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Should I Lose Weight Before Trying to Get Pregnant?

Portrait of overweight woman wondering should I lose weight before trying to get pregnantShould I lose weight before trying to get pregnant or should I still be trying along the way?

A: For some women who are over 100 kilos, 10 percent of weight loss of their body weight is actually going to make a huge difference to restarting and regulating their cycle.

You may not necessarily need to lose a whole lot more weight, and at the same time, if you have a lot of weight to lose, a lot of the toxicity that we carry in our bodies is actually carried in our fat tissue, which essentially means that you’re probably going to be detoxifying quite a lot if you’re losing weight.

It may be worthwhile waiting a little bit longer but then it also depends on your age, your history, what else is going on for you. There’s a whole lot of things that I would need to find out about you in order to be able to give you that answer in the best possible way.

As a health professional I have a strict duty of care meaning I do not make individual recommendation to anyone without knowing more about your history. What I would recommend is our free fertility discovery, which is a comprehensive questionnaire that provides us a minimum amount of health information needed to discuss your individual requirements and to determine if we can help you achieve your family dream.

What you need to make sure right now is that you have all of your blood test results from previous practitioners and doctors as well as any information whatsoever about your history because that will be highly effective in helping me to understand more about your situation and subsequently to answer your specific fertility question, as opposed to providing just a general answer.

Q: I was told I’m too heavy to conceive.

A: Look, weight is definitely a factor in creating a healthy pregnancy to term. It also is a factor in having a healthy pregnancy as well as being able to achieve pregnancy.

Being overweight can negatively impact the sperm. It can negatively impact the egg, the ability of an embryo and therefore a baby developing. It can increase the risk of things like preeclampsia, diabetes, which all can cause fetal death in utero.

It’s something that definitely needs to be addressed. For some women, it stops cycles from being regular. It stops ovulation and even the ability to conceive becomes compromised. It’s really important to make sure that all of those things are addressed.

What I hear most from my patients is the challenge to lose weight especially if 1) you have a lot of weight to lose and/or 2) it’s been difficult in the past.

So first of all I highly recommend  looking at weight loss from a different perspective because the truth is every single one of you already knows what you need to do to lose weight – it’s about what you’re eating and exercise. That simple. Reducing the amount of calories and/or burning more calories.

Why is it so difficult to do that?

Well often because we put emotion into it. We get into our heads and we start talking to ourselves. We start talking to ourselves – to justify not being more proactive – chattering away in our heads about how hard exercise is, how difficult it is to find the time to exercise, how expensive organic foods are, how tasty fried foods are,  how unsocial it is not to be eating… This world of conversation, that goes on in our heads about why it’s impossible or difficult or just not the right time yet, to lose weight.

Valid or not, they are all just excuses.

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Gabriela Rosa MScM, ND

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