Being overweight or underweight can complicate fertility treatments. Research has shown that overweight and underweight women generally experience more failed in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles and embryo transference because being overweight or underweight can affect the lining of the uterus. Miscarriage is also a heightened risk. So what can you do if you want to improve your chances of conceiving?
The first thing you need to do if you're overweight or underweight is to see your doctor. You can work together to develop a nutrition plan that will help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Dr. William Boone studied the effects of extreme body weights on a woman's chance of getting pregnant and had this to say: "All we know is that overweight or underweight, if you can try and find your way into that middle range, your pregnancy rates will improve significantly." During your doctor's appointment, the importance of eating a balanced diet will be stressed. Eating wholesome, unprocessed foods will restore the nutritional balance your body needs to perform effectively. Your doctor may also recommend a visit to a nutritionist or dietitian, who can provide guidance and suggestions for a nutrition plan that will meet your weight goals.
A diet rich in fruits, vegetable, lean protein, and whole grains is essential for the health of your future child. While it may seem discouraging to measure every snack, think of it as insurance for your family. Each healthy bite is a step forward in your reproductive goal.
Whether you're overweight or underweight, following your new nutrition plan will fortify your body for future pregnancies and also help prevent diseases often associated with extreme weight conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Your doctor may also recommend a moderate exercise program, unless you are extremely underweight.
When it comes to fertility issues, your weight is one thing you can control. Call your doctor and let them help you optimize your fertility with a nutrition plan tailored specifically for you.
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