Healthy Weight

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Healthy Weight

If you are planning to be a parent, it is best to be as healthy as possible!

Am I at a healthy weight?

Body mass index (BMI) is one of many factors that you and your health care provider can use to assess your health.

Are you at a healthy weight? Find out here.

  • If your BMI is 18.5 – 24.9, it is a healthy range. This may lower your risk for developing weight-related health problems.
  • If your BMI is less than 18.5, you are more likely to develop osteoporosis, infertility, and impaired immune functioning.
  • If your BMI is 25 or higher, you are at greater risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. The higher your BMI number, the greater your risk of developing these conditions.

Why is it important to have a healthy weight before pregnancy?

  • Being overweight, obese, or underweight can affect an individual’s fertility.
  • Being underweight or overweight can increase your risk of serious health problems and is linked with complications in pregnancy that affect both you and your baby.

How can I reach or maintain a healthy weight?

  • Regular physical activity and healthy eating can help reach or maintain a healthy weight.
  • Speak to your health care provider to learn more about healthy weight.

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