Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Obese women less likely to become pregnant

  • Comment

Obese women could be 28% less likely to become pregnant than their healthy counterparts, US scientists have found.

Barbara Luke, a professor at Michigan State University, also claims obesity impacts upon the chance of a successful birth, with as many as 14% of obese women investigated experiencing difficulties during pregnancy.

Her team looked at the effect increasing BMI had on a woman’s ability to become pregnant using assisted reproductive technology and how obesity affects pregnancy outcomes, with the results then being compared to women with a normal BMI.

Ms Luke said the results were “not surprising”.

“Obesity is a state of inflammation and is not a good environment for conception or foetal development, once you become pregnant, the baby is developing in that environment. The key message is to lose weight, prior to conception, and focus on pre-conception health issues.”

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.