Today, I’m reviewing what things you can do with your diet and nutrition to optimize egg health.
Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have at birth. Every month, you lose a certain number of eggs regardless of whether you are TTC, pregnant, or going through fertility treatments. Women are always losing eggs until they run out, unlike men, who can re-generate sperm every few months. Honestly, the first time I heard this, I found it pretty depressing.
But ladies, there ARE things that we can do to optimize our egg health, particularly if you are doing fertility treatments. I personally found it empowering to make these diet changes when I was TTC because it felt like I had some control over how well we were able to do. There are many factors that play into success in a fertility treatment cycle, but why not consider doing these cheap/easy diet changes to optimize your chances of success?!
-Avoid fad diets like keto. Instead, stick to whole simple ingredients, like those found in a Mediterranean diet.
–Caffeine is ok. Just keep it in moderation (<2 cups of coffee/day)
-Consider eating organic produce
–Eat whole grains. You do not need to be gluten-free to optimize your fertility.
-Add tofu to your diet
-Avoid drinking sweetened beverages during a treatment cycle, particularly sodas.
Picture is of me giving a presentation last week to OBGYN providers about the importance of reviewing nutrition with our patients. Can you tell I LOVE talking about this issue?! It was my first time giving a talk term pregnant!