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Underweight and Trying to Conceive


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My hubby and I have been married for 4 years and have been TTC #1 for almost 7 months.  I know that isn't really long in the grand scheme of things, but I haven't really had a cycle the entire time.  I went to the dr. and he put me on prometrium to kick start my cycle and he did some blood work.  When he read the results from the blood work he said, "Hmm, every thing is normal.  What is wrong with you?!"  Lovely.  I have been doing some research lately and found several articles that say you have to have a BMI of at least 19 to ovulate regularly.  I currently have a BMI of 17.8.  Sorry to be so long winded about this, but I feel completely helpless and I am growing more and more hopeless as the days go by. Cry  Just wondering if anyone has ever experienced anything like this--and if so, what did you do??

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I have one child he is 14months. After I had him I lost 20 lbs within 3 months. It was 20 lbs of baby weight and some of me on my already little body (107lb) and I lost my period too. But my doctor put me on progesterone for 4 days to start my period which it did 2 months later I got pregnant. But at 10 weeks I just had a miscarriage. But it is common 1 out of 5. And common with our 2nd child.  I am a healthy weight now and still counting cals but I am trying to get pregnant too. Everytime I think about wanting to lose more and more. I just gotta remember I want a baby more. Best of luck...just remember be true to yourself. Watch your cals keep them at a good number for you.
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Original Post by lep85:

My hubby and I have been married for 4 years and have been TTC #1 for almost 7 months. I know that isn't really long in the grand scheme of things, but I haven't really had a cycle the entire time. I went to the dr. and he put me on prometrium to kick start my cycle and he did some blood work. When he read the results from the blood work he said, "Hmm, every thing is normal. What is wrong with you?!" Lovely. I have been doing some research lately and found several articles that say you have to have a BMI of at least 19 to ovulate regularly. I currently have a BMI of 17.8. Sorry to be so long winded about this, but I feel completely helpless and I am growing more and more hopeless as the days go by. Cry Just wondering if anyone has ever experienced anything like this--and if so, what did you do??


I swear you are me.  That is my exact story!  I don't know about the BMI thing, but I wasn't ovulating either (or at least I don't think so - didn't have a period).  I first thought it was going off birth control that messed me up (I've heard it sometimes takes a few months for your body to regulate itself).  I was apparently underweight at that time too (actually I think my body fat was just to low).   But, like you, the blood test showed everything was normal.  I since starting eating more fats (mostly pb and milk), cut back on exercise, and have gained about 10lbs over the past few months (which was much needed).  I just got my period last week for the first time since last August.  :)  I think my body finally trusts me again.  Good luck!

Yeah. It sounds like you just need to gain some weight. Your body needs to be at a healthy weight and have a bit of body fat to carry that baby.

Best of luck! :)
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Have you tried gaining a bit of weight? Are you eating lots of healthy dietary fat?

If you were on the pill, it can take time for your body to reajust.  It took me a year after quitting the pill to concieve my first and I wasn't underweight.  Just relax and let it happen. 

Gaining a bit wouldn't be a bad idea either.  Pregnancy puts a strain on your body and it will need extra resources.  Eat healthy and eat lots of protien.  That seems to help stave off morning sickness.

Hi there, I just gained 30lbs to raise my bodyfat so I could conceive.  I went a little overboard but my body fat was at 12% and I wasn't getting a period and neither prometrium nor the pill could induce a period with my body fat so low.  It was hard to purposly gain weight, but I just kept thinking for a baby, for a baby, and honestly it was fun and tasty to gain the weight.  I've had my period back for 3 months now and we will attempt conception this month. 

Good Luck to you!

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