(Closed) Is weight a factor?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Weight can certainly affect your reproductive hormones, but there’s a good chance it won’t.  Of course it’s in your own best interest to be as fit as possible when pregnant, even if it doesn’t affect the actual process of getting pregnant.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church

@figgnewton:  Weight can definitely affect TTC. I’ve heard that even just losing 5 lbs can be enough sometimes though. It is not always something that plays a big role but can sometimes cause problems for people. Losing a little bit might help you if you’re struggling. I know a woman whose doctor told her that she simply cannot conceive at all because of her weight, but she’s not doing a thing about it (she’s a chain smoker too though and that probably doesn’t help either).

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Being overweight makes it harder to conceive and makes for a riskier pregnancy. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen and be great, but as long as you’re planning ahead, not a bad idea to get a bit healthier. And good luck!

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yes. Weight makes it harder to get pregnant, makes your pregnancies harder, makes labor harder, and makes it harder to lose the baby weight. If I were you, I would talk to my doctor to determine a healthy weight and work to get there through diet and exercise while TTC. I wouldn’t put off TTC because of your weight, but I would address it while TTC.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I guess it depends on the person?  Maybe it’s just an individual thing.  I had an OB tell me (a very nasty lady, I’ll add) that I was “much to fat to ever get pregnant and, if ever do want to get pregnant, [I’d] better lose weight because [I’ll] end up dyin’ in childbirth!”

 What nonsense! 😡

I’ve had unprotected sex twice in my life.  Both times I got pregnant.  I’m 5’3 and the first time, when I chose to terminate, I was about 220 lbs.  The second time (and I’m 10 weeks atm) I was 240lbs.  

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

@Pollywog:  “Yes. Weight makes it harder to get pregnant, makes your pregnancies harder, makes labor harder, and makes it harder to lose the baby weight. If I were you, I would talk to my doctor to determine a healthy weight and work to get their through diet and exercise while TTC. I wouldn’t put off TTC because of your weight, but I would address it while TTC.

Wonderful advice.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m quite heavier than that and currently PG. I was always scared I wouldn’t get pregnant being this big. Guess I was wrong, but I am doing everything I can – eating healthy, exercising (low impact) and vitamins.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yes! My weight is what I believe to be my single point of failure in the ttc battle.  I’m 5’7″ and i’ve been as big as 230lbs and as small as 158, and the only weight I consistently ovulated at was 175-185 (being too small can affect fertility too, thinner isnt always better). Right now im at about 215 and I havent ovulated for over a year. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

Your BMI (body mass index) is at 33.8 given your height and weight. This is considered too high.  Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago reports that women with a BMI of 30 or higher (the definition of obesity), had an ongoing pregnancy rate per in vitro fertilization cycles of 33.3 percent compared to an ongoing pregnancy rate of 54.2 percent in women of normal BMI. I suggest you try to get to a BMI of 29 or less which for you would mean about 160 lbs to give yourself the best chances of getting pregnant.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

Fat cells themselves can produce androgens and make hormones from other substances in the body that can in fact affect your fertility level. Weight is definitely a factor, but not for everyone. There are plenty of overweight women who can get KU easily, but it can’t hurt to work toward losing weight while TTC. Just be sure not to stress your body by losing weight too drastically.

I’ve heard that even when pregnant I can keep loosing weight and baby will be fine!!

Generally, this is not true. Even the most morbidly obese women are still supposed to gain weight, but the rates are much slower, like total weight gain of five or ten pounds.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@figgnewton:  I also have heard that being overweight can cause problems conceiving. Doctors usually tell underweight women to bring it up a bit, but I think they tell the woman to be at max only 10 lbs. over the recommended body weight for the height, for the best fertility.        

Post # 15
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Busy bee

@figgnewton:  It’s really not good to try to lose weight while pregnant.  When you do get KO, you really need to eat a healthy diet with full fats.

Getting pregnant while overweight/obese is not as horrible as it sounds.  As long as you have normal hormones, getting pregnant should not be difficult, and it’s rather common to have a healthy pregnancy with 15 lbs or so weight gain.  You have a slight risk for diabetes, but your doctor will monitor that.

My only concern is that when you go to deliver, the doctor will probably overestimate the size of the baby, and therefore want to do a C section.  They may also try to induce labor, which can sometimes make you labor longer than you normally would.

This website has a TON of birth stories from overweight and obese women.  Hope it helps!

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