Keely Willment has alwaysbeen physically active and neverstruggled with her weight, but whenshe became pregnant in 2011, theimportance of healthy eating andexercise took on a whole new meaning.
“ I had a pretty rapid weight gainin my first trimester,” she says.
Her doctor then outlined a healthy
pregnancy weight gain range for her. “ I
really tuned in and realized I needed
to start thinking about it more.”
Willment began following the
Canada Food Guide more closely and
added walking and prenatal yoga to
her exercise routine.
“ I knew what I was eating, the baby
was eating,” she says. “Ultimately, it
was up to me— I was making these
decisions for my baby’s health.”
Pregnancy weight gain
recommendations in Alberta are based
on a woman’s body mass index (BMI)
before she becomes pregnant.
“Weight gain is an important part ofpregnancy,” says Ann Marie McInnisof Alberta Health Services’ HealthyPregnancy Weight Gain project.
“Eating well, being active and gaining
within the recommended ranges are
healthy for both you and your baby.”
Too much weight gain can lead to
difficult deliveries, babies who are
prone to obesity later in childhood
The right amount of weight gain
is important for both babies
Keely Willment and son Brayden; her weight management decisions were for her baby’s health.
and moms who struggle to loseweight after pregnancy. Gaining toolittle weight can lead to prematureand underweight babies. Either toomuch or too little weight gain putsbabies at a higher risk of physical andmental disabilities and ongoing healthproblems later in life.
Yet 46 per cent of Alberta womenwith a healthy pre-pregnancy BMI gainmore than the recommended range.
That number increases to 80 per centfor women who are overweight orobese before becoming pregnant.
Willment’s weight gain was within
range, thanks to her changes in diet
and activity. These changes also made
it easier for her to lose weight after
giving birth to a healthy son, Brayden,
in June 2012.
— Tara Grindle
For more about healthy pregnancy
• Talk to your family doctor or health-
• Visit healthcanada.ca and search for
• See the Healthy Eating Active Living
(HEAL) for Pregnancy booklet at