Gaining a healthy amount of weight in pregnancy
Gaining a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy is good for you and your baby. It may reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and during delivery, and make it easier for you to return to the weight you were before you became pregnant. It may also give your baby a better chance of being born at a healthy weight, and may reduce their risk of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life.
Talk to your health care provider about how much weight you should gain during pregnancy.
Here are two things you can do every day to help you gain a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy.
- Eat “twice as healthy” not “twice as much”. Canada’s Food Guide will show you how!
- Pregnant women need just a little more food in the second and third trimesters to meet the additional energy needs of pregnancy.
- Eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal and snack to help you get the recommended 7 to 9 servings each day.
- Be active every day.
- Being active during pregnancy has many benefits for you, like more energy, improved mood, better sleep and healthy weight gain. Your baby benefits too!
- Start being more active by walking for 15 minutes three times each week, and work up to 30 minutes four times each week---be sure to check in with your health care provider before changing your activity level.
- Check this great video on Prenatal Fitness featuring Dr. Michelle Mottola.
Get your free Healthy Pregnancy Action Kit by contacting Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 or email Health Connection.
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