnancyBC.ca
Multiple Gestations:
Women pregnant with twins:
Currently Health Canada does not have recommendations for women with a BMI less than
18.5 who are pregnant with twins.
Currently Health Canada does not have recommendations for gestations of three or more
babies. However, higher weight gain than with a twin pregnancy is expected.
Pre-Pregnancy BMI Weight Gain (kg) Weight Gain (lb) Monitoring
Less than 18.5 12.5 - 18.0 28 – 40 Use chart with
green shading
18.5 - 24.9 11.5 - 16.0 25 – 35 Use chart with
blue shading
25.0 - 29.9 7.0 – 11.5 15 – 25 Use chart with
yellow shading
30 or greater* 5.0 - 9.0 11-20 Use chart with
orange shading
* Women with a BMI of 35 or greater may have personalized weight gain recommendations
that are lower than this range. Health care providers are to determine individualized, healthy
weight patterns for women with a BMI of 35 or greater.
Body Mass Index (BMI) = weight (kg)/ [height (m)]
2
.
To calculate BMI, use Health Canada’s Nomogram:
www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/weights-poids/guide-ld-adult/bmi_chart_java-graph_imc_java-eng.asp
Pre-Pregnancy BMI Weight Gain (kg) Weight Gain (lb)
18.5 – 24.9 17 - 25 37 – 54
25 – 29.9 14 – 23 31 – 50
30 or greater 11 – 19 25 – 42
Gestational Weight Gain
CHARTS
Health Canada: Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy – National Guidelines for the Childbearing Years, 1999.
Gestational Weight Gain Charts
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