Difficulty conceiving a child is a problem that affects many couples. There are several causes of this but one factor that many don’t consider and often overlook is weight.
Are you overweight or obese? A common way of telling is the body mass index or BMI.
Not having a healthy BMI can affect your chances of conceiving and having a healthy baby. This is because obesity is thought to cause hormonal imbalances and problems with ovulation. Furthermore obesity is associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) a common cause of infertility.
When the conception hurdle is overcome, obesity still impacts on the pregnancy as risks of complications go up. More miscarriages, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, pregnancy diabetes, infection and still births are reported in obese women. Even when the baby does successfully make it into the world, their risks of health problems are higher compared to babies of normal weight mothers.
So is this restricted to just women? No! Research shows that obesity in men is similarly associated with infertility. This is via the effect it has on the sperm counts, erectile function and sexual desire.
If the above isn’t motivation enough, be aware that being overweight also increases your risk of other diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. This translates to a shorter life and not being around for your children.
So if you’re planning to get pregnant and you’re overweight, you and your spouse would do well to commit to a good diet and regular exercise to help lose weight. You’ll also find great emotional connection and understanding as you create and reach a weight loss goal together. This will no doubt do wonders for you in the bedroom.