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Get Pregnant Naturally – How Does Diet and Weight Affect Fertility?

If you’ve done any research about enhancing fertility, you’ve undoubtedly heard that being overweight can affect fertility.  But did you know that being overweight doesn’t just affect women’s fertility, it also can affect men by lowering their sperm count and lowering the quality of their sperm.  Worst of all, if you do succeed in getting pregnant, being overweight can affect you baby’s future fertility.

What does diet have to do with fertility? I've read that approximately 60% of American adults are overweight and children aren't far behind. If you ever travel to other countries, you start looking around and wonder, "Hmmmm...where are all the fat people?" But that might not be for long. As other countries get more "Americanized", they are seeing their rates of obesity climb. I've read that it's almost "trendy" to eat American fast food in other countries.

If you've done any reading about enhancing fertility you've undoubtedly heard that being overweight can affect fertility for both women and men. But now, were finding out that even if you do succeed in getting pregnant, you might hurt your baby's future fertility. As reported by BBC News ,recent studies have shown that overweight mothers may have babies who grow up to have irregular periods and possibly be prone to PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) which may cause infertility in women.

Men’s fertility may also be affected by being overweight. Also reported by the BBC News, Obese men may have lower sperm counts and lower quality sperm (lower quality sperm may also lead to a higher miscarriage rate).

When I started my all natural journey to pregnancy, I completely changed how and what I ate (which I describe in detail in my book). I'm glad I did because I still eat just as healthy now and I know that I will never have a weight problem. As a matter of fact, I currently weigh two pounds less than before I got pregnant (one of my biggest fears about getting pregnant was that I would never lose the weight). I realize all those "bad" foods are quite tasty, but once you starting eating fruits and vegetables daily, you start to prefer them. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but compared to the general population in America, I eat pretty darn good.

Give it a try. Your baby will thank you.

Copyright © 2006 Sandy Robertson

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Sandy Robertson is the author of “You Can Get Pregnant Over 40, Naturally”. She is a stay-at-home mom who also writes and teaches part-time at a local community college. She has volunteered for her local infertility organization as the women’s support group leader and continues to speak to women and couples struggling with infertility and miscarriage.

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