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09 Apr 2006

Dear Dier Doc,

I am 7 kgs overweight and have a 24.4% bodyfat profile as measured by the biokientikist. I am 33 yrs old, 1.74m tall and weigh 77kgs. I am 4 weeks pregnant. I eat very healthily and a varied diet from all the food groups. I also take a pregnancy multivitamin daily. I excersice for 6 hours a week. Because my bmi still falls in the overweight section, will it be o.k if I aim to gain only 7-9 kgs for the pregnancy continuing with my healthy habits?

I do not want to harm my baby by not picking up enough but also do not want to fool myself with what I should gain.

Thank you and regards
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Belinda
Congratulations on your pregnancy and for having such a sensible approach to diets and exercise. Your present BMI = 25,4 which is not excessively overweight (the normal range for BMI is 18-25, so you are just above the upper normal level). Also according to Prof Tim Noakes in his book 'Lore of Running' a body fat% of 24% is normal in adult women who are not elite athletes, so this is another thing you don't have to worry about. Furthermore someone like you who commences pregnancy with a normal BMI can gain up to about 15 kg over the 9 months or pregnancy, so don't try to diet strictly and don't do any exercises that are too strenuous as this may harm the baby or endanger your pregnancy. Chat to your dr or gynae about the kind of exercise that you can do safely.
Enjoy your pregnancy.
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