(Closed) Losing Weight before TTC

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I will be trying to get in better shape this year before TTC!  I have about 75 pounds to lose.  I would like to be in the normal/overweight edge before I try rather than technically obese as I am now.  I say technically because I hate that word! 

Post # 3
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I’m losing weight to be healthier (already lost ~35 lbs) and am a size 10, would like to lose another 20ish and maybe get to a 6 or so? but TTC in the future (eventually, no set plans as I’m not sure I even want kids) is also on my mind.  I don’t think I’d ever TTC until I was at a healthy weight (which for me is not too far away since I already lost most of what I needed to, but still). 

Post # 4
6927 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Boy #1 12/2015, boy #2 02/2018

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jily:  I think it’s always a good idea to lose those extra pounds before getting pregnant. My doctor has not said anything to me, but I am making my goal to lose the extra pounds and so far so good. We are TTC, so this is not stopping me, but I hope to be at my healthy BMI before getting pregnant. I am following my own meal plan and trying to work out regularly. I am cutting a few things from my diet.

Post # 5
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

Ummm… we need IVF to conceive, and our RE has no hesitations with my weight (207 on a 5’6 frame, so about 50 pounds over what it should be). Unless your OB can show you some hard facts about why you must be at the low end of the healthy range to TTC, I’d be finding a new OB. Please note, there are no hard facts that would support such a position. I’m not saying that losing weight for your own health, comfort, and peace of mind is a bad thing. I’m saying that your OB sounds like an ass with a fat phobic mindset that should not be tolerated. If RE’s with nationally published success rates don’t mind extra pounds, OBs with no skin in the game sure as hell shouldn’t. 🙂

All that said, Mr. LK and I radically changed our diet and lifestyle about 6 months ago to help deal with a multitude of interconnected issues. Weightloss has been a very happy part of that change. We eat a nutrient dense diet of grass-fed animal proteins, animal and plant fats, veggies, and fruits. We don’t eat grains (with the exception of white rice on occasion), soy, processed foods, and things with added sweeteners (sugar, honey, stevia, the fake crap, etc.). I gave up dairy because it is not my friend, but Mr. LK still enjoys high quality, full fat dairy. We buy as organic and local as possible, too. We’re working with an RE, a urologist who specializes in infertility, a natropath, and a reproductive accupuncturist. All of them have fully endorsed our diet as being optimal for TTC.

Post # 6
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I eat very healthy, and since starting to TTC have been engaged in a healthier and fitter lifestyle than ever before.  That said, I’m near my heaviest in terms of weight.  I very strongly dislike the idea that weight is an indicator of overall health.  I own a scale but stand on it once every 2-3 months, and know that once we conceive the regular getting on the scale at the dr’s office will annoy me to no end.

For reference I’m 5’7, 175 lbs, and wearing size 6-8.  I’ve got a lot of lean muscle so the weight doesn’t bother me.

Post # 8
7310 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

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jily:  Did your OB also mention other sources of inflamation and provide you with information sources on them (e.g. leaky gut, food intolerances, the role of leptin resistance, the role of insulin resistance, hormone imbalances, chemical exposure in everyday items, etc.)? If not, find yourself someone who can see the full picture instead of the number on the scale. Health is a great goal to have. But it needs to be about how you lose weight and how you change your relationship with food and your body, not just that you lose x number of pounds. The scale is a tool, rather than the be all and end all of health.

Post # 9
9544 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

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jily:  I think there must be some miscommunication here. I’ve never heard of a doctor saying that you should be at the bottom of the normal range to TTC. I don’t think that’s true. In fact, when you get to the very low ranges of BMI, your body may not have enough body fat to run your monthly cycles properly. 

If you’re using BMI:

  • Underweight – Under 18.4
  • Normal – 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight – 25 to 29.9
  • Obese – 30 and higher

At 5″5 inches, to get to the bottom of the normal range you’d have to weigh about 115 lbs. Tha would mean dropping almost half your body weight (95 lbs), which would be a huge thing to do. I wouldn’t want to put off TTC until you got to that point. 

On the other hand, to get to the top of the normal range, you’d shoot for 150, which would mean about 60 lbs of weight loss. This seems a lot more reasonable. If that is going well, you could certainly lose some more weight, safely, but I wouldn’t shoot for the very bottom of normal. 

Personally, I’ve been in the Overweight category for the last year or two and I’m on my thrid cycle of TTC. My doctor didn’t seem to have any issue with my weight when I discussed TTC with him at my last physical. I’m hoping to drop my weight back into the normal range, which would mean losing 20 lbs. If I can do that, I’ll be thrilled. If I get there, I may set a new goal to try to lose a bit more, but I don’t think I’ll pressure myself. 

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