BMI, Fertility and Pregnancy
There are many factors which affect fertility and one of them is your BMI (body mass index, which is the ratio of your weight to your height). This may not be something you have previously considered as important, but when you have already taken the positive step to reduce stress levels to balance hormones by coming for fertility reflexology or other complementary treatments, it is useful for you to know what you can do for yourself to improve your chances of achieving your dream of becoming pregnant and having your baby.
Ideally, you want to aim for a BMI of 23 -25 to aid your optimal fertile state.
Being over or underweight for a woman means that the hormones controlling your menstrual cycle will be affected and this may affect whether or not you ovulate. For men being over or underweight can also have an effect on sperm health and production.
Research in the Netherlands showed that for every unit above 29, the chances of conception fell by 4%.
In order to be accepted for an IVF programme, your BMI needs to be between 19 - 30.
Your BMI has an impact during your pregnancy too, if you would like to give birth in an MLBU (midwifery led birthing unit), you will need to have a BMI of 40 or lower on admission at 37 weeks of pregnancy.
The good news is that you have the ability to improve this aspect of your health yourself, you may want to consult our nutritionist for professional advice and support so that you can optimise your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy.
Jane Sheehan trained as a nurse and has extensive experience working with women’s health issues. She is described as someone who radiates a sense of calm and relaxation. At Treat Jane offers Fertility Reflexology, Reflexology, and the M-Technique (a relaxation treatment which has described as physical hypnotherapy that encourages a very deep state of relaxation).