The BMI Calculator (Body Mass Index Calculator) is a useful tool of establishing whether your weight is within a healthy range. Use our tool to calculate your pre-pregnancy BMI:
Underweight (BMI Less than 18.5) : Recommended weight gain of 12 – 18 kilograms.
Normal (BMI between 18.5 to 24.9): Recommended weight gain of 11- 16 kilograms.
Overweight( BMI between 25.0 to 29.9) : Recommended weight gain of 6.5 – 11.5 kilograms
Obese (BMI of 30 or greater) : Recommended weight gain should be less than 6.8 kilograms
Why is it important to calculate your BMI?
Being too thin (a body mass index of less than 18.5) or overweight (a BMI of 25 or more) can affect your fertility and your baby’s health. In addition, being obese (BMI > 30) will lead to pregnant women suffering from gestational diabetes, a condition leading to increased blood sugar levels during pregnancy.
Women who develop gestational diabetes are at higher risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes post pregnancy. If gestational diabetes is not managed carefully, it can result in high levels of glucose which may create several problems for both you and your baby. Problems may include a C-section delivery, jaundice, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), pre-term birth, high blood pressure as well as respiratory problems.
For most women, pregnancy weight gain is natural. However, a less common problem isn’t gaining too much weight; it’s gaining too little or, at times even losing weight. This can lead to serious health complications. In fact, babies born to mothers with a low BMI of 20 are more likely to be born prematurely and small for their birth weight.
It is important to calculate your BMI and understand how much weight you can gain during pregnancy. You can also refer to the BMI Chart below to find out your BMI.
The BMI calculator is a general educational tool and should not replace advice from your doctor and/or nutritionist during your antenatal appointments.
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