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Ozempic babies: Women claim weight loss drugs are making them more fertile – and experts agree

A new baby boom may occur.

Some women taking GLP-1 drugs such as Ozempic and Wegovy have reported unplanned pregnancies.

TikTok has coined the term “Ozempic baby,” with many women posting about their unexpected pregnancies.

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Among them is Deb Oliviara (@dkalslive), a Michigan mother who posted a video on February 16th announcing her “Ozempic pregnancy” with her boyfriend.

In a conversation with FOX News Digital, Olivia said her pregnancy “came as a complete surprise.”

Some women have reported unplanned pregnancies while taking Ozempic. (St. Petersburg)

“We recently moved into our dream home and got engaged,” she said. “We were enjoying our new life when we were surprised to have a baby.” [boy] It will arrive in October. ”

Oliviara has two children from a previous marriage and has been pregnant six times, including this one, but has experienced “unexplained fertility issues.”

“I had a loss in the first trimester, a loss in the second trimester, and a stillbirth,” she said. “Thankfully, this baby is very healthy.”

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Oliviala said her body changed with each pregnancy, which “reminded me of the loss.”

“I was training in the gym four to five days a week for two years,” she said. “I worked with health coaches and fitness coaches, but nothing helped.”[ing] Lose the last 20 pounds. ”

After her sister-in-law lost weight with Wegovy, Oliviala began her own GLP-1 journey, which ended when she discovered she was pregnant.

ozempic box

Photo of a box of Ozempic, an injectable anti-diabetic drug, at a pharmacy. “This is probably the main driver of the ‘Ozempic baby’ craze we’re suddenly seeing,” said one Massachusetts-based doctor. (Sebastian Bozon/AFP)

Dr. Angela Fitch, chief medical officer at Knowwell and president of the Obesity Medicine Society, acknowledged that the correlation between weight loss and fertility is “well known.”

“This is likely the primary driver of the ‘Ozempic baby’ boom we are suddenly seeing,” Massachusetts-based Fitch wrote in an email to Fox News Digital.

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“As physicians, it is our responsibility to highlight the unknowns and ensure that women take their contraceptive methods seriously, preferably using a long-acting reversible contraceptive method (LARC) such as an IUD. ‘ suggested the doctor.

Although the effects of these drugs on fertility have not been well studied, these drugs are known to “delay gastric emptying and affect the absorption of oral medications, including contraceptives,” according to Fitch. It is said that there is

pregnancy doula

One doctor suggested that the “main driver” of the Ozempic baby boom was the correlation between weight loss and fertility. (St. Petersburg)

Dr. Rachel McConnell, a fertility expert at the Columbia University Fertility Center in New York, said she hears about Ozempic’s pregnancy “all the time.”

“I think patients who are obese or overweight will do much better by trying to lose weight,” she told FOX News Digital. “And there’s a lot of research that supports that.”

“We recommend patients stop taking the medication for at least two to three months before attempting to conceive.”

McConnell said losing weight can also help regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle, and patients with obesity and conditions such as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) can get pregnant “much faster.” he pointed out.

Mr. McConnell agreed with Mr. Fitch’s view that GLP-1 may reduce the absorption of contraceptives.

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“Ozempic not only increases insulin and lowers blood sugar levels, but it also slows stomach emptying,” she says.

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Fitch says the potential for no adverse effects could be “life-changing for pregnancy-related diseases such as gestational diabetes,” but it’s unclear how GLP-1 affects babies.

McConnell added: “I think the reason we don’t know how safe these drugs are. [patients] The long-term effects are unknown, so care must be taken to avoid becoming pregnant while taking it. ”

Both doctors recommended the use of a “backup barrier,” or additional contraceptive pill, while taking GLP-1 drugs.

Women taking oral contraceptives

Experts say women on birth control may be at increased risk of becoming pregnant while taking GLP-1 drugs like Ozempic. (St. Petersburg)

McConnell said the general guideline is that pregnant women should not take Ozempic or other GLP-1s during pregnancy to prevent potential drug toxicity to the fetus.

“Due to the very long half-life of the drug, approximately five weeks, we recommend that patients stop taking the drug for at least two to three months before attempting to conceive.”

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Her mother, Oliviala, said she wished she had been able to wean herself from Ozempic instead of stopping suddenly “for the health of my baby”.

She said, “I experienced insatiable hunger. I tried to fight it by eating healthy, being active, and continuing the new healthy habits I created for myself.” . [while] With GLP-1. ”

Ozempic

It is unclear how GLP-1 affects infants, but the possibility of no adverse effects could be “life-changing for pregnancy-related diseases such as gestational diabetes,” the doctor said. (Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

The expectant mother said she gained 20 pounds back within the first three months of her pregnancy, which had a “significant impact” on her mental health.

“I also felt very uncomfortable physically,” she said. “Now that the drugs are out of my system, I feel like I can have a normal pregnancy again.”

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She added, “We’re just happy [the baby] He’s healthy even after a few losses.”

Oliviaa said she plans to start taking Ozempic again after the baby is born.

woman taking a pregnancy test

Doctors advised that patients should “try not to become pregnant” while taking these drugs, as side effects are unknown. (St. Petersburg)

“I think it’s important that people approach it recognizing that it’s a tool and use it as a tool,” she said. “It’s up to you to make lifestyle changes for long-term results.”

McConnell advised other GLP-1 patients to make a plan to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including eating well and exercising, once they stop taking these drugs.

One doctor cautioned patients that GLP-1 is for people who “actually need to lose weight” and should not be taken for fertility purposes.

The doctor also reminded patients that GLP-1 is intended for people who “actually need to lose weight” and should not be taken for reproductive purposes.

Novo Nordisk, the maker of Ozempic and Wegovy, created the Wegovy Pregnancy Registry to collect health data from women who take GLP-1 drugs during pregnancy.

Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk headquarters

Novo Nordisk, the maker of Ozempic and Wegovy, created the Wegovy Pregnancy Registry to collect health data from women who take GLP-1 drugs during pregnancy. (Liselotte Sabrow/Scanpix Denmark/AFP)

“The purpose of the Wegovy Pregnancy Registry is to help healthcare providers, patients, and researchers better understand the safety of Wegovy and other weight loss drugs during pregnancy,” the registry states.

“This study collects health information for pregnant women and their babies up to one year of age from the enrolled pregnant women themselves and from the health care providers involved in their care and the care of their babies.”

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Wegovy’s website states that the drug “may cause harm to an unborn child” and advises women to stop using it if they become pregnant.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Novo Nordisk for additional comment.

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