Before starting your next pregnancy, it’s a good idea to be at or close to a healthy weight. But stay away from crash diets and rapid weight loss – the weight you’d prefer to be isn’t necessarily the one that’s most healthy for you and your next baby. If you are breastfeeding you also want to be sure you are eating enough calories to make the milk your baby needs. So take your time, make a plan, and remember why you are doing this: to give your future children a healthy beginning and to get healthy so that you can be there for the children you already have!
A healthy weight is usually one where you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 20 and 25. Research has shown that people within this range tend to live longer and enjoy better health at every stage of life.