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Q&A: Getting pregnant if you're overweight?

I'm about 15 pounds overweight. Should I wait to TTC until I've lost the weight?

Re: I'm about 15 pounds overweight. Should I wait to TTC until I've lost the weight?

The Bump Expert

You're smart to want to get your weight closer to its ideal before you get busy TTC. If you're overweight when you get pregnant, it ups your chances of dangerous pregnancy complications like preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. And if you don't have healthy food and fitness habits pre-conception, you're more likely to pack on too many pounds once you're eating for two -- and have a hell of a time shedding the post-baby flab. (Reality check: It's not as easy as Heidi Klum makes it look.) Plus, studies show that overweight women have a harder time getting preggo, so losing a few pounds might make TTC easier.

That said, don't put your family planning on hold indefinitely while you chase the ideal physique. Give yourself a set period of time (say, between three and six months) to focus on getting fit and eating right, and see how you do. Even if the scale doesn't quite get down to your goal weight, your new healthy habits will have body in a much better position for baby making.

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Overweight and TTC?

I do agree with whats written above, BUT my friend is over 300lbs and so is her DH and they conceive with no problem. They are about to have #2.

KellB916 |

re: Q: Overweight and TTC?

I have always battled with my weight but I am now the heaviest I have ever been. I have just recently lost 12 lbs and I am still trying to lose another 25 before I feel good about getting pregnant. I am 5'5" 166 currently. Am I putting too much pressure on myself or is 25 lbs reasonable to get my body to the right weight for pregnancy?

kate5779 |

re: Q: Overweight and TTC?

I am about a 100 lbs over weight and I am currently 14 weeks pregnant.... I have really been watching what I am eating and excercising, but I still worry about having problems throughout this pregnancy. I have not had any problems yet and made it threw the first trimester just fine. Is it ok for me to lose weight and be pregnant at the same time?

Stephanie729 |

Q&A: Getting pregnant if you're overweight?

To Stephanie729: Good for you for making healthy choices and best of luck with your pregnancy. I'm sure you know being very overweight can increase the risk of lots of problems, but only your doctor could tell you if weight loss is safe. I've read that the baby can only by nourished by what you take into your body, and not the energy your body derives from burning stored fat.

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Q&A: Getting pregnant if you're overweight?

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