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Trying to Conceive

Are you plus size and trying to conceive? Within this resource, you’ll find support throughout your journey. We explore topics like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and share fertility stories.

For those who are plus size and trying to conceive, getting support if you’re struggling with fertility can be incredibly frustrating. Often plus size women are told by their care provider that they must lose a significant amount of weight before they receive any fertility testing or medication. Many fertility clinics have BMI restrictions.

While studies show a weight loss of even 5% – 10% can increase your success rate with getting pregnant, it isn’t the only solution. Weight is not the only reason people of size have infertility. It’s important to know that rapid weight loss, in an unhealthy manner, can harm fertility. Working with a size-friendly health care provider from conception to postpartum is critical. Below you’ll receive a free guide on how to connect with a size-friendly health care provider when you sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Some women have found the book, Taking Charge of Your Fertility, to be extremely beneficial in helping to have a better understanding of how their body works. As well as how to track fertility. If you’re struggling with nutrition, consider connecting with a nutritional therapist or an organization like Be Nourished.

Below are some additional helpful resources. Most importantly be kind to yourself and have fun trying!

Advice

Treat your body as if you’re already pregnant! By doing this you’ll be nourishing your body in a healthy manner and preparing your body for pregnancy. It makes sense both physically and emotionally. Let’s break down what acting like you’re already pregnant means with these 5 tips.

PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine (hormone) disorders and is a leading cause of female infertility. PCOS can cause irregular periods, weight gain, depression, mood swings, acne, excess facial and body hair growth, and ironically, hair loss.

Beyond Weight

For plus size women, there’s often a lot more to infertility than just weight. Dr. Morgan Sheridan, a chiropractor in Colorado, talks about her approach to fertility by looking at the woman as a whole – not just her weight.

Plus Size Trying to Conceive Stories & Articles

Should You Lose Weight Prior to Pregnancy?

You are planning to be the healthiest host you can be for your future baby. Recommendations about what you should do to accomplish this are everywhere, and there is one that can really raise anxiety: Lose weight first.

TTC and the BMI Myth – Let’s Talk about It!

The BMI myth is when women are led to believe that they shouldn’t become pregnant unless their BMI is under a certain number. I’ll never forget the conversation I had with my OB-GYN when I wanted to start a family.

Plus Size Women PCOS Stories and Resources

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine (hormone) disorders and is a leading cause of female infertility. The condition is caused by an imbalance of a woman’s female sex hormones. It affects as many as 10-15% of women of all women, and half of women with PCOS actually are undiagnosed.

My Big Fat Negative

It took me and my husband six months to conceive our son.  In the beginning, when we made the decision to start “trying,” it was fun.  You know, as sex with your partner should be: lips entangled, legs flailing, and a little slice of heaven.  As the months went by it...

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