fertility, health, perinatal, pregnancy

Healthy weight and fertility

If you are currently trying to conceive, you know that being healthy is super important.  One of the simplest things we can do to boost our fertility is make sure our weight is in the healthy range – and this applies for guys as well as girls. This article from Sciencealert explains more http://www.sciencealert.com/trying-to-conceive-think-about-what-you-re-eating

The ‘fertility zone’

If you’re over- or underweight, getting to a healthy weight range is one of the most important steps you can take to boost your fertility.

There appears to be a “fertility zone” for weight. To get your BMI, or body mass index, visit the National Institutes of Health website and use its BMI calculator. If you’re overweight, losing 5 to 10 percent of that weight can positively fertility.

About 75 percent of overweight women who struggle with fertility have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), so it’s important to get checked by your doctor to have any health issues resolved and/or managed.

This emphasis on weight doesn’t mean it’s time to crash diet. Food scarcity (a.k.a. dieting) negatively influences your fertility.

It makes sense from a biological perspective: Your body needs to know the food supply is reliable and nutritious before bringing a baby on board.

A recent systematic review found that a balanced eating plan that promotes gradual weight loss is better for fertility than drastically cutting calories.

Men also need to follow a healthy eating plan and get to a healthy weight to boost fertility. Being overweight can have a negative impact on testosterone levels, sperm count and motility.

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