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Nervous and impatient!
Babycravingcrazy posted:
So I am 28 years old, married, and have a beautiful, amazing 2 year old son, but I've already got the itch for another! The problem is, since the birth of my son, I've gained weight, and have very irregular periods. This same problem was an issue when I was younger, but after taking birth control for about a year, I evened out, lost weight, and maintained regular cycles; hence, the conception of my son. Does this mean that I have to go on birth control again? I hate the thought of taking birth control, when what I really WANT is to become pregnant! I do still have cycles, but they are spaced about 8 to 10 weeks apart!

Is there something I can do to lose the extra weight fast and regulate my periods again, without the birth control pills?

What causes this to happen?

impatient and confused
mrs62610 responded:
If you are TTC then losing weight quickly isn't necessarily a good thing. I would call your dr and tell them about your irregular periods and see what they can do for you. You may not be ovulating regularly and they can fix that. Hope that helps! Good luck!
Me-24 DH-37 TTC 1 for 16 months. 3 rounds of Clomid, BFN's. 3rd cycle of Femara, Ovidrel, LP Progesterone. Added IUI this time. Blood test 9/18!
Joel Bernstien, MD responded:
It sounds like the weight gain has led to you not ovulating. If you were ovulating at a lighter weigh, I would suggest diet and exercise. Programs like Weight Watchers have been the best for my patients.

Certainly your doctor can get you to ovulate with medications; however, if you are not at your most healthy weight then your pregnancy may be more complicated.

I agree with the other responder that you should speak with your doctor. But in the interim, commit to weight loss with super healthy eating and exercise. With losing as little as 5-10% of your weight you will most likely start ovulating again.

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