If you want to get pregnant, it is recommended to pursue a healthy lifestyle. The ideal BMI (Body Mass Index) for getting pregnant is between 18.5 kg/m² and 25 kg/m². This does not mean that you cannot get pregnant if you have a lower or higher BMI, but it will take on average a little longer. We know from research that the effect of being overweight is greater. This is true on an individual level, but it is also a broader social phenomenon, as obesity is more prevalent than underweight in the western population. However, do not stare blindly at BMI and dare to look further at your body composition, nutrient intake and energy consumption. A disproportionate body composition often leads to subtle hormonal disturbances in women and therefore reduced fertility, usually due to impaired ovulation (disorders of ovulation).
You are also more likely to have complications during pregnancy and delivery (e.g. preterm birth, growth abnormalities in the child, complications during delivery). So aim for a healthy lifestyle and a weight that is healthy for you. If your BMI is too high or low, you will first be referred to a FerMet dietician. In collaboration with the Clinical Nutritional Department, we offer tailor-made guidance to optimise your chances of getting pregnant, and of having a healthy pregnancy. If you lose weight very quickly (e.g. due to surgery), it is important to achieve a stable weight before starting fertility treatment.