(Closed) UPDATE! I saw a specialist last week. Too thin to TTC.

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Did you have regular periods before BC? What what your BMI then? 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m glad you are at least moving in the right direction, and got some good answers!

Have you tried some fatty foods, like avacado, nuts, dried fruit or red meat?

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Bumble bee

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tommywantwingy :  There’s no harm in following her advice and seeing how you get on with it. I wish you good luck. Sorry, I don’t have any personal experience to add. 

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Bumble Beekeeper
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hey so first–yes, this is a pretty well known thing, also being underweight is a big miscarriage risk, so it’s good to get your weight up anyway.

as for how: consider weight lifting.  It seems counter-intuitive but it’s helped plenty of people put on weight.  So long as you eat a balanced diet and don’t get all extreme-body-builder on us, it should put on both muscle and fat which will help get your fat stores up and your body should respond by restarting your period.

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Busy Beekeeper

Oof, I am sorry about this bee. I do get periods but they are really light (like they last 2 days at the most and rarely saturate a whole tampon)…I’m worried my low BMI (18) is to blame. We just started ttc though so I dont’ know if it will be an issue or not.

If I were you though I think I would want to get a second opinion. While your low bmi could be to blame, it seems like there are so many other possibilities and rather than really thinking carefully about this, your doc just took a brief glance at your bloodwork and decided it must be BMI. Maybe she’s right, but again I think I would wannt someone else’s input on this rather than just assuming that gaining weight would solve the issue. Did your periods used to be normal and if so what was your weight then?

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Bumble bee

High-calorie protein bars and shakes would probably help. Look into high-cal meal replacements, like for the elderly, but eat these in addition to your usual meals. 

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Busy bee
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You should look into a program like Isagenix. It’s not just for weight loss, but also for becoming more healthy and feeding your body on a molecular level. A shake for breakfast, lunch, snacks in between, and a healthy dinner. There are people like me on it who are using it for losing weight and others who would like to gain weight – a very true struggle for some ladies. Either that or you could go on the fudge and burger diet, but I think that wouldn’t quite work out for you 🙂

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Bumble Beekeeper
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tommywantwingy :  GL! I know it can be super hard (not personally, lol, I always have had the opposite issue..) I have some friends who are chronically underweight and I know it’s a struggle.  

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Bumble bee

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tommywantwingy :  Not me, but my friend. She’s always been thin and has had 2 kids. Suddenly her doctor thinks she needs to gain weight to have another one. She’s been the same weight before and after each kid. She doesn’t give me all the details, but from what I can tell she gets her period regularly. I personally don’t think it’s weight that needs to be gained, but foods that need to be consumed. I mean you can gain weight by eating pounds of skittles everyday, but that’s not healthy. I would just eat more saturated fat (hormones are made from cholesterol so if you aren’t making or eating enough cholesterol, your hormones will be off). I personally have low progesterone and my temperature rises for a short time before my period, but when I make an effort to eat more coconut oil and bacon, my temperature rises sooner. Also, stress can mess everything up to. It’s called the pregnenolone steal. Dairy fats make things worse for me, not better.

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Newbee

I think the weight gain is important, at a certain (low) percent body fat the body won’t ovulate because it doesn’t think it can support a pregnancy. 

I don’t want to start a feud, but I’d say go for protein and unsaturated fat over saturated fat. Soy, nuts, etc, still help with cholesterol but have more of the ‘good’ cholesterol. 

Good luck!!

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