Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Overweight and Trying to Conceive?

I read an interesting article on iParenting. As many people may know, my husband and I are trying to conceive again. Chris and I have one child (Bradley, 17 months) and last year at this time we were pregnant again for our second child. The pregnancy ended in a miscarriage in late March, at the very end of my first trimester we found out the baby didn't have a heart beat. At the beginning of my second trimester I physically miscarried.

Recently I have been reading article after article about conception. Chris and I have been trying for six months now. Bradley was conceived on birth control and the second baby was conceived as we breathed the words, "Let's try." Clearly this is frustrating.

Since finding out my BMI and that I am officially overweight, I have done more reading. It has been proven it can be harder to conceive while being overweight. In the same token the article on iParenting, suggested not losing weight a few months prior to try and conceive. The article also mentioned there is a higher risk for a cesarean, diabetes during (and after) pregnancy, plus an overweight fetus, which can therefore cause more problems. It is not suggested to try and lose weight while pregnant but do try and stay within the guidelines if possible. Clearly that doesn't always work, but if you at least try to be your healthiest you are that much more better off.

Chris and I will still continue to try and conceive. I will continue to try and live a healthier lifestyle and try and lose weight. I do know the more fit you are, the easier delivery is. Just another reason to workout, eat healthy and stay (or get in my case) in shape.

1 comment:

  1. Don't get too discouraged. It will happen when it's meant to happen!