It is better to be at your healthy weight before you become pregnant. If you are obese during pregnancy, you are at greater risk of getting diabetes (high blood sugar), and high blood pressure, and C-section. Your baby can be at a higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and malformations. Of course pregnancy is not the time to go on a diet. The best time to get ready for a healthy pregnancy is before you become pregnant.
Ask your doctor if the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension
) diet is right for you, even if you don’t have high blood pressure.
You can also ask your doctor about using the BYU-I Wellness Center for nutrition and exercise help.
Find out if your weight is in the normal range by using this BMI (body mass index) calculator, and then see the table below. This is only an estimate. Talk to your doctor about what your BMI should be.