Does weight matter?
Being overweight or underweight decreases the quality of your eggs. Nutritious diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight can help you in getting pregnant with more ease.
But.. how do I know that I have a healthy weight?
The easiest way to know if you have a healthy weight or not is through your Body Mass Index (BMI). It can be calculated as your weight (in kg) divided by the square of your height (in metres).
A normal BMI is between 18.5 and 25, indicating you have a healthy weight.
If your BMI is lower than 18.5, it indicates your are underweight. This could cause irregular menstrual cycles and can even impact your ovulation.
A BMI between 25 and 29 indicates your are overweight and 30 and beyond indicates your are obese. Obesity may also lead to irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation. Obese women also have a higher risk of miscarriage, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and other pregnancy related complications.
Source: Ramlau-Hansen et al
I need to have a perfect body to have the best chance of getting pregnant
You don’t need a perfect body, you just need to have a healthy body. Healthier parents have healthier babies
How can I get to a normal BMI?
For most people, the most effective way of reaching a healthy weight is through following a healthy diet and a regular exercise regime.
However, at times there might be other factors that could be impacting your weight, and just exercise and diet might not be enough.
Being overweight or obese could be caused due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is also a probable cause for infertility in women.
Unexplained weight gain or loss could also be caused due to thyroid disorders. This can affect your periods, release of egg from the ovary and increase in the time taken to conceive.
Weight gain also increases risks of getting diabetes which can complicate conception.
Early diagnosis, healthy lifestyle and treatment may help improve chances of conception.
Use our conception checklist tool to help you keep track on how you are doing on the various factors impacting your fertility. Whether you wish to have a child now or later, it will guide you towards the right direction.
Understand weight gain.
Hormonal imbalances are often responsible for an unexpected weight gain in many women.
Some hormonal issues that may cause weight gain are:
Other useful tools
Need to keep track of your fertile window? Try out Ovulation Tracker to easily keep track of your ovulation date and your most fertile dates.
Whether you want to have kids right now, in the future, or never, we have got your back. We will help you monitor your fertility profile for a better and healthy life.
Other factors that impact fertility
Age is the most influential factor on your fertility and chances of having a baby.
While planning a baby, know what time would be the best for conception.
A healthy lifestyle goes a long way in having a positive effect on your fertility.
Timely diagnosis and treatment of certain health conditions could help keep your fertility in check
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Did you know?
In a study conducted by AIIIMS Delhi in 2018, only 26% of the participants were aware of the critical age threshold after which it becomes difficult to get pregnant. Test your knowledge now!!