Healthy BMI to Get Pregnant

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Jul 07, 2012

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Healthy BMI to Get Pregnant

For getting pregnant, it would be advisable to attain your maximum healthy weight based on your BMI. However, BMI may not be the ideal measure of what your weight should be as it is subject to the various medical conditions that you have suffered from. You should focus on building muscles and not gain body weight by having fatty foods. Whether you attain a healthy BMI to get pregnant or not, you should aim to be healthy enough to have a natural delivery.

Using BMI for determining healthy pregnancy


To have a healthy pregnancy, you need to start much before conception. One of the ways of doing that is by evaluating yourself on the basis of BMI. By having healthy foods, you can find yourself at the right level on the scale of BMI. This can be considered the optimal health for pregnancy prior to conception.

The relation between body mass index (BMI) and getting pregnant becomes clear when your doctor gives you the chart of BMI values suitable for you. You may arrive at the value yourself by the following steps:

  • Dividing your weight in pounds by height in inches squared.
  • Multiply the value arrived at by 703 to get your BMI.
  • If you want the value in metric units, just go through these steps by dividing weight in kg by height in meters squared.

If your BMI value falls between 18.5 and 24.9, it is in the normal range. Underweight women would have a BMI under 18.5 while those who are overweight would be in the range of 25 and 29.9. Women with a BMI 30 or above are termed obese.

Problems in getting pregnant with out of range BMI


Women who are overweight or obese are under a high risk of gestational diabetes as well as high blood pressure. The problems of blood pressure can become so serious that they lead to premature delivery. Overweight women are also more likely to undergo a caesarean section which includes all the risks of a surgical procedure as well as anaesthesia. It is not a good idea to try to lose weight during pregnancy, and it is advisable to make changes before you are pregnant.

Underweight women prior to become pregnant are advised to increase the amount they eat along with exercise to build muscle mass. According to the American Pregnancy Association, having juices and snacks are ideal to gain weight for pregnancy. This is important as otherwise, the risk of preterm delivery and low birth weight is a lot more. These risks seem to disappear just by healthy weight gain.


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