Perfect Weight For Pregnancy

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

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.