Obesity and Pregnancy: Couples in which both are overweight may take about 55% to 59% longer to reach pregnancy, as compared with non-obese partners, as claimed by a review of analysts at the National Institutes of Health.

“A considerable measure of studies on richness and body structure have concentrated on the female partner, yet our discoveries emphasized the significance of including both partners,” said Rajeshwari Sundaram, Ph.D., a senior specialist in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “Our outcomes likewise demonstrate that fertility specialists might need to consider couples’ body compositions when guiding patients.”

Researchers also calculated body mass index (BMI) for each participant, categorizing couples with obesity into two subgroups: obese class I (with a BMI from 30 to 34.9) and the most obese group, obese class II (a BMI of 35 or greater).

The researchers compared the average time to achieve a pregnancy among couples in the non- obese group (84 men and 228 women) to that of the couples in the obese class II group (75 men and 69 women).

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