Obesity is a worldwide problem that has been growing at an alarming rate every year. It was found through research carried out by endocrinology organizations that almost half of the population is overweight, reaching 48.5% of the population.
The largest number of cases is among men, but the number of women of reproductive age is still very large, reaching 39.9% of women between 25 and 35 years old. Is this why the increase in demand for women who are unable to conceive naturally is growing? After all, can obesity hinder ovulation and allow women to become pregnant?
And the answer is yes! The obesity may interfere in the fertile life of the woman and hinder pregnancy to occur naturally or easily. Female hormones are stored and metabolized through the fatty tissue found in the body’s fat.
This excess fat disrupts the correct functioning of the pituitary gland found in the brain and sends all the commands in the body and completely disrupts the cycle as well as ovulation . Due to excess fat, the body ends up producing more estrogen than normal and the body acts as if it has been receiving contraceptives and limits the chances of getting pregnant.
That is why many women who suffer the risks of cardiovascular diseases, with overweight or obesity have amenorrhea (menstrual absence) and need treatment and medical monitoring to regularize not only their cycle but also their weight control. Obesity does not only hinder fertility and much less is it an aesthetic problem. It increases diabetes, high blood pressure, risk of heart attacks and is more likely to develop cancers of the breast, ovaries and uterus.
Obesity further increases the risk of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome which is caused by hormonal dysfunction. With polycystic ovaries, the production of androgens, which is a male hormone, increases its production which completely unbalances your hormonal cycle. In turn, the testosterone produced also interferes with the working of the cycle, which in addition to preventing ovulation from occurring, increases the chances of cysts.
Another recurring problem also for those who have obesity problems, above all, is the lack of ovulation or not realizing the fertile period when it arrives. Unfortunately mucus may not appear for those who are low on estrogens, so to be absolutely sure you are not ovulating, the use of ovulation tests is recommended. They will help to check for the development of the hormone LH which releases the follicles in case of ovulation. The time to do the ovulation testin these cases specifically, they should be calculated with the largest and smallest menstrual cycle that the woman has ever had, and, on average, start taking the tests. It is recommended to do the ovulation test and only after the positive test starts to become clearer, remembering that the ovulation tests must have two dark lines or the test line lighter than the control.
I suffer from Obesity and I want to get pregnant – What do I do?
If you are overweight or suffer from obesity and are trying to get pregnant and are unable to, the best way is to investigate your fertility, your health conditions and the best options for losing weight in a healthy way. It is worth mentioning that the issue of weight loss is not only related to physical or aesthetic appearance, it goes far beyond health conditions.
In fact, if you manage to get pregnant already overweight, the control of monthly weight gain has to be doubled so that it does not result in gestational diabetes, hypertension if you do not already have it, in addition to pre-eclampsia and the risk of bleeding during childbirth and powders. Therefore, taking care before pregnancy happens will avoid a lot of worry and risks, in addition to providing a healthy and peaceful pregnancy and the birth of a baby selling health.
There are millions of diets of all types and options and an extensive list of activities and exercises to help with weight loss. However, we do not recommend that they be performed without the assistance of doctors and specialists. Balanced diets or even dietary re-education along with exercise provides a quick result on the scale, which comes closer to the dream of becoming a mother.
When looking for a nutritionist, exams will be performed and the BMI calculation will indicate how much weight you need to lose. Food care together with activities such as hiking, swimming, cycling and aerobic activities in a few months will yield the expected result. Isn’t such a special dream worth the effort? Staying healthy to live that dream and give life to your dream is always worth it!
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.