Published on February 22, 2020
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Does a woman’s weight play a role in preventing miscarriage?
It is well known that there is an association between obesity and infertility. Obese women have poor reproductive outcomes, both in natural as well as assisted conception such as ovulation induction, in vitro fertilization (IVF) intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and ovum donation cycles.
Once pregnant, the higher risk of miscarriage for these women may be due to these facts:
📌 Obesity is associated with high blood pressure which can complicate preeclampsia.
📌 Obesity can make diabetes harder to manage, increasing the risk of complications in the first 13 weeks.
📌 Among women with PCOS, who already run a higher risk of miscarriage, being overweight only compounds an already difficult situation.
If you’re obese, it is better to approach weight loss as a means to a healthier lifestyle rather than pinning your efforts to a specific number of pounds or for the specific goal of trying to become pregnant. By doing so, weight loss becomes part of an ongoing process rather than an event that starts and ends. Things like crash diets and rapid weight loss programs may only impede your ability to conceive by undermining the very quality of your eggs.