Post # 16
I wouldn’t suggest lifting weights. Muscle burns fat and you likely need more body fat not muscle. If you are going to consider weight lifting, then I’d get a body composition test to find out if you have the appropriate percentage of fat first.
Post # 17
My sister had the same issue! She had her first child with no issues (with a “healthy” BMI according to the charts), started eating healthier and working out after, dropped to where she was now “underweight”… then started having issues with having a regular period. She tried for 3.5 years to get pregnant, and was only successful after she got her BMI back up, which meant she stopped working out, and stopped eating as healthy. It seemed insane at the time, basically once she stopped being healthy according to all other standards, she got pregnant.
Post # 18
Some guys at my gym take this weight gainer stuff- it has like a million calories and you mix it in like a protein shake!! Howeveer not sure if there is anything else in there that might be bad for TTC Might help you! I would search body builder forums- probably lots of good ideas on how to bulk!
Also if you do make a shake, mix your protein powder with ensure vs milk…way more calories! GL!
Post # 19
I’ve seen high performance athletes take shots of high quality olive oil to help replenish their lost calories. It sounds gross, I know but thought if it helps, it helps. Sorry you’re going through this.
Post # 20
Honestly I’d reach out to a nutritionist on this. As others have stated, you can gain weight by eating chocolate cake 4 times a day and being a couch potato, but that’s probably not the healthiest way to go about it. Since nutrition is a huge aspect of fertility and pregnancy, I would think a nutritionist can give you the best medical advice possible.
Post # 21
I’ve always been thin. Before I got pregnant I was 5’7” and 115lbs. I think that puts my BMI at 18. I got off the pill and it took a while to get my cycle back. I never was regular but I confirmed ovulation through temping. I got pregnant the first month we tried and had a success pregnant and healthy baby. My point is, I want to call out that being underweight doesn’t always lead to trouble conceiving.
Since having my son and breastfeeding, I had very little fat and muscle. So in order to gain my muscle back I started lifting heavy weight and eating more calories. I’ve gone from about 115 to 123.
Post # 22
I have several friends who had the same issue and all were able to conceive and deliver healthy babies once they gained a bit. I’ll echo PP who suggested seeing a nutritionist–not all calories are equal and adding fatty red meat to your diet may not be the best choice. (I’m a meat eater, so no judgment here.) Cooking with more healthy oils, adding more avocado, olives, nuts, full fat yogurt, etc. may be better.
Think of it this way–your body wants to know it has the resources to support another life. How comprehensive was your blood work? If your doctor did not check for vitamin and other deficiencies request it.
Post # 23
I spent over a year TTC my first and my RE told me I needed to gain weight in order to get pregnant. I’ve been 5’9” and 124 lbs my whole adult life, but he suggested I needed to gain 12 pounds to get my BMI up. I was only able to gain 8 pounds in the 2 months before I conceived (through fertility treatments) but it was really hard. I’m 9months pp and TTC again, only now I weigh even less because of breastfeeding (despite trying to keep some of the baby weight on after giving birth). I’m working hard to gain some weight back. I schedule snacks into my day, everyday. I eat 3 regular meals a day, in addition to a 10am Ensure Plus shake, a 2pm calorie rich granola bar, and several bowls of cereal at 8pm. I’m typically not hungry at these times but try to eat then anyway to keep my weight up. (This was suggested to me by a nutritionist.) I’ve been a long distance runner my whole life but have not been “allowed” to run longer than 3 miles in almost 2 years because the drs didn’t want me burning calories. It’s tough, and you have my sympathy!
Post # 24
Fill up on those healthy fats. Make sure you are using a decent amount of oil when you cook. Add a side of nuts, like almonds, to at least one meal per day.
Post # 25
AOriver : My point is, I want to call out that being underweight doesn’t always lead to trouble conceiving.
It is a huge contributing factor which is why her doctor is talking about it rather than poking an prodding to try and find some random diagnosis with no other symptoms. This is the first issue relating to OPs fertility that needs to be addressed.
Post # 26
I would get a second opinion. There are a huge number of reasons you might not be getting periods, inc length of time on BC (it sounds like you’ve been on the pill for 13-14 years, is that correct?), or polycystic ovaries (have they done a scan? You don’t have to have the syndrome to have absent periods, my friend was having extremely irregular/absent periods and she has polycystic ovaries, but not PCOS (bloodwork totally normal).
I would also ask for tests to rule out hyperthroidism if you haven’t already as this would explain both your low BMI/difficulty gaining weight, as well as the absent periods.
I would be very hesitant to just straight away try to gain weight in what is probably going to be an unhealthy/unnatural way before having further tests/getting a second opinion.
Post # 27
Do you eat a good breakfast? I am also naturally thin and it’s hard for me to gain weight. I started eating breakfast regularly (I used to snack throughout the morning instead) and I gained almost 10 pounds over a few months. That was the only thing I did differently so I think that’s why I gained the weight.
Post # 28
It is odd how that works out. I have to wonder if the general consensus of what “healthy” is… is even right then?
Post # 29
just sharing MY INDIVIDUAL experience.
Post # 30
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my thyroid was checked and is normal and I have been scanned for PCOS to rule that out.
I have been drinking a protein shake with fruit, whole fat yougurt and 2 scoops of protein every morning since the middle of July! It’s totally helped. I used to skip breakfast…! I agree making sure to eat breakfast is HUGE!
YES! Thank you.
it’s true that low BMI isn’t always an issue for some women but in my case that’s where I have to start since I have never had regular periods. I’ve had 1 real period in my life and I’ve had a few days of very light blood since quitting BC in Jan 🙁