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How much can weight effect your ability to get pregnant?

By July 24, 2009 - 10:24pm
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I am 32 and have had 2 very healthy 9lb babies (10 & 4 yrs old). I weighed 110 when I got pregnant the first time, around 150 the second time.
Last June I got pregnant but it ended up being a "blighted ovum" at around 12 weeks. :(
The Doctor that I saw made a comment that kinda stuck in my head. He said something to the effect of how hard it is to get the exam outer/inner done very well with over weight patients. I think this comment was made after I sighed because of the amount of pressure he was using to do the exam. Anyway, it stuck in my head. I have ended up blaming myself for losing the baby because of my weight. Which has only made me gain more. I now weigh around 210. My whole goal this past year was to lose weight before I got pregnant again, that hasn't gone very well. How much can my being over weight effect me getting pregnant?

Ps I never had any complications with my other 2 pregnancies. And we really haven't been trying hard to get pregnant, but are trying now. I only have the last 2 or 3 periods to go by. My cycle seems to be between 30-35 days long.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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Hi Mict1g2,

The comment that your doctor made was extremely rude and uncalled for. Even if it is particularly difficult for him to get an exam done on an overweight patient, ethically speaking, it should've been kept to himself. I am so sorry you had to experience that.

As far as what happened to you-- sometimes doctors do a poor job at explaining certain medical issues unless you press for answers, which can in turn lead to confusion. A blighted ovum is when your fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall but the embryo does not develop. In an ultrasound, a sac is found but the embryo is not.

Blighted Ovums are the cause of about 50% of first trimester miscarriages and normally the result of chromosomal problems. A woman’s body recognizes abnormal chromosomes in a fetus and naturally does not try to continue the pregnancy because the fetus will not develop into a normal, healthy baby. This can be caused by abnormal cell division, or poor quality sperm or egg.

The cause for a blighted ovum, or any other miscarriage form for that matter, is usually not weight related alone. The primary obstacle is usually ovulation. If a physician suggests or implies that you will end fertility problems simply by losing weight you should seek a second opinion because even if weight is an issue, it is not something that medications cannot work around.

Here are two great sites with more information on a blighted ovum and being overweight while trying to conceive.


July 25, 2009 - 6:40am
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