With the first day of spring having arrived, so too has National Fertility Week.

It is held from the 1 – 7 September ever year by the ‘Your Fertility’ project.

This year’s focus is on the impact that being overweight can have on fertility, pregnancy health, and the health of a child.

Is this you?

It is estimated that more than half of Australian women and men of reproductive age are overweight or obese.

Recent research shows that children born to overweight mothers are at increased risk of future childhood and adult obesity, and all its associated health risks.

Women who are overweight or obese also have less chance of getting pregnant overall. They are more likely than women of healthy weight to take more than a year to get pregnant, and are more than twice as likely to have a miscarriage.

Being underweight can also reduce a woman’s fertility. It can cause hormone imbalances that affect ovulation and therefore a woman’s chance of getting pregnant.

So what can you do?

Maintain a healthy weight to boost your fertility.

Did you know that a weight loss of around 5 – 10% can improve your fertility and the chance of conceiving?

A small weight loss can make a real difference.

If you are planning to get pregnant in the next year or few years, healthy eating and regular exercise can boost your fertility.

Want some help?

Our previous post has some ideas on how to get started, including a blog post on how to eat more mindfully.

If you would like further information on weight and fertility, visit www.yourfertility.org.au which shares evidence-based information.

‘Your Fertility’ gives Australians the facts they need to make informed and timely decisions about their reproductive health, so that every Australian who wants children has the best chance to have a healthy baby.

Upcoming lecture:

There is a ‘Parenting begins before conception’ lecture at the Alfred Hospital on Thursday 3 September from 6pm with Professor Sarah Roberston.

This lecture will reveal NEW research on how lifestyle decisions during pre-conception and pregnancy can have a lasting impact on the health of a child.

We hope you enjoyed this post and until next time, wish you all great health and wellbeing.

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