Can it be so simple?

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Do you really think nutrition has such an impact on your fertility? Many women don’t.

I do happen to believe the way I eat and how I take care of my body, is in fact the only way my body has been open to receiving the blessings from God in his ordained time.

The problem is, we trust and believe doctors way to much. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do have a lot of respect for the medical field, I just feel that more often than not doctors treat only the symptoms and not the real causes. Infertility is usually a symptom of something in our body not functioning correctly. Usually our hormones. And what we eat directly affects our hormones.

But yet, not once did my doctor ask what I was eating. Not once did he make sure I was getting enough nourishment. I had a long discussion with him right when we were starting to try to conceive, and the only thing he mentioned over and over, was that my PCOS shouldn’t be a problem (yea, no ovulation=no problems!) and after a year to call him so he could write me a prescription. I asked repeatedly what I could do naturally, things I could change, and I received no answers.

My husband and I made the decision to not seek the medical route when it came to our fertility, although for many couples I know that’s not the case. Some do decide to accept the prescriptions and the alternative treatments to have their families and for that I make no judgment. But even if you decide to go the conventional medical route, your nutrition still makes a difference. There isn’t a pill that automatically makes you healthy. You can take one to get your body to ovulate, but if you’re not eating right, that egg won’t be nourished enough to thrive.

All in all, you are what you eat.

Have you found that your diet has contributed to your fertility? In what ways?
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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. I’m glad you found a way to help your fertility.

    ICLW

  2. bendingbackwards says:

    I have to agree with you. More often than not, doctors never ask about nutrition. Yet nutrition is such an integral part of our overall health.

    Here from ICLW.

  3. I’m a student of natural healing and nutrition, also a RN. Superfoods (chlorophyll, spirulina, wheat grass, etc., also big fan of Am.Botanical Pharmacy Female formula with dong quai and chaste tree berry. Visiting from ILCW, best to you and your family.

  4. Thanks for your ICLW comment…

    None of my Western docs have ever asked anything, but some of my acupuncturists have asked a lot about nutrition. One bugs me like crazy about my eating, in a good way. And once I saw one who tried to insist that I eat meat. Um, no, vegetarian for almost 20 years, not going to happen. I’ve definitely incorporated some of the recommendations, but I can’t tell you whether it’s made a difference.

  5. I haven’t struggled with infertility (my first baby was stillborn), however I have found alternative medicine (aka- diet modification) very useful as treatment for my second child’s medical issues.

    Don’t get me wrong. We still see her specialist every couple months, but we supplement with homeopathic remedies, all organic food and she is on a gluten free diet. (The latter seems to have made a big difference)

    ILCW

  6. My doctors have asked and I have seen a nutritionist. I think it is really about finding what is best for your body. I was a vegetarian for a long time but my body started to crave meat occasionally and other sources didn’t cut it. So I throw some in when I feel like I need it. It is just a long complicated process to perfect a good food plan.
    Here via ICLW.

  7. I just found your blog and am enjoying it.

    I went for my first appointment with a fertility specialist last week and that was actually one of the first things he asked me…what was my diet like. But of course I did my research first and found a MD who takes a more holistic and natural approach to fertility. I have learned to carefully pick and choose my doctors. I won’t go back to a doctor if he doesn’t have nutrition, exercise and stress reduction high on his list of important things to education his patients about. I agree though, in general most doctors don’t spend a lot of time time talking about nutrition.