Women who are trying to get pregnant and also trying to lose weight are bound to have many questions about the safety of their diet, and how their weight impacts their chances of conceiving. Most of the time, dieting while trying to conceive is absolutely safe. Starvation diets or weight loss diets that exclude whole food groups are not a good idea, but that holds true for any woman not just those of us who are trying to have a baby.
The best approach to weight loss is limiting your calories to a healthy amount, but also making sure you get enough. The quality of calories you consume is, as always, much more important than how many you get in each day. Gradual weight loss one or two pounds a week is better, and more likely to remain off, then sudden weight loss.
If you are obese, or if you suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, your weight may actually prevent you from getting pregnant. In these cases, it may be wise to hold off trying for a baby until you are at a healthier weight. This can be achieved with the help of a doctor or dietitian if you have not seen results on your own. For PCOS sufferers especially, weight loss can seem like Mission Impossible. Some women with PCOS are actually prescribed weight loss medications to help them reach a healthy weight, which in turn boosts their fertility.
Being at a healthy weight when you go into a pregnancy encourages a healthy pregnancy: Women who are at a good weight have less chance of developing pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, which can be very dangerous.