Did your weight affect your fertility?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I got pregnant on my first round of clomid treatment, but I had lost around 22 pounds before treatment. My doctor told me that would help, and I really believe that it did!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Being underweight, especially very underweight will prevent pregnancy. You need nutrients to support the new baby. Evolutionarily, that is why people with severe anorexia do not get periods, because in earlier days if people were not eating it was because there was no food. You can’t support a pregnancy when your body feels like food is scarce. 

 

I know less about fertility in the overweight, but being quite overweight causes blood pressure changes and such which could change fertility

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Interested to see what others have to say here.  I’m not TTC until this summer, but I’m aiming to lose about 15-20lbs before we start so that I’m in a healthier weight range.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I lost a lot of weight and was unable to conceive for a few years. I gained some weight back and conceived. This is totally anecdotal and the two could be entirely unconnected though.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I went off the pill and went nearly 6 months without ovulating.  I started ovulating and cycling again after I gained about 5-7 pounds.  It still workout a lot, and have fairly short luteal phases (some studies have shown that strenuous workouts and short luteal phases are correlated).  For my last cycle, I experimented with not working out toward the end of luteal phase (my period often starts right after a workout, I’ll often start cramping (bad!) in the middle of a workout).  I had my longest luteal phase yet — 13 days!  Perhaps just a coincidence, but worth doing again when we TTC, perhaps.

Usually, if low weight will affect your fertility, you won’t ovulate or will have really long, erratic cycles.  If you are ovulating, you should be good to go.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m pretty overweight (working on it) but it did not affect my fertility.  I actually lost weight during pregnancy though 🙂

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

lealorali:  Looks like you are fine, then.   12 days is in the normal range for luteal phase.  Your cycles are also in the normal range — mine are short too (because I have a short luteal phase more often than not).

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think as long as you are getting periods you are fine.  I don’t have any experience (I was at a “normal” weight) but I know some people can be so underweight that they stop getting periods- that would be a problem for getting pregnant.  But I would assume everything is fine as long as you have regular cycles.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 

lealorali:  When I was battling anorexia, I’d lose my period. I think that lack of nutrition and losing your cycle is the concern with being underweight. If you just happen to be small but are healthy and getting the nutrition you need, I wouldn’t worry about it. I was at a more normal weight when we TTC, and I conceived on the first try.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

lealorali:  I’m 5’3 and I float around 111lbs. Last year around January hubby and I tarted TTC, at this time we were on and off with excersize and only sometimes ate healthy. I wanted to get pregnant really bad that I put so much stress I couldnt take it anymore. Hubby and i stopped trying about 4 months later. Now we are kinda trying again. i’ve been steadly active and eating healthy about 80% of the time. I saw my doctor about my weight and he said i was in the healthy weight range but that if we were TTC i could stand to gain 2 or 3 lbs… i’m trying to make that 2-3 lbs of muscle but i would like to keep up with this thread and see other ladies are doing and update with my own results. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m fairly overweight with really long cycles, but I got pregnant on my first cycle of trying.  I was worried for nothing (because I heard that weight impacts fertility).  I have actually lost 10 pounds during pregnancy and I’m 28w along.  Losing is not advised, so they typically only want overweight women to gain around 10-15 pounds at the most, whereas approx 30lbs would be the norm for non-overweight women.

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