One of the steps I took on my own 10 year infertility journey was to pay close attending to my nutrition. This helped me by:
1. Finally losing the excess weight and getting into a healthy weight range to boost my fertility and be eligible for IVF.
2. Correcting nutritional deficiencies. Excessive dieting, stress, lack of sunlight and trying diets that didn't work for me like Keto and veganism had left me deficient in some nutrients which was impacting my fertility, energy levels and mood.
3. Getting my ratio of macro nutrients correct. For example I was usually eating to much or not enough carbs or protein and there were not enough anti-oxidant rich foods in my diets from plants or healthy fats for hormones. Making sure each meal was balanced was a key step I took to make sure I was getting enough protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats (macro nutrients) as well as the right type and amount of vitamins and minerals (micro nutrients). 4. Nutrition also played a big part in helping me balance hormones and regulate my cycle.
5. I was also over 35 by the time I did become pregnant so improving my nutrition led to a huge improvement in my egg quality and my partner's sperm quality as well. We noticed a correlation in our results over time.
I went on and did post grad university qualifications in nutrition during my fertility journey and am now a fertility nutritionist. I'll be posting more nutrition advice going forward as there is so much confusion about what is the best diet to follow when #ttc.
This is still my standard go to breakfast after having 2 babies. Eggs (protein), heaps of vegetables for low energy carbohydrates and nutrients and a healthy fat source in this case avocado. No more sugary breakfast cereals, toasts, jam, fruit juice or breakfast bars or cookies for me.
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