What to Do / Start Getting Right to Improve Your Chances of Falling Pregnant
BMI (Body Mass Index) – You should maintain an ideal body mass index to optimize your chance of falling pregnant. Being underweight or overweight can cause subfertility.
Calculated as follows:To calculate your BMI yourself, the BMI equation is:
Underweight – If you do excessive exercise you can become underweight and therefore cause decrease in your fertility rate. If your BMI <20, you are potentially underweight. If you fall in this category, you should see your doctor to confirm this and work out why it is happening to you. One of the most common reasons is excessive exercise. You should reduce the amount of exercise that you do. You should lesson 5 hours of exercise per week.
Overweight – When you are overweight, your hormones can become abnormal. Being overweight can cause your body to produce too much insulin.
This is called Hyperinsulinemia.
Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas. Insulin metabolizes carbohydrates in food to produce sugars, which give you energy, or to store glucose for future use.
Being overweight might cause excess androgen (testosterone – male hormone) production. This rise in turn affects ovulation by affecting the hypothalamus and pituitary gland dynamics.
The hypothalamic gland and pituitary glands are important parts in your brain that regulates your ovary function. It is like the “body clock”.
If your BMI is greater than 30, your success rate with fertility treatment will be reduced. This is because your egg quality deteriorates and your endometrium (lining of the womb/uterus) becomes less receptive to the embryo implanting in you.
Being overweight can also increase your chance of miscarriages.