One of the main questions my patients have when they come to my office is: what is the best diet to optimize my chances of conception? I find that diet is one of the easiest ways you can actively participate in impacting your fertility outcome.
In our busy, stressful lives, we often overlook the core principles of health: nutrition, sleep, hydration and exercise. In New York City, it is particularly easy to skip meals and reach for processed foods once we are depleted. My biggest piece of advice would be to eliminate or start cutting back on sugar and processed foods, and to exercise more. Take advantage of living in a walking city and don’t let a sedentary lifestyle creep up on you. These are small changes you can make now that will yield huge health rewards in the future.
Everyone knows that once baby is on the way, a well-known world of dietary changes and prenatal supplements await you. But what about when we are trying to conceive? Are fertility supplements cleverly marketed placebos, or helpful remedies containing nutrients vital to conceiving and supporting a healthy pregnancy?
Infertility is an isolating experience. One of the hardest parts is seeing friends or loved ones conceive, while wondering if your own hopes for an unrealized family will come to fruition. Overwhelming emotions like shame and self-doubt are standard for a woman or couple experiencing fertility challenges.
Over the years, I’ve helped thousands of women detox their bodies in preparation for a healthy pregnancy. The transformations that take place can be life changing – as patients learn how to properly nourish themselves, a renewed sense of vigor and enthusiasm often follows. This incredible skill set will last not only the patients, but also their babies and families, a lifetime.
While historically we have considered infertility a woman’s cross to bear, the truth is that male factor infertility accounts for nearly 40 percent of all cases, with 50-60 percent attributed to a combination of male and female factors.
Angela seemed to float into my life at just the moment I needed her. After month upon failed month of trying to conceive while temping, charting and using Ovulation Predictor Kits, I was determined to heal my body (and put a baby in my belly while doing it!). My husband and I didn’t feel ready for traditional fertility treatments and were seeking a more natural alternative.