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Underweight Women More Likely to Miscarry

Underweight Women More Likely to Miscarry

Women who are underweight before they become pregnant are 72 % more likely to have a miscarriage in the first three months of pregnancy, according to a study from the London school of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

The study involved more than 6,600 women, aged 18-55. In this same study it was found that underweight women can significantly reduce their risk of miscarriage in the first trimester by about 50% by taking supplements with folate and iron and by eating a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables.
Medical News Today, Dec 2006


This is something that is affecting a lot of women, myself included. For some it can be hard to keep weight on due to an extremely active metabolism, stress, or not eating the correct diet. There are a couple of reasons this affects the fertility of women who are underweight. Women with low body fat do not have enough fat to produce the correct amounts of hormones, especially progesterone, to sustain a healthy pregnancy, amongst other functions of the body.

How do you know if you are too skinny?
You can find out if you are underweight by finding out your Body Mass Index. I am 5’4″ and my BMI was 18.4. That is just under the minimum. If I gained 1# I would be in the healthy range. My weight fluctuates 2-3 lbs. I can lose quicker than I can gain, so I have to watch that I am eating Nutrient Dense Foods to keep my body healthy.

What can you do?
There are a couple of things you can do to increase your weight in a healthy way:

  • Eat a nutrient dense diet
  • Eat coconut oil
  • Eat grass-fed butter
  • Have food with you at all times to prevent from going without a meal
  • Eat 6 meals a day that are complete.
  • If you are underweight eating the Nutrient Dense Fertility Diet is going to be of utmost importance to you and also being a wholefood multivitamin.

    Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN
    Dr. Christine Traxler M.D., OB/GYN

    Dr. Traxler is a University-trained obstetrician/gynecologist, working with patients in Minnesota for over 20 years. She is a professional medical writer; having authored multiple books on pregnancy and childbirth; textbooks and coursework for medical students and other healthcare providers; and has written over 1000 articles on medical, health, and wellness topics.  Dr. Traxler attended the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences and University of Minnesota Medical School,  earning a degree in biochemistry with summa cum laude honors in 1981,  and receiving her Medical Doctorate degree (MD) in 1986.

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