It is well-known that being very overweight can have an impact on your fertility, and so obese women are often told that they need to lose weight in order to have fertility treatment.
Now, new analysis of research from the Netherlands suggests that losing weight if you are obese might not have an immediate impact on your chances of getting pregnant with fertility treatment but what it does make a difference to is your chances of getting pregnant naturally.
The researchers found weight loss had a significant impact on the chances of getting pregnant naturally, particularly for women who were not ovulating. There was a marked increase in the chances of getting pregnant naturally for this group when they lost weight. The research team suggest that this shows that healthy lifestyle changes could be a first port of call for obese women, especially those who aren’t ovulating.
You can read more about this research presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual meeting here.
If you’re very overweight, it can be hard to lose the extra pounds when you’re feeling low about not being able to get pregnant, but new research from Australia shows how excess weight affects fertility – and how the damage can be passed on if you do get pregnant. The research team, led by Rebecca Robker from the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide, found that if women were obese when they were pregnant, this changed the way their offspring grew during pregnancy, and permanently altered their metabolism – making it more likely that they would be overweight too. You can read more about the research here
Eating a balanced diet will help break this pattern as it will not only help you get to a healthy weight, it will ensure you have all the vitamins and minerals you need in order to get pregnant and will also make you feel better in yourself – which can only be a good thing when you’re trying to get pregnant.
Some women do seem find it easier to stick to a healthy diet than others, and if you’re someone who resorts to comfort eating when you’re unhappy, you can feel as if you’re stuck in a vicious circle when you’re trying unsuccessfully to conceive. If you’re finding it difficult, your GP may be able to help with a weight loss programme or support, and seeing a counsellor may help you to break your eating patterns. Getting more exercise is the other half of the battle, and joining a yoga class or going to the gym will make all the difference. The vital thing is to do it in ways that you enjoy – and to make getting fitter fun.
Finally, it is important to bear in mind that this research is about obesity – which is not the same as having a curvy figure. If you aren’t sure whether you might fall into the obese category where your weight will affect your fertility, you can check it out using an online BMI calculator like this one