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Healthy Gestational Weight Gain: A tool for health professionals (SMDHU)


Gestational Weight Gain Charts for pre-pregnancy BMI categories (Health Canada)

(English) (French)
• < 18.5 (underweight)
• 18.5-24.9 (normal weight)
• 25.0-29.9 (overweight)
• ≥30.0 (obese)
• all BMI categories combined 

PARmed-X (Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination) for Pregnancy (2015) (pdf) 


Excess Gestational Weight Gain in Simcoe Muskoka: A Literature Review (2013)

In this narrative review, Canadian and local statistics and research are applied to the findings of the Institute of Medicine’s updated report, Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines (IOM, 2009).

Gestational Weight Gain Survey Report (2012)

In 2011, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit conducted a Food and Exercise in Pregnancy Survey of pregnant women in Simcoe Muskoka. The report provides an overview of healthy eating and physical activity behaviours of pregnant women in the Simcoe Muskoka area. Key findings of the survey include:

  • 42% of participants had entered pregnancy at a BMI that fell within either the overweight or the obese category;
  • 58% had exceeded their recommended gestational weight gain (GWG) rate at the time of the survey;
  • 23% had already exceeded the upper limit of their recommended GWG range.


Information/Resources for Pregnant Women
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