Weight & Fertility
Obesity (BMI over 30) decreases a woman’s fertility, increases the chance of miscarriage, and increases the chance of premature birth with all of its associated risks for the baby. The most prominent effect occurs when the BMI is over 35. Even with a successful birth, the odds of delivering before 32 weeks (quite premature) increase by 25% when the BMI is over 30. That risk doubles to 50% when the BMI is over 35. Such early delivery can lead to a marked increase in the chance of the newborn not surviving or having very significant health problems or permanent disabilities.
If your BMI is over 35, we generally recommend weight loss before attempting conception. A daily brisk walk plus 200 fewer calories each day can result in losing 30 pounds per year. Vigorous exercise does not appear to reduce fertility in obese women.
Mindfulness & Meditation
Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life. Mindfulness is an act of self-compassion because it means to be open to the reality of the present moment, and allow all thoughts, feelings, and sensations to enter our awareness without avoidance or resistance. We need to be able to acknowledge when we’re suffering in order to “be” with our pain long enough to respond with care and kindness.
Even when you have pain in your heart, you can enjoy the wonders of life through mindfulness. Mindfulness is a practice – to be entirely present in the simple wonders of everyday life: present to a sound, a sight, a touch. I recommend noticing simple things throughout the day – things that are always present in our life no matter what is going on – the sky, the plants and animals, the tree branches moving in the wind. Eckhart Tolle writes, “Many poets and sages throughout the ages have observed that true happiness – the joy of Being – is found in simple, seemingly unremarkable things.
Additional Wellness & Fertility Information
Fertility Treatments and Your Lifestyle
The lifestyle you lead directly affects your fertility. From making healthy lifestyle choices to supplementing your intake of important nutrients, here are some key steps you can take outside the clinic to improve and maintain your chances of becoming pregnant.
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