Healthy weight when planning a pregnancy

It is important to try and maintain a healthy weight if you are planning to start a family.

If you are overweight, aiming for 5 to 10% weight loss over 3 to 6 months can improve your chances of becoming pregnant. It can also reduce the risk of problems in your pregnancy.

A BMI greater than 25 is classified as overweight. A BMI greater than 30 is classified as obese.

Check your body mass index (BMI)

Weigh yourself once a week and set a target of 1 to 2lbs (1kg) weight loss a week.

Being physically active for 60 to 90 minutes every day will help you to lose weight.

Non-urgent advice: Talk to your GP

if you have any worries about becoming pregnant.

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This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 123.

Page last reviewed: 15 March 2018
Next review due: 15 March 2021