This time of year is a time when many couples who are having trouble conceiving decide it’s time to start seeking help. That help could come from the OBGYN, a midwife or a fertility specialist. It’s also a time in the year, after indulging during the holidays, when many of us have a few extra pounds to shed.
For those who are overweight, part of that advice will be to lose weight before conception.
While this may not be easy, there are multiple reasons why weight loss before pregnancy is good advice.
Being overweight will reduce the chances of you getting pregnant on your own
Being overweight will increase the chances that if you do get pregnant, you will miscarry
Being overweight will increase the chances of medical complications during pregnancy such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
While diet and exercise during pregnancy can help limit weight gain during pregnancy, it is not likely to reduce the likelihood of pregnancy-related complications such as diabetes and hypertension.
Delaying pregnancy and excess weight are both bad for fertility, so delaying pregnancy for weight loss is balancing two risks.
At what point do the risks of delaying pregnancy offset the benefits of weight loss?
According to a recent study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, women in their late 30’s or those have poor ovarian reserve may be best off not delaying childbearing despite the obvious benefits.