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Can Losing Weight Help me Get Pregnant?

If you are overweight and trying to conceive, but having difficulty, then you may want to consider losing weight. It’s amazing that there are many tools you have as an individual to promote pregnancy without the assistance of fertility drugs. It’s not easy to make certain lifestyle changes like losing weight, or even stopping smoking, but by doing these you increase your chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. Keep in mind that by making changes in the way you eat, how much you exercise, and the things you put in your body (i.e. alcohol and cigarette smoke) that you are doing this for your baby’s eventual health as well as your own. It is important to start six months to a year before becoming pregnant so that you have the best chances at a healthy pregnancy. This means tracking your blood pressure and weight, as well as exercise, to ensure you are becoming a healthier version of yourself.

If you have hypertension or any other health issues you will want to address those before becoming pregnant. This will increase your chances of being healthy throughout pregnancy and delivering a full term baby. Keep in mind how much you weigh before you get pregnant and the weight you gain during pregnancy are different subjects. Make a graph to determine how much you weigh, how much you should weigh, and your goal weight loss for each week. Then, you will know how successful you are at losing weight. Remember, being overweight can result in birth defects, send your blood pressure skyrocketing, and cause serious problems in pregnancy. By losing even five pounds, or even 10, you can improve your health and your baby’s. Every pound you lose is helpful from a medical standpoint so take it one pound at a time, regardless of how much you have to lose.

Some women can’t become pregnant when they are overweight simply because their hormone balances are off. By losing weight they are more likely to regulate their hormonal balances naturally and increase their odds of conception and a healthy pregnancy.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.