Obesity has many negative health consequences. Some are better known and documented than others. Recent studies have shown that yet another potential consequence of obesity is a difficulty when it comes to conceiving a baby. Fertility troubles are a growing problem in this country and around the world. One reason that is being hailed as a very viable culprit is obesity.
While most people look immediately to the female in the relationship for this particular problem the facts indicate that male obesity can also lead to a low sperm count, which can also hamper fertility efforts and progress.
Our bodies were designed for specific purposes. It is utterly amazing how well each part of the human body works to support the others. There are very few machines that can compete with the genius of the design of the human body. After thousands of years to study the human body there are still many mysteries hidden within. The truth comes down to this however, we put things into our bodies, and abuse our bodies in ways that our bodies were simply not designed to take and yet we still manage to adapt and survive many of these things.
It’s amazing when you think that the human body endures the many things it does without permanent and irrevocable damage. The good news for those attempting to conceive is that the human body also has the remarkable ability to heal itself. This means that those who find their efforts to conceive have been hampered by obesity have also seen positive changes by losing as little as five to ten percent of their ability to conceive.
If both partners are overweight then it might be a good idea to work together to shed those unwanted pounds and adopt a healthier, more active lifestyle. Being active when trying to conceive and throughout the pregnancy is a good idea for the female in the relationship at any rate as this can help in the process of labor and delivery.
If you are trying to conceive without success and have been doing so for more than a year it is probably in your best interest to seek the services of a fertility specialist in order to rule out other possible considerations. Though it is rarely a bad idea to adopt a healthier lifestyle you should also consult your doctor before beginning a strict diet or weight loss regimen in order to make sure there aren’t other factors that may be causing your weight issues. This is particularly true if you have gained a good deal of weight in a rather short amount of time.
In addition to conception difficulty obesity can also lead to a greater risk of miscarriage once conception has occurred. Obesity also leads to a greater risk of conditions such as gestational diabetes during the pregnancy, pre-eclampsia, and in some cases stillbirth and birth defects. It is no small hindrance to a healthy pregnancy and should be carefully considered before attempting to conceive.
Another consideration when it comes to obesity and fertility is that being overweight can also hamper the effects of fertility treatments. This means that the process is typically lengthier and will cost significantly more over time than if obesity were not a factor. When coupled with the risks to the baby this is something that should not be taken lightly when making plans for fertility treatments.
If your BMI is greater than 30 there are many fertility clinics that simply will not offer their services. Some limit it to greater than 35 and others 40. If you feel that fertility treatments are the only course of action available to you and your BMI is greater than 30, the first suggestion you are likely to hear is the suggestion that you make serious weight loss efforts and lifestyle changes before proceeding. You may find that once you begin to shed the pounds, fertility intervention is no longer necessary.
An anovulation prediction kit measures the presence of LH in your urine, a hormone that increases before ovulation to prepare for the release of the egg. Testing consistently every day before your predicted fertile window will give you the most accurate results; a surge in LH levels means that ovulation will occur within 24-36 hours. The best time to take an ovulation test is generally in the afternoon unless instructed differently by the manufacturer. The Premom app allows users to comprehensively store tracked information to form a detailed analysis of the fluctuations in their bodies, all in one convenient app.
While there’s no way one magic bullet fertility boosting food, there are a number of foods and eating patterns that seem to increase the likelihood of getting pregnant.
If you’re trying to get pregnant or plan to start trying soon, focus on eating whole, unprocessed food.
- Steer clear of trans fats.
- Include unsaturated fats in your diet.
- Choose plant-based protein frequently.
- Don’t give up carbs, instead choose slowly digesting carbs.
- Drink and eat full-fat dairy products.
- Consider taking a multivitamin For women and for men, strong semen will help.
- Turn to plants to up your iron.
- Water, water, water! Drink up!
- Find your happy, healthy, fertile weight range. Then get in and stay in that zone.
- Get moving. Find ways to stay active, just don’t overdo it. Like yoga will help a lot.
- Avoid simple carbs like sugar, maida, white rice, and switch to complex carbs like brown rice, millets, potatoes, etc. Don’t avoid carbs completely as it is an important macronutrient required for energy. Complex carbs take time to get digested. This will reduce the sugar spikes in your blood and keep the insulin levels in check.
- Have a wide variety of protein in your food that comes from vegetables, leafy greens, eggs, meat, legumes, lentils, etc. Protein is important to repair your body tissues. Have a good balance between carbs and protein.
- Consume a good amount of fats that come from avocado, fish, nuts, and seeds. Fat is essential to the body. It lines all the cells in the body. Avoid fats from highly processed vegetable oils, cheese, etc.
- Maintain portion eating. You don’t have to overeat. Maintain a healthy portion (40% carb, 30% protein, 30% fat diet)
- Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Ensure you have a wide range over the week instead of repeating the same vegetables every day
- Eat your fruits, don’t drink them
- Have green leafy vegetables every day as a part of morning breakfast
- Have a good 45 mins of workouts every day. Do targeted training to lose fat from specific areas. Work out will be even better for mental health and it also gives a sense of purpose.
- Get a lot of sunlight. This is the only source from which you can get vitamin D
- Completely avoid processed food like biscuits, instant noodles, pastries, and that packed food has ingredients that sound like chemicals.
Eat healthily, eat smart. I gave up on sugar and simple carbs completely. Junk food and soft drinks, packaged juices were a total no-no. I used to eat almonds, walnuts, dates(not many dates, in moderation), yogurt, broccoli, beans, lentils, pulses, carrots, apples, berries, oranges and other fruits and vegetables, grilled chicken, soybean, fish, eggs, etc., all these are good sources for protein, good fatty acids, and fiber. I said bye to rice, outside food, pizza, burger, KFC, french fries, etc, all my previous favorites. I used to sleep 8–9 hours a day to give my body the rest it needs. In this way, my menstrual cycle got regular after 1 month only after I started all these routines. I lost 10 kilos within 3 months.
So the key point is simple. Our body is not meant for sitting in ac rooms all day. Make your body do some work. Eat what nature made for humans: fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, and nuts.