Too Thin


We have seen the research that suggests that overweight women often struggle to become pregnant. But how about women that are too thin? Do they struggle to conceive as well?

The answer is………………yes!

Interestingly, when women are too thin, the brain makes the body believe that it does not have enough estrogen and body fat needed to become pregnant. The domino effect is then the brain doesn’t send the hormone GnRH to the pituitary gland, which keeps the pituitary gland from providing the hormones necessary stimulating the follicles which are needed for releasing the eggs…….

In fact a recent study found that if women have a BMI lower than 19, it could take them 4 times longer to get pregnant than those in the normal BMI range.

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Thanks for your comment about "using "thin" the wrong way." Ive always been naturally thin my whole life and just turned 30 a few weeks ago. I eat healthy and workout 3 times a week. I havent tried to have children yet but would like to in the next few years. This article is the kind of half truth misinformation that needs to be stopped.

Anonymous — Oct 15, 2010
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Hello -
I am a very thing gal and the amount of mis-information out there about weight is astounding!
Being thin does NOT make you have difficulty getting pregnant - being too thin for unnatural reasons (such as drug use, dieting, malnutrition, extreme sports, etc) can make you have difficulty. If you are thin and healthy, i.e. you have regular periods and regular ovulation, your thinness does not hamper your bodies ability to conceive.
Stop scaring people using "thin" the wrong way.
Many cultures across the world have a much thinner and smaller frame than the standard BMI and have large families.

Anonymous — Sep 17, 2010
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