3.23.2009

The Fertility Diet

All of us infertiles (blah..I hate that word...when you look it up in the dictionary you get words like impoverished and exhausted. Can they be any more depressing, or are they closer to the truth than they know??) Let's use...reproductively challenged?

Oy...there really is nothing that makes infertility sound any better...

Anyway, so back to before the tangent...all of us "reproductively challenged" out there will do just about anything to increase our chances of fertility. Awhile ago, when I finally accepted that I needed more than just some romantic music and a piece of lingerie to get pregnant, my sister told me about an article she had read about diet and it's effects on fertility.

It's a study that was done by researchers from Harvard Medical School. They did an eight-year study involving more than 18,000 women, which is part of the Nurses' Health Study. They compiled a book which talks about 10 changes that you can make to your diet and lifestyle to improve fertility.

This is why it sounds appealing to me:
  • It offers a plan that improves ovulation and fertility.
  • It's NOT a fad DIET, it is a just a healthy eating style. It is good for the heart, bones, and the rest of the body.
  • It can keep me be healthy throughout my life and hopefully throughout a pregnancy or two (or MORE!)
  • Besides improving fertility, eating healthy has many other benefits.
  • It supposed to be more than just a bunch of wives tales and "how-to's" for getting pregnant.
  • I can still eat ice cream!
  • I can still use other reproductive medicines and technology while making the changes (diet and exercise)
The fertility diet is aimed towards those with ovulatory infertility, (which, "accounts for one quarter or more of all cases of infertility.") However, it will not work for infertility that may be due to physical barriers such as fallopian tube blockage, etc. It also did not include in the research any information about male factor infertilty. But, eating healthier can be beneficial for ANYONE right?

So, today I bought their book:
On the grounds that any chance to improve fertility will be beneficial. I'm starting the healthy lifestyles changes when it arrives. I need a bit of time to get rid of those Cheetos and Oreos, but, for heavens sakes...I'm not just going to throw them away!

I'll let you know how I like it.

5 comments:

MindySue said...

thowing away oreos is akin to cutting of ones own finger....why would you ever want to do it??!?!?!

Kate said...

Hey I joined the infertility blog world and have my own. Do you mind changing my family blog to my new one http://immaddysmom.blogspot.com/.

Thanks!

Kate said...

sorry I realized that you might not realize who I am . My blog is kendallandkaty. ;-)

Thanks!

MindySue said...

Laura, when you read this book, would you like to guest review it on Reading For Sanity??!?!?

Amy said...

So does this book include doing handstands to improve pregnancy potential?

Just joking. And yes, I've had several people tell me that doing handstands was their "secret" to getting pregnant. Wow--thanks for sharing.

I'm interested to see what you think about this book.