Healthy weight gain during pregnancy is important and the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit has some tips for expectant mothers. Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sue Surry has recommendations based on a woman’s body mass index (BMI). In a recent column she writes that women who have a higher pre-pregnancy BMI may need to gain a little less weight during pregnancy, while those with a lower BMI may need to gain a little more.  Surry says two things women can do each day to help them gain healthy weight are eating healthily and keeping physically active. Being active has other benefits for pregnant women – it gives them more energy, an improved mood, and better sleep. Being active can be as simple as walking daily starting at 15 minutes three times a week, and working up to 30 minutes four times each week. For more information, check out the health unit’s website at