Perfect Weight For Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I weigh 150 and I am 5'6. Am I too heavy to have a baby? My weight is in my hips and thighs. I am afraid I am to fat to get pregnant or I will gain too much weight. How much weight should I loose?

ANSWER

It is helpful for conceiving and a healthy pregnancy to be at a "healthy" weight. You can find your BMI (Body Mass Index) here (http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/), which will tell you if you are at a healthy weight or what that should be for your height. However, if you are not at a healthy weight it does not mean you cannot get pregnant. It just means your chances are better if at a healthy weight.

Women of ALL shapes and sizes get pregnant. And there are many reasons, not only weight but lifestyle, overall health, etc... that can make it difficult for a woman to become pregnant. Your goal should be good health, a healthy lifestyle and being as close as you can to your healthy weight.

-- Kimberly, RD LD