Weight gain is expected during a pregnancy, and you may have questions about how it will impact on your body. Some clients also begin their pregnancy with a high or low Body Mass Index (BMI), and your midwife can discuss any questions or concerns you might have about your weight during pregnancy. The following guidelines include evidence-based recommendations and information for clients with high or low BMIs. You may also be interested in reading more about the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) Guidelines on Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period.
Association of Ontario Midwives Clinical Practice Guideline: The Management of Clients with a High or Low Body Mass Index
The objective of this CPG is to provide a critical review of the research literature on the management of uncomplicated pregnancy in clients who have a pre-pregnancy BMI less than 18.5 or greater than or equal to 30.
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Healthy Eating, Exercise and Weight Gain
Starting or maintaining a good diet and healthy exercise program is important during pregnancy. Speak with your midwife about what you can do during your pregnancy.
Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Obesity in Pregnancy
A review of the evidence and recommendations for the counselling and management of women who have a high BMI.
The Midwives Clinic: Nutrition Resources
Our website page on diet and nutrition in pregnancy.