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Trying to conceive: 3 Top questions on body weight and chances of pregnancy answered

Newly Weds always anticipate starting a family, making little cute babies. After a while of not seeing it come forth, then you get stuck in attempting to answer scores of questions, and one of them is weight!

Can being overweight or obese affect your chances of getting pregnant? Don't fret, I'm going to answer these 3 commonly asked questions about trying to conceive and body composition.

Let's go;

Is there a healthy body mass index (BMI) for pregnancy?

Answer: Body mass index, or BMI, is used to determine if a person is underweight, normal, overweight, or obese. This tool uses your height and weight to calculate your body composition. 

Here are the numbers: A BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is normal, between 25 and 30 is overweight. While a BMI of 30 and above is obese. Whether man or woman, to increase your chances of getting pregnant, target a BMI below 25.

Also, take note that the healthiest BMI for pregnancy is different for everyone. For example; a woman in the ideal BMI category may have a hormonal imbalance that causes irregular ovulation for her. In another case, a woman may be overweight or obese but ovulates monthly and has regular periods, boosting her chances to get pregnant.

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If I'm overweight can it affect my ability to get pregnant?

Always know that being obese or overweight may make it harder to get pregnant because there's a complex interplay between the hormones that trigger ovulation and your progesterone and estrogen levels. When fat cells are high, the estrogen levels may work against your body when it’s trying to ovulate. Thus, you may notice less regular ovulation and menstrual flows which makes it harder to conceive.

How much weight loss should I anticipate before getting pregnant to increase fertility?

Depending on what you weigh presently and what your ideal weight should be. Your doctor can always refer you to a dietitian for appropriate weight management. A rule of thumb, losing between 0.5 to 1 kg weekly. This will help you reach your goal, make healthy choices every day. It will also impact ovulation.

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