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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.

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.

Talk to your GP if you have any worries about becoming pregnant.

page last reviewed: 15/03/2018
next review due: 15/03/2021