Are you trying to have a baby and are unsure why you’re not successful?
If so, the answer could lie in your weight.
Your weight is an integral component of your health and, if you’re not at a healthy weight, it could be affecting your chances of getting pregnant.
This article will outline the link between weight and fertility and give some advice on how to achieve a healthy weight for pregnancy.
Mind Your BMI
Your BMI (body mass index) is a measure of body fat based on the ratio between your weight and height.
For women, a healthy BMI is anything between 18.5%- 24.9%.
If your BMI runs above or below this range, it could hurt your chance of getting pregnant.
Being overweight affects fertility by causing hormonal imbalances, while being obese can cause even more challenges with pregnancies.
Obese women are more likely to develop gestational diabetes and miscarry their pregnancies.
Being underweight affects fertility in different ways. When you’re underweight you typically have a shortage of body fat. Estrogen is stored in body fat, and without body fat, the estrogen levels in your body will be too low for ovulation and menstruation.
Over exercising and under eating in an already underweight person will cause difficulty conceiving.
As you’re preparing your body to grow a human being inside of it, it’s important to be as healthy as you can be.
The link between weight and fertility is clear and it is proven that a “normal” BMI is the best BMI to have if you want to conceive.
But don’t worry, there are a number of things you can do to get healthy whether you’re trying to raise or lower your body mass index.
In Order to Gain Weight:
If you want to raise your BMI be sure you’re eating plenty of healthy foods. Try eating 5-6 smaller meals a day as well as healthy snacks full of good fats and carbs.
Strength training is another way to gain weight in a positive way and will also help you move around once you’re carrying an extra 5-10 pounds inside your womb.
In Order to Lose Weight
Losing weight also comes down to eating healthy foods, just in smaller portions. Try to have fruits and vegetables as well as lean protein with every meal.
Be sure to exercise daily. Even if it’s something as simple as walking your dog around the neighborhood. Any movement is good movement.
The Connection Between Weight and Fertility
Remember that infertility is an extremely common problem and it doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you.
That being said, there are things you can do to get healthier and improve your chance of pregnancy.
If you are a healthy weight and are still having trouble conceiving, consider seeking the help of a fertility center. Fertility centers can easily get to the bottom of your conception problems and offer you professional help on how to conceive your baby.
With strides being taken every day in the medical world, fertility is becoming accessible to more and more women who once thought it was impossible.
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