If you’re trying to have a baby, you just might need to push that next helping of cake away. That’s what the surprising research from the Harvard School of Public Health explains in a new study. The study was presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual conference in Hawaii. The study found that women – regardless of their size – who dropped 11 pounds conceived faster than did those who remained the same weight.
One of the surprising findings was that women who were already slim also benefited from the weight loss. Researchers Audrey Gaskins admits that it isn’t clear who weight loss helps women who were already slim.
Now, the waiting time for conception wasn’t enormously different for those who lost weight and those who didn’t. Women who lost weight took two and a half months to get pregnant, while those who didn’t lose weight took three months.
They did find that women who put on weight certainly had a longer wait time to become pregnant – the average women who put on more than three stones took more than four months to get pregnant, rather than the typical three.
The analysis was based on the data of 1950 women aged 19 to 40.
As Professor Lewis of Queen’s University Belfast said about the study, “A healthy lifestyle improves everything in our lives. It reduces our risk of disease and reduces our risk of infertility. What is good for your body is good for fertility.”