The nutritional status of expectant mothers have been used as an indicator to whether the mother is likely to have a normal birth, stillbirth or even birth characterized by malformations. Through out the three trimesters, it is important for you as an expectant mother to monitor your weight as a precaution to keeping yourself as well as your unborn baby, healthy. Many women have had a problem of increased weights especially after delivery, something that can be tackled easily by monitoring the weight gain during expectancy. Normally the amount of weight you should gain as an expectant mother should be dependent on if at conception, you were underweight, normal weight or overweight.
If you were underweight at the time of conception to about 3 weeks of pregnancy, your total weight gain should be anything between 12.5 kg and 18 kg. If you are/were of normal weight, you can gain anything between 11.6 kg to 16 kg at full pregnancy. Finally, if you are/were overweight at the time of conception to about 3 weeks, you should gain anything between 7 kg to 11.5 kg. If however at the time of conception to about 3 weeks you were/are already obese, you should gain a maximum weight of 6 kg. In instances where the upper level of these weight gains is exceeded, postpartum retention of weight is likely to occur. Failing to meet the lower limits also has the potential to put the life of the mother as well as the unborn child in danger.