Why is this important?
For mom: Emerging data suggests being overweight or obese during pregnancy puts moms at higher risk for miscarriage, birth defects, and pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, disorders related to high blood pressure, and even cesarean section.
For child: Research suggests that the cycle of obesity can even begin before birth—children born to obese or overweight women are at increased risk for childhood obesity and diabetes. With the rising epidemic of obesity in the United States and disturbingly high rise in childhood obesity, All Children’s Hospital is committed to providing programs to the community to assist health care providers, community organizations and families with tools and resources to reverse this trend.
- Help women stay within guidelines for weight gain in pregnancy.
- Help women return to pre-pregnancy weight within 6 weeks after delivery.
- Help women lead a healthier lifestyle.
- Help mothers act as role models who encourage the family unit to develop healthy habits.
Fit4AllMoms has been providing pregnant women one-on-one consultation with a registered dietician and an exercise physiologist during their pregnancy for the past several years. Sheila Devanesan, M.D., is the principal investigator leading the program and studying the impact these interventions have on pregnancy outcomes. Enrollment in the program has concluded but educational components are now being offered to moms throughout the Tampa Bay area.
To request a copy of our educational guide for pregnancy, please email us.
When am I due?
Your due date can be calculated based on a formula known as Naegele's Rule - if you know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period before your pregnancy, we can estimate your due date! Remember, you should always rely on your healthcare provider's assigned due date.
How fit am I? How much weight should I gain in my Pregnancy?
An estimate for how much weight you should gain in your pregnancy is based on your Body Mass Index, or BMI.
In order to calculate your BMI enter in your pre-pregnancy weight in pounds and your height in feet and inches. This will give you a number that represents your BMI or body mass index --using this number, we can determine your proper weight gain for pregnancy.
With a pre-pregnancy BMI in the underweight range, it is recommended that you gain 28-40 pounds during the course of your pregnancy.
With a pre-pregnancy BMI in the normal range, it is recommended that you gain 25-35 pounds during the course of your pregnancy.
With a pre-pregnancy BMI in this range, it is recommended that you gain 15-25 pounds during the course of your pregnancy.
With a pre-pregnancy BMI in this range, it is recommended that you gain 10-25 pounds during the course of your pregnancy. (Based on a recent study*)
With a pre-pregnancy BMI in this range, it is recommended that you gain 0-9 pounds during the course of your pregnancy (Based on a recent study*).
With a pre-pregnancy BMI in this range, it is recommended that you lose 0-9 pounds during the course of your pregnancy (Based on a recent study*).
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Where Does the Weight Go?
Here is how much weight an average woman gains in parts of her body during pregnancy:
|Your breast growth
|Maternal stores (your body's protein and fat)
|Your uterus growth
|Amniotic fluid (the water around the baby)
|Your body fluids
More Resources for Moms-to-be
Fit4AllMoms wants to help you have a healthy pregnancy! And to help you do that, we've created tips and resources to help you exercise and eat right while your baby develops.
Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week
Nutrition and Pregnancy
Exercise and Pregnancy
Fit4AllMoms is a grant-funded program supported by the All Children’s Hospital Foundation. Fit4AllMoms assists pregnant mothers who are overweight or obese to achieve the recommended goals for weight gain through education in nutrition and exercise.
*Obstetrics & Gynecology. 110(4):752-758, October 2007.