Clean eating and your fertility

I know from running support groups that there’s a lot of interest in the idea of ‘clean eating’ and fertility – and the recent Fertility Network UK patient survey showed that 75% of respondents had changed their diets because of their fertility problems.

Of course, it makes sense to eat healthily if you are having difficulty getting pregnant or going through treatment – it is good for you, it makes you feel better about yourself and you really wouldn’t want to be living on beer and chips. However, so many fertility patients I see are on diets that can start to feel incredibly restrictive, and that may not be a good thing.

I always remember interviewing someone who’d been following a strict diet for her fertility who said she suddenly realised it was making her really miserable and dominating her life. She concluded that actually being happy was probably more important than not ever eating a biscuit or drinking a cup of tea (builders as opposed to herbal of course).

I think she was absolutely right. There is nothing worse than feeling constantly guilty. I have seen people who end up blaming themselves for their fertility problems because they like ice cream or having a glass of wine when they are out with friends. These things in moderation are really not going to stop you getting pregnant. This article from The Spectator may be of interest!

What to eat to boost your fertility

800px-Picture_of_fruit_and_vegetablesOver the years, I’ve come across all kinds of strange advice about what you should and shouldn’t be eating to get pregnant – and particularly during the two week wait. I’m often asked for dietary advice, and what people really want is a list of super fertility foods which will hugely boost their chances of getting pregnant. There’s certainly no shortage of advice about this but some of it is completely contradictory – so should you drink masses of milk or avoid dairy foods altogether? And there’s no end of conflicting advice about pineapples and which bits you should eat and which you should avoid.

That’s why this article by nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed is so welcome as it is full of sensible practical advice and focuses on the things that actually will make a difference rather than those which probably won’t.