Weight loss improves menstrual regularity, ovulation, fertility, and the success of IVF. Research has shown overweight women who lose 5% or more of their body weight were nearly 5 times more likely to have a baby in the following four years, either through IVF or spontaneously, compared with those didn't achieve the weight loss.
Unfortunately, yes. Being overweight during pregnancy increases the risk of various pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, infection, thrombosis, sleep apnoea, being overdue, labour problems (including interfering with the effectiveness of epidurals), needing a caesarean section, and chance of pregnancy loss. Compared to women in the healthy weight range, the chance of a live birth with IVF is reduced by 9% in women who are overweight and 20% in women who are obese
Yes. Weight is an important consideration for either partner while trying to conceive. Studies have suggested
that a gain of 10kg decreases male fertility by approximately 10%. Research has also shown males with a BMI over 30 have a lower sperm quality as obesity changes the physical and molecular structure of sperm cells
. If you and your partner would like to make some healthy changes together, please enquire about our 10% partner discount.