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Overweight, planning for kid. Do I need to reduce my weight? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jul-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hello Doctor
User:I have registered for the parent to be program of XXXXXXX as I am planning for a kid
User:my concern is I am overweight, do I need to reduce my weight before starting anything?
Doctor:Overweight can cause menstrual irregularities. This may sometimes interfere with ovulation and chances of pregnancy.
Doctor:Besides that, it is essential that you check your blood sugar (as over weight can be related to high blood sugar).
Doctor:If sugars are high it needs to be controlled.
User:no my blood sugar level is normal, recently I checked
Doctor:Apart from these 2, there are no real hard disadvantages of being over weight (in relation to conceiving and pregnancy);
Doctor:however it is always better to shed extra bit of weight for the following 2 reasons.
Doctor:1. Over weight can make you feel more exhausted during delivery (no clinical evidence sited).
Doctor:2. Pregnancy and following delivery, the hormonal changes are known to increase weight further.
Doctor:So you may tend add more weight that what it is currently during and after delivery.
Doctor:Hence start now to shed weight and plan for pregnancy (if you are ok to wait for some more time).
Doctor:Am I clear?
User:Yes I got you. Just for my knowledge : as of now I do not see any menstrual irregularities as I get my period on time every month without any discomfort, but not sure about ovulation
Doctor:If your periods are regular and normal, I do not suspect problems with ovulation.
Doctor:It is good to know that your sugars are checked.
Doctor:You can also get your thyroid levels checked and treat if there is any abnormalities.
User:ok but other cause I should reduce weight. Right?
User:I also checked my thyroid as well, its normal
Doctor:If you were to be my patient, I would recommend you to lose weight and then plan for pregnancy if there is no hurry.
Doctor:Do you have any other questions?
User:no thats it. Thanks for your valuable consultation.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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