Weight, Infertility and the New Year
3 things you need to know about weight and infertility to get off to a good start
When a new year begins, many women make resolutions to get to their ideal weight. If you are hoping to get pregnant in 2017, you especially need to understand how your weight and infertility are related. Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility associates explain why your weight may be causing your infertility issues and what you can do about it.
- If you are underweight, your low body weight and infertility may be related.
If your body mass index, or BMI, is 18.5 or less, you may experience problems with ovulation which can create infertility issues. Women with a low body weight and infertility issues may discover that their ovaries are not releasing eggs. Being underweight can also cause irregular menstruation or cause your periods to stop completely.
- If you are overweight or obese, it can not only cause infertility, but you also may experience additional problems during pregnancy.
A BMI of 25 to 29 indicates that you are overweight, while a BMI 30 and over tells us that you are struggling with obesity. Obesity can also lead to fertility problems related to weight and infertility, including irregular menstruation and ovulation issues. In addition, studies tell us that in vitro fertilization, or IVF, success rates are lower for obese women.
We also know that obese women may have issues beyond weight and infertility—they may also have problems during the pregnancy.
- Higher rate of miscarriage
- Increased risk of developing gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia
- Increased risk of needing a cesarean section
- Some women may need professional help to get their bodies to a weight that helps with their infertility issues.
Some women who are dealing with weight and infertility issues will be able to take steps on their own to get to an ideal weight, such as: eating a healthy, balanced diet high in whole grains, lean protein, vegetables and fruit; performing cardiovascular exercises, and using portion control.
Other women, particularly those who are dealing with more severe weight and infertility issues, may require professional help and intervention to successfully achieve a healthy weight.
Resolve to talk to our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility associates about your weight and infertility issues, and get your new year off to healthy start. Contact us today.