Sunday, March 1, 2009

i need your help

so i've been doing some thinking...
and i need your help.
i'm researching links between infertility (in otherwise healthy women) and lowfat/low protein diets.
i'll post more about the conception of the idea later, but i want to hear from you and your friends. i'm not exactly publishing this in a science journal or anything, but if we can help ourselves and our sisters, i think it's worth it. so please, pose this question on your blog as well and let's see where the answers lead us.

the question(s):

have you had trouble conceiving, or had miscarriages, at any time in your life? what was (is) your diet like during this time?
if you have had no problem conceiving, please tell us what your diet typically consists of (lots of veggies, only raw food, no red meat, lots of red meat, only doritos!). if you have had trouble conceiving, again, what does your diet typically consist of?

that's it.
and please,
let me say that i'm not trying to over simplify this very tender issue.


Brandi said...

i'm happy to help; i'm interested to see where this goes.

no trouble conceiving (that's putting it mildly), diet includes lots of everything. : )

Anonymous said...

I had trouble conceiving and had miscarriages. I was eating the normal, mainstream american diet at the time, not very healthy at all. I changed my diet, actually went low carb for a bit, and lost 30lbs. I quit doing low carb, just eating real food and exercising and I conceived, not once, but twice pretty much in succession.

The Kramer Family said...

Hey girl!

Okay. This subject is close to my heart. We went through 2 years of not being able to conceive before KK. I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). I hadn't had a cycle in almost 6 months, my hair on my head was falling out, while I grew whiskers on my chin (I'm just being honest)- weird hormonal stuff. I was also on the verge of being diagnosed with diabetes.

Through the years of not being able to conceive, my diet was pretty terrible which led me down the path I'm still on today. I was eating lots of carbs, sugars, and processed foods.

When I was diagnosed with PCOS, I looked into dietary ways to help reverse my symptoms. I adopted a diet that consisted of no wheat, no carbs, no starches, no dairy except raw, no sugars (NONE) except fruit, high in protein (eggs, beef, chicken, at the time we didn't eat pork), and lots of veggies and fruit. The weight (which I wasn't overweight) fell off. When I eat lots of protein, my body does amazing things and feels so wonderful!

To this day, if I have a small season of not watching what I eat, stuff starts coming back, it throws my body out of whack, and my cycle disappears.

I'm convinced for my body, that no wheat and no sugar is the absolute best for me.

I don't know if this helps at all. But this is what I experienced.


Ivy Mae said...

I just found your blog, and I'm already loving it!
On a more serious note, I'm not sure if I can classify myself as having fertility issues, but here goes. When my husband and I got married 2 1/2 years ago, we decided that we would not use birth control and just turned the whole "when and if" baby question over to God. We've not gotten pregnant in all that time, and while I can DEFINITELY see why that was God's will, it of course makes me wonder if we have fertility problems.
So, 2 1/2 years later and no kids-- we've decided not to take it back from testing or medicine. For what it's worth, I ate a very carb-heavy diet from 15-to about 25, and then 26-29 (my married years) we only eat non-processed foods. I make everything from scratch. Still pretty heavy on the carbs...after all, I make bread...

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I've conceived three times with no problem (second was a surprise!). I eat plenty of fat. I can't help myself. :) Meat, ice cream, eggs, olive oil, etc. I've always eaten whole grains, and as little processed food as possible. I didn't start eating all organic veggies until after my second pregnancy.

Rachel said...

I wouldn't say that I have had problems conceiving (though three cycles of hoping for a baby seems like an eternity at the time.) I eat a normal diet of real food with plenty of protein and plenty of fat (not ridiculous amounts, but I cook with olive oil and butter, etc.) I eat a lot of fruits and veggies and try to keep a reign on the amount of carbs and sugar I consume.

I'm interested in hearing your findings!

sewspun said...

Hi there!
Before conceiving the first time I was eating red meat, tons of dairy, some fried foods, lots of carbs and veggies. I didn't really like sugary anything or fruits.
While I was pregnant I did not want proteins and still don't really.
So, by the second time I was not eating any red meat, bacon, or eggs and still no fruit. More chicken and a ton more veggies! Pretty well balanced.
I hope this helps! Good Luck!

Mandy said...

My diet has evolved since I started having children. I went from eating lots of fast food/junk to eating mostly from scratch/organic foods. I have always leaned heavier on the carbs because they are just yummy. But, I feel better when I limit carbs and eat more protein. There was no trouble conceiving througout all of those phases.

cally said...

I haven't had any troubles with concieving, 6 times, and I haven't paid much attention to my diet until the last couple of years. So I guess I ate everything.

Interesting stuff. I'm intrigued.

Anonymous said...

Having celiac disease can cause infertility. I have celiac (gluten intolerance/genetic) and I didn't have problems conceiving but had (3) terrible pregnancies. Some who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance CAN have trouble conceiving.