Overweight and obese women are often told to lose weight in order to improve their fertility. They are told to eat less and exercise more with the focus on losing 10% of their body weight.
They leave doctor’s offices feeling ashamed, frustrated and angry. Do these doctor’s believe that they’ve never tried that before?
We want to let these women know that they can stop focusing on the weight loss part and just focus on the exercise part.
A study published in Reprod Biomed Online, July 2014 found that obese women who exercised regularly before IVF and ICSI had not only higher pregnancy rates but also higher live birth rates.
What’s key here is that it wasn’t that these women exercised and lost weight, because they didn’t. They had a stable BMI – their weight didn’t change!!
This is so empowering for these women – they can stop weighing themselves and just move their bodies. If they move, they are successful. Nice.
Please share this with anyone you know who needs to hear this. Give these women hope and action.
Yours in health,
Dr. Kerri Fullerton ND & Dr. Whitney Young ND