Fertility Diet, Anyone?


When a friend of mine discovered a fibroid the size of an orange harboring in her uterus last year, she started on a fairly hard-core, uber-healthy diet. She even changed her source of drinking water. Her hope was that careful, thoughtful and most importantly, more natural eating might potentially decrease its size.

Of course, the diet started with the fibroid, but she’s also in her mid-30s and concerned about her fertility, so she kept it up even after the growth had to be surgically removed–an ordeal in and of itself. She’s big on reading and the type who does her homework, and I think this was her way of taking matters into her own hands.

And more power to her. When it comes to matters of health and especially fertility (does anyone else loathe the term “biological clock”?), we have little choice but to feel out of control. And though there’s no sure-fire bet that “a” will lead to “b,” maybe a lifestyle change is the thing to keep our heads from spinning off our shoulders—the thing to make us feel like we’re doing something.

We all know the woman who’s a total exception, but scientists have confirmed that good eating can bump up your chances of having a baby. Here’s a breakdown on diet from a recent Babble post on Lifestyle and Fertility:

It’s not an old wives tale — what you eat can really affect your chances of getting pregnant. One of the biggest studies to examine the role of diet in fertility was conducted by Harvard researchers in 2007. After studying almost 18,000 women and asking about their dietary day-to-day, the scientists did indeed find a pattern of eating that seemed to boost baby-making potential. For example, moms with the lowest risk of difficulties getting pregnant ate fewer trans fats and sugars, more protein from veggies instead of animals, more fiber and iron, and consumed more high-fat dairy products than low-fat ones. The pattern held for women regardless of age.

Read the rest of fertility-affecting lifestyle factors here, but remember her sage advice: “Stay informed, but don’t make yourself crazy with the details.”

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