If you’re attempting to get pregnant or are about to start trying, it’s important to know that being obese can have a negative impact on your chances of conception , as well as of having a healthy baby. Any woman who is planning to get pregnant soon might just want to commit to a regular exercise plan as well as a healthy diet.
Not many realize this, but losing even some of that weight can have a positive impact on your efforts.
The BMI (Body Mass Index) is the common measure of whether an individual is overweight. You can calculate your Body Mass Index by dividing your weight in kgs and by the square of your height in meters. A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is said to be healthy; having a BMI that is between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight while anyone with a BMI over 30 is said to be obese
The best way to lose weight is to embark upon a regular exercise routine and consume a nutritious diet that is low in calories. It’s important that you do not starve yourself, and make sure that your body is getting all the essential nutrients. Having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby is a lot about being healthy yourself.
If you aren’t too sure about how you can lose weight, you can get professional help from a physical trainer and a nutritionist; this can help you lose weight the healthy way.
Losing weight can be a challenge , but there are lots of apps which can help you. If you have PCOD you could also ask your doctor to treat you with metformin. This can help you to lose weight. The good thing about making a serious attempt to lose weight is you are now taking positive steps to regain control of your life !
Just as being overweight can impact your fertility, being underweight can also reduce a woman’s fertility. It can lead to hormonal imbalances which in turn can impact ovulation and your chances of getting pregnant. . Patients with anorexia nervosa have such low body fat that they may stop getting their menses altogether.
How Obesity Affects Fertility
Obesity affects fertility as it causes hormonal imbalances as well as problems with ovulation; this is particularly true for obese women who are having their first baby. Obesity is connected with PCOS (poly-cystic ovary syndrome), which is a very common cause of infertility. This hormonal condition is prevalent in infertile women, and affects up to one in 5 women of reproductive age. An early diagnosis, the right treatment and living a healthy lifestyle can help optimize fertility
Babies that are born to overweight/obese mothers are much more likely compared to health weight women, to grow into obese children & adults, and they will have more health problems too.
• Overweight women are doubly at risk of pregnancy-related diabetes while obese women have 8 times the risk in comparison to women who have a healthy weight.
• An obese woman is at a higher risk of having a miscarriage compared to one with a healthy weight.
• Infants who are born to obese women are also more likely to be much larger for their age
With all these facts and figures in view, there is no doubt about the fact that women who are planning to have a baby should focus on losing some of their excess fat and treading the path to good health before they tread the path to parenthood.
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