Nutrition plays a significant role in your reproductive health. Being over or underweight can cause difficulty conceiving. It can also affect the health of your baby. At Houston Fertility Center in Houston, TX, Dr. Sonja Kristiansen can refer you to a registered dietician who can provide you with necessary fertility nutrition information to help you become pregnant and experience a healthy pregnancy.
How Weight Impacts Fertility
Obesity can cause hormonal imbalances, leading to issues with ovulation and fertility. It is also closely associated with PCOS, one of the most common causes of infertility. Women who are obese are more likely to give birth to babies who will become overweight children and adults, increasing the risk for a number of health problems.
Nutrition has a direct influence on a woman’s reproductive health and overall wellbeing.
Being underweight – or having a body-mass index (BMI) under 18.5 – can also result in hormonal imbalances. This can have a negative impact on ovulation and the ability to conceive. It is not uncommon for underweight women to take more than 12 months to become pregnant.
Nutrition and Reproductive Health
Nutrition has a direct influence on a woman’s reproductive health and overall wellbeing. Her lifestyle habits can also have a direct impact on her family. If a woman becomes pregnant while at a healthy weight, she can decrease the chances of developing lifelong chronic diseases, and pass that benefit on to her baby. Overweight women who enter pregnancy not only put their babies at a greater risk of obesity, they also increase their own chances of developing diabetes or postpartum depression.