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Table 1 Weight gain recommendations during pregnancy according to the Institute of Medicine 2009[12]

From: Secular trends in pregnancy weight gain in German women and their influences on foetal outcome: a hospital-based study

Pre-pregnancy BMI Total weight gain
  Range in kg Range in lbs
Underweight (BMI < 18.5 kg/m2) 12.5 – 18 28 - 40
Normal-weight (BMI 18.5 – 24.9 kg/m2) 11.5 – 16 25 - 35
Overweight (BMI 25.0 – 29.9 kg/m2) 7 – 11.5 15 - 25
Obese (BMI > 30 kg/m2) 5 - 9 11 - 20
  1. Source: Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2009; [12].
  2. kg = kilogram; lbs = pounds.