Obese and Trying to Get Pregnant

Obese and Trying to Get Pregnant

Trying to get pregnant when obese is not an easy path. Obesity is a medical condition which leads to impaired female fertility, due to the fact that being overweight interferes with normal ovulation. Normal ovulation is an essential requirement for conceiving. In addition, if an obese woman chooses in vitro fertilization (IVF), this medical procedure could turn unsuccessful. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Moreover, if an obese woman does become pregnant, she could suffer from gestational diabetes during pregnancy and pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy). The weight status “obese” suggests a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 and higher. BMI determines body fat with the aid of a formula based on height and weight. Here are 5 helpful tips to improve the chances of conceiving in women who are obese & trying to get pregnant.

Controlled weight loss

Keep in mind that forcing your body into losing a lot of pounds within a short period of time has a negative impact on fertility too, because it puts a lot of stress on your body’s energy and resources, harmful for conception.

Losing body fat causes additional fertility problems, including hormonal imbalances (a drop in progesterone level), abnormal ovulation and a reduction in egg follicle growth. It is advisable not to exceed a weight loss of 20 pounds at a time; moreover, losing 20 pounds will suffice so as to resume a normal ovulation.


Supplementation with folic acid and other pre-natal vitamins (C and E) and minerals (calcium) are beneficial for fertility. It corrects any nutritional deficiency which might impair fertility and it improves the assimilation of essential nutrients for a healthy reproductive system. However, you should avoid taking diet drugs when trying to get pregnant, because they could deplete your body of useful nutrients.


Consult a doctor if your menstrual period misses more than 3-6 months in a row. A prescription drug called Provera can help to get your cycle back and thus your normal ovulation too.

Fertility specialist

Consult a fertility specialist who can pinpoint the exact cause of impaired fertility, whether it is weight-related or due to other common fertility problems (polycystic ovarian syndrome, amenorrhea, hormonal imbalance of estrogen and progesterone levels).

Check your BBT

Check your basal body temperature and use ovulation predictor kits to know ahead when ovulation occurs and boost your chances of conceiving. Other optimum fertility signs include a high, open and soft cervical position and very wet and stretchy cervical mucus.

Weight-related issues are not always the culprit if you are unable to conceive. Sometimes, other underlying causes, like various reproductive tract diseases are responsible for female infertility. If you are obese & trying to get pregnant, be patient and, when your body is ready to carry a pregnancy, you will successfully conceive regardless of your body weight.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).