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Will being overweight hamper conception?

Q: I am 24 years old with a height of 5 feet 7 inches. I am quite obese from school, before my menstrual cycle started. I do not have any problems with my cycle, they are regular but I pass those 3 days with much pain. I got married two years back and we are now planning for kids and inspite of me doing all sorts of exercises and resorting to other means like joining slimming parlours, I am not reducing much. Whatever I reduce, I gain it back. After marriage I became more obese and now I am weighing around 98 kgs. Also, I have had thyroid tests done and other related tests. Everything is normal. I am ok with all other things, but I am tensed that I may not be able to conceive. Please let me know if I can conceive? Is it necessary to lose weight before conceiving?

A:Your are definitely obese. This is bad for your health, besides hampering your conception. Also, it is not good to be pregnant with this weight. I suggest you first consult an endocrinologist, and also a gynaecologist. Only after a thorough physical examination and appropriate investigations can you be told regarding chances of conception. But I repeat, weight loss is a must before pregnancy- otherwise, you will invite numerous serious complications during pregnancy, which will be bad for you as well as the baby's health.

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