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  • How Does Being Overweight Affect Fertility?

    Being overweight affects fertility in many different ways. If you are overweight, you are more likely to have problems like irregular periods or anovulation. Women who are overweight or obese are also more likely to suffer from PCOS, making it harder for them to get pregnant. Larissa Belanger at Pregnancytips says, "being overweight can cause women to produce too much estrogen, and in turn can make it harder for them to get pregnant. Losing even 5 or 10 pounds can make it easier for an overweight woman to conceive."

    IVF is also less successful in overweight women. Once you do get pregnant, being overweight can cause complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and gestational hypertension. Being overweight also makes miscarriage, premature labor, and cesarean sections more likely.[...]

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  • Can I Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding?

    The general consensus is that getting pregnant while breastfeeding is possible, but more difficult. That is because after giving birth, according to Conceiveeasy, a woman’s menstrual cycle does not return and she does not begin ovulating right away. In fact, the longer a woman exclusively breastfeeds, the longer it can be before her periods return to normal. Getting pregnant while breastfeeding can be done, if you know what to do.

    The main thing to remember is that you can’t get pregnant until your ovulation returns, and your ovulation will not return until you “trick” your body into thinking that you are not breastfeeding. So, once your baby starts sleeping through the night and you can go six or more hours without breastfeeding, your periods will likely return. Also, supplementing with formula or solid foods can[...]

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