How the numbers on your scale could be affecting your pregnancy chances
There’s nothing more exciting than the start of a new adventure, especially when it comes to creating a family. For many hopeful couples, the journey is a seamless, no-stress process that simply begins as soon as they decide. But for countless others, it can be lengthier and, let’s face it, downright stressful.
According to babycenter.com, only 30% of couples conceive within the first cycle. For the average healthy woman, it can take roughly 6 months to conceive naturally. There are many ways couples can boost their chances of conceiving quickly, but what if the key to your conception concerns were as simple as managing your weight?
Let’s take a look at how your weight may be affecting your chances of conception.
GAINING TOO MUCH WEIGHT BEFORE PREGNANCY
It’s no secret stress can take a toll on our bodies. In fact, it has been proven. Thanks to the stress hormone, cortisol, we can be sure that our increase in appetite, junk food and other cravings is being deposited directly into our accumulated belly fat account.
Research suggests that a woman’s best fertility chances begin with an ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) range of 19 to 25. This number certainly isn’t the end all, be all. There are plenty of women who conceive outside of these ideal numbers. It does, however, give us a place to start. It is important to note that healthy weight is as important in the men as it is for women. Men who attain a healthy BMI weight three months prior to the start of trying to conceive have a higher chance of conception. Want to know what your BMI is? Check it out here!
Of course, stress isn’t the only path to weight gain. There could be any number of reasons. Whatever your scale says, don’t fear. The Innovations in Health Clinic with Dr. E. Stanton Shoemaker have worked with countless patients to provide a medically supervised weight management program designed to help you feel better, increase energy levels and achieve your weight loss goals fast. There is no reason why unnecessary weight gain should be what is holding you back from starting your family.
AM I CONSIDERED HIGH-RISK?
Whether conception is the goal, or you are already pregnant, those considered obese do have a higher risk of various pregnancy complications. According to the Mayo Clinic, complications include risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and recurrent miscarriage, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia, sleep apnea, and more. It also increases the need for a C-section and the risk of C-section complications, such as wound infections.
HOW CAN I MANAGE MY WEIGHT BEFORE AND DURING PREGNANCY?
Oftentimes small lifestyle changes can make huge impacts in overall health and wellness. Sure, we can all agree that a trip to the gym or walk around the neighborhood would benefit just about anyone, but did you know doing some simple pelvic floor exercises can help maintain healthy pregnancy too? Although it is not an excuse to hang up your sneakers, it can be a great supplement on those rainy days when getting out may not be an option. (Learn more about vaginal rejuvenation and urinary incontinence here).
In addition to a well-balanced diet and regular exercise, taking necessary supplements can ensure healthy pregnancy weight as well. The higher contents of folic acid and iron found in prenatal vitamins, compared to that of other multivitamins, is necessary to prevent neural tube defects and support the overall growth of the baby. Whether you are already pregnant or plan to become pregnant, start taking those prenatal vitamins now.
WHERE DO I GO FROM HERE?
Whether your goal is to lose weight to increase your chances of conception, or maintain a healthy pregnancy, always start by speaking to an OBGYN who can help you lay out your goals and discuss your personal health concerns. If you are in need of a physician, Dr. E Stanton Shoemaker, Corpus Christi OBGYN is available to meet with you. Contact his office today at 361-929-7088 to set up your appointment.
Don’t settle for another negative pregnancy test. There may be simple solutions to your conception concerns. Call our office today conveniently located in Corpus Christi, South Texas.