Get your free eBook valued at $40

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER TODAY & GET A FREE CORE WORKOUT PLANNER EBOOK- VALUED AT $39.95!

Pregnancy blog #3 Healthy weight gain in pregnancy

Pregnancy blog #3 Healthy weight gain in pregnancy

So, the topic was raised on my instagram today after I stated I had gained 5kilos so far into my pregnancy.

So what is a healthy weight gain amount for pregnancy?

 Achieving optimal weight gain during pregnancy is associated with improved outcomes for the mother and the baby regardless of the mother’s existing weight and body fat levels. Excessive gestational weight gain increases maternal risks for:

  • pre-eclampsia
  • gestational diabetes
  • caesarean section
  • weight retention postpartum with associated long-term health consequences

Having personal first hand experience gaining 28 kilos with my first pregnancy, (singleton) and having gestational diabetes, a 4.8kilo (10+ pound) baby and intervention for labour. This is my first hand negative experience with excessive weight gain due to an unhealthy lifestyle.

 The Australian and New Zealand guidelines for practitioners are as follows:

Women who are underweight have a recommended weight gain guideline of 12.5-18kilos.

Women in the healthy weight range is 11.5-16 kilos, for a twin pregnancy this figure is 16-24 kilos.

Overweight women guidelines are 7-11.5 kilos, for a twin pregnancy this is 14- 23kgs.

Obese women are advised to only gain 5-9 kilos in total throughout their pregnancy, for twins the guideline is 11-19kilos.

I am currently just over half way on my journey with twins, and have gained 5.5 kilos, I was in the healthy weight range pre-pregnancy so my personal weight gain guidelines is 16-24 kilos.

However, the greatest weight gain happens in your 2nd and 3rd trimesters where you should gain an average 300-500grams per week.

There are numerous proven negative effects of weight gain during pregnancy, not only for the mother but for the baby too.

So how can you keep your weight gain under control whilst you’re pregnant and may not be able to keep up your regular routine?

Nutrition is key, ensuring you are eating enough serves of vegetables and fruits, 5 serves per day, with your remaining diet from protein and breads.

Regular exercise will also help with not only weight gain, but to ensure that your energy levels are maintained. Some less intense exercise options may include antenatal classes, walking, swimming, pilates or yoga.

Reference:

Aus & NZ guidelines for healthy weight gain in pregnancy:

http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ranzcog.edu.au%2Fdoc%2Fguidance-for-healthy-weight-gain-in-pregnancy.html&ei=6HZRVfCbE-HTmgWaxICgAQ&usg=AFQjCNFfDacb5pt-_ukuNHfa9nOfvFt28w&bvm=bv.92885102,d.dGY

Back to Articles


Sign up for
Tips, Recipes
& More

Success Stories*

  • Rachelle
    Rachelle Incredible results, following the clean eating guidelines & total body transformation guide!
    Bailey
    Bailey Only 4 weeks into the diet plan- the results speak for themselves!
    Leah
    Leah I'm feeling like a different person. I'm feeling like I used to feel. I'm losing baby weight fasting than ever too! My progress photos amaze me. So thank you! Thank you for a program that really is a lifestyle change. A program that changed my family life for the better and made me a happier, healthier mumma for my beautiful children!
    Stacee
    Stacee still a fair way to go but 2 years of clean eating & exercise :) never felt better :)
  • Katelyne Borg
    Katelyne Borg Just wanted to show you how far I have come in such a short time!
    Hannah
    Hannah 17 kilos down in 6 months!
    Reney
    Reney "Incredible transformation from following Sophie's guidelines!"
    Hannah
    Hannah 17 Kilos lighter, in 6 Months!!!
  • Annon
    Annon 3 Month Progress, Thanks to Sophie for the inspiration and support! Here's to leaner living!
    Katie
    Katie Incredible results 7 kilos down in 8 weeks!
    Farnoush
    Farnoush The left picture is on 80 kg The right one 58kg It is unbelievable what you can do if you just believe and just do it and stay focus.
    Melissa
    Melissa Over 18 kilos down from the clean eating plan!
  • Natalie
    Natalie 4 weeks in!
    Sammi
    Sammi Wow.Wow.Wow šŸ˜ By far the best part of any coaches job. The results, the hard work and the dedication that is so clearly shown here. šŸ˜µ Sammi had her little girl 2 weeks before the twins were born, and like me suffered with haemorrhaging at 8 weeks pp too. (This is really hard to deal with along with a newborn, surgery and recovery!) However after 4 weeks on my #tbtprogram check out her incredible results. I am so so proud and happy to have helped in some way! šŸ™ Way to go mama!!! šŸ˜†www.sophieguidolin.com.au/eshop
    Kate
    Kate THE BOD program is not a diet. It sets you up with the tools to continue on after you finish the 12 weeks.This has now become my lifestyle. I love the way I live now and I love the knowledge I have gained from this program especially dietary wise so I can give my kids the best start to life. The recipes, the workouts, the hints and tips... at no stage did I ever get bored or go off track.
    Danika
    Danika "Feeling so much healthier and loving exercise now, I started clean eating thanks to Sophie Guidolin!"
  • Joanne
    Joanne Check out this progress in only 12 WEEKS!!!
    Olivia
    Olivia
    Jessica
    Jessica The meals are delicious, I'm never hungry and I can make it for my husband as well so i'm not cooking two different things! It is a well rounded program that fits easily into any lifestyle and can be made to work with your unique situation.
    Chloe
    Chloe WHAT A DIFFERENCE IN NOT ONLY THE VISUAL EFFECTS BUT IN MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT AND DAY TO DAY LIFE. ITS BEEN WONDERFUL WORKING HARD FOR THESE RESULTS! 24KGS DOWN! AND HONESTLY I DON'T CARE WHAT MY SCALES TELLS ME. I'M MORE INTERESTED IN HOW IT'S AFFECTING MY LIFE!
  • Emma
    Emma Clean eating & handwork really do pay off!!
    Sam
    Sam Your books inspire me immensely and you are a true idol.
    Kristy Potts
    Kristy Potts 50 kilos down in a year! Thank you for bringing out eat clean, live lean. I have been cooking and preparing my meals from it since i purchased it months ago, its fantastic.
    Katie
    Katie 17 kilos already down thanks to the clean eating guidelines!
  • Chelsea
    Chelsea Amazing results from a track and field athlete!!
    Natalja
    Natalja Even whilst travelling, i maintained my lean body by following your guidelines!
    Sam
    Sam The clean eating diet plan, is also for males wanting to tone, build muscle and lose body fat!
    Meg
    Meg I wanted to begin by thanking you for being such an inspiration and passing on your knowledge the way you do.
  • Annon
    Annon Following the protocols of Sophie Guidolin's Meal Plans & Training programs have seen the AMAZING results below!
    Alisha
    Alisha I absolutely love following your journey, reading your articles and following your clean eating advice!
    Megan
    Megan
    Chantelle
    Chantelle Chantelle has lost 8kgs already, only 2 weeks into her custom ongoing post baby plan!

*These are testimonials from satisfied clients. Results can not be guaranteed and results may vary from person to person.

Have a question?
Check out my FAQs