London - Women face being told to lose weight before they become pregnant to protect the health of their future children.
GPs will be encouraged to weigh female patients during routine appointments such as when they go in for a prescription for the Pill.
Women who are found to be overweight or obese will be advised to slim to the normal range before they start trying to conceive.
The guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are being issued to doctors amid rising levels of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in adults and children.
Almost half of women attending their first GP appointment during pregnancy are deemed to be too fat, including a shocking 22 percent who are obese.