- If your BMI is 30+ you should gain: 11-20 lbs
- If your BMI is between 25 - 29.9 you should gain: 15-25 lbs
Being overweight in pregnancy means that you will have a greater risk of complications in your pregnancy. These complications can include:
- gestational diabetes
- high blood pressure
- more aches and pains
This does not mean that a healthy pregnancy is not possible but may be something that you must work harder to achieve with the help of your physician or midwife.
Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines. Kathleen M. Rasmussen and Ann L. Yaktine, Editors; Committee to Reexamine IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines; Institute of Medicine; National Research Council; 2009.