A healthy diet will increase your chances of conceiving and help to support a successful pregnancy. Bottom Line: before – during – after your treatment procedure, you can make the most out of your fertility diet. You must be proactive in sustaining your overall health and think about what you’re eating. Why is this important? Nutrition and optimal fertility go hand-in-hand.
Fertility Diet Tips During Treatment
- Low-sodium canned or frozen veggies
- Herbs and spices instead of salt
- Lemon juice, citrus zest, or hot chilies for extra flavor and no sodium
- Canned fruits packed in juice or water – not syrup
- Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
- Healthy vegetable oils instead of butter
- Half wheat and half white flour
- Puree sweet potatoes, carrots, or cauliflower and keep in freezer for easy use in soups and casseroles
- Instead of alcohol – infuse cranberries, pomegranate arils, or orange slices into sparkling water
Fertility Diet Importance
Today, more women in their 30s and 40s are wanting to become first-time moms than their 20-something counterparts. What’s the real story? A Nurses’ Health Study found that women who followed a fertility diet had a 66 percent lower risk of ovulatory dysfunction. The participants in this study followed a recommended fertility diet.
- Plant-based foods
- Protein-rich foods
- Healthy fats
- A bit of full-fat dairy products
The DASH Diet
A fertility diet – known as the DASH Diet can improve your health, lower your BMI, and reduce your risk of PCOS. The DASH Diet – Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – is a low-calorie diet helping to increase fertility in women. Women adhering to the DASH Diet can reduce BMI at a higher rate than those on a typical low-calorie diet.
DASH Diet Recent Study
A recent 12 week study of women on the DASH Diet by Kashan University of Medical Sciences resulted decreased anti-Mullerian hormone. The women studied were suffering from PCOS and high BMI – obesity. The findings of the study show that the DASH Diet improves metabolic profile, BMI in PCOS.
DASH Diet Can Improve Fertility
The DASH Diet emphasizes:
- Portion size
- Eating a variety of foods
- Getting the right amount of nutrients
The DASH Diet contains the same components of a regular low-calorie diet
- 52% to 55% carbohydrates
- 16% to 18% protein
- 30% total fats
In addition, the DASH Diet is rich in:
- Whole Grains
- Low-Fat Dairy Products
The DASH Diet is:
- Low in Saturated Fats
- Low in Cholesterol
- Low in Refined Grains
- Low in Sweets
This low-calorie DASH Diet results in beneficial effects by reducing the harmful effects of the following in women suffering from PCOS and obesity:
- Insulin Metabolism
- Free Androgen Index
- Anti-Mullerian Hormone
- Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin
- Nitic Oxide
Nutrition and Fertility
Nutrition plays an essential role in improving the chances of conception and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Diet matters greatly before pregnancy and solidifies healthy eating habits during pregnancy. Make sure you take your vitamin supplements containing folic acid.
A Healthy Body Mass Index (BMI)
A healthy body weight and diet is essential to increasing your chances of becoming pregnant. Strive to achieve and maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI) to keep your reproductive cycle in balance. A BMI of 19 to 24 indicates a healthy weight. Anything above 24 or below 19 may be hindering your chances of ovulation and conception.
Plan of Action to Get Pregnant
Make an appointment with a fertility specialist for a thorough reproductive examination and preliminary assessment of your reproductive health. Why does this matter? Up to 34 percent of infertility cases are due to structural issues with a woman’s reproductive system. At New Hope Fertility Center, both female and male patients undergo a complete fertility assessment to evaluate their reproductive health.
The good news! Flagging any potential medical cause of infertility is the quick and cost-effectively help you get pregnant over the summer. Once the problem is identified, great strides toward a pregnancy can be made through a customized treatment plan.
Pregnancy Plan of Action for You
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience to accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility and design a customized treatment plan meeting your specific personal needs.
- Timed Intercourse with medical assistance
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Conventional IVF
- Natural Cycle IVF™
- Needle-Free IVF
To schedule your initial consultation with one of the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.