Difficulty Getting Pregnant Overweight






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There are many reasons that women may have trouble becoming pregnant and one is their weight. Being overweight or obese sometimes can play a huge role in a woman’s fertility and may make it unlikely that they become pregnant at all.

1. Your Cycle

Many women find that being overweight causes issues with their menstrual and ovulation cycle. However, research has shown that even if a woman is displaying normal signs of ovulation, they still have a difficult time becoming pregnant if they are overweight.


One study showed that when women had a BMI that was over 29, their chances of becoming pregnant fell by four percent. Since you typically only have a 20% to 25% chance of becoming pregnant every month, this dropped a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant to 15% to 20%.

2. Health Risks

Women who have large BMI’s also find that they are at a higher risk of developing certain types of diseases as well. For example a woman with a BMI of over 30 who becomes pregnant is three times as likely to develop gestational diabetes during the pregnancy.


Some women have found that their weight is an issue because of PCOS. In order to determine this, your doctor will need to run some tests in order to make a diagnosis. If this does seem to be the problem, treatment of your PCOS may be the answer to both your fertility and your weight problems.

3. What Can I do?

If you are looking to become pregnant and are overweight, the best thing to do is to lose the weight now. You should start by visiting your doctor in order to determine exactly what you need to do to become healthy. He will probably start you off with prenatal vitamins and give you suggestions as to the right food to eat as well as the exercises that you may want to try.


You can also ask him more about the specific amount of weight that you should aim to lose. While you are looking to lose weight, it is best to have a large support system so that you stay motivated. Consider joining a gym with your friends or scheduling time with a personal trainer so that you will have someone to help keep you motivated.

4. What Foods should I eat?

Eating the right foods while you are trying to become pregnant is important regardless of the size that you are. However, you will want to stick with foods that offer lots of vitamins and nutrients that will be beneficial to both you and your baby.


During the first few weeks after conception, there are numerous vitamins that your baby will need in order to develop properly. By consuming many of these vitamins beforehand, you will be ready to get through those first few weeks and provide your baby with the elements that she needs.

5. Can I get pregnant if I’m overweight?

Although you may find it difficult to do, it is possible to get pregnant if you are overweight. You may find that your doctor needs to prescribe fertility medicine to help you out, but it is not impossible to become pregnant while you are overweight.


However, it is a good idea to lose the weight that you have in order to become healthier and lower your risk of developing issues with your health or with your pregnancy. You should work on losing the weight while you are trying to become pregnant and continue to eat a healthy diet at the same time.

6. Conclusion

It is not impossible to become pregnant while you are overweight, but it is more difficult. You should consult your doctor to learn more about your specific condition and to learn exactly what you need to do in order to produce a healthy pregnancy.


It is best to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program while you are trying to conceive as well as when you do become pregnant. Following a healthy lifestyle is the best way to avoid issues with becoming pregnant as well as issues with your pregnancy and delivery of your baby.

Make sure that you are following the instructions that your doctor provides you and that you are taking care of your health both while you are trying to conceive and while you are pregnant. Even if you are overweight, you may be able to get pregnant in this manner.

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Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.