Putting on weight to help TTC

posted 2 weeks ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I would recommend you speak with your doctor about this!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Ensure is a great way to put on weight. When I was severely underweight that was my doctors suggestion. A few years ago I was in your boat- 5’2 90 lbs but ensure really helped. & once my body got used to eating extra calories I was able to go back to eating normal & keeping the weight on. I’m currently 106 lbs which puts me at the low end of healthy on the bmi. But don’t rely solely on bmi bc it doesn’t factor in muscle weight, bone structure, etc. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Just wanted to chime in and say that your low weight could be due to hormonal issues. I can’t remember, have you had your thyroid checked? What about getting tested for PCOS (combo of blood work and ultrasound)?

Post # 8
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Worker bee

MrsMellyBean :  I second this.

tommywantwingy :  You should find the underlying cause. I would google “healthful pursuit leanne vogel”. She is a nutritionist who didn’t have periods for 10 years and got it back by eating keto and gaining weight. She’s geared towards women and hormones. That might be an option for you.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

tommywantwingy :  Do you know which hormones they checked you for and at which point in your cycle? I’ve always been naturally thin as well and have irregular periods- turns out I have lean PCOS! You only need to meet 2 out of the 3 criteria to be diagnosed. My blood work was fairly normal but the ultrasound and clinical symptoms (really long cycles) showed that my version was quite mild/low on the spectrum. With the help of metformin and clomid, I was able to conceive!

ETA: Also, I hope you know I wasn’t blaming you or trying to say any of this is your fault- although I don’t think my response to you came off that way. Hormonal imbalances have nothing to do with our actions/lifestyles and everything to with the our endocrine system!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

i too am underweight for my age and height. The thyroid meds do help, but havent helped a ton like i thought they would. I just try to eat and drink a lot of protein on a regular basis, it at least helps keep the weight i do have. ideally i would love to be at a solid 120-125. but the closest ive gotten is to 118.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’d strongly suggest weight training – will help build bone density and muscle.  Muscle weighs more per cubic centimeter than fat – so more bang for your buck!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I gained a bit of weight when TTC my first. I’ve read that optimal BMI for conception is 20-25, so I gained a couple of pounds to get to 20. It certainly can’t hurt! (Currently TTC #2 and my BMI is already there, lol.)

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Whirlwind03 :  True, but it’s higher body fat that helps with conception, so adding muscle mass wouldn’t really help in this case.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

Whirlwind03 :  Also if she’s dealing with hormonal imbalances that are exacerbated by stress, weight lifting too much could possibly backfire.

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