Food for Thought ……. and Fertility {a guest post}

Most people do not realize that by reaching the proper weight six months prior to when you want to conceive, you can significantly increase your ability to get pregnant, and what you eat before conception can significantly impact your fertility as well as your baby’s health. Careful attention to the diet in the months before conception can also reduce the risk of birth defects. There is also an important link between your levels of body fat and your reproductive hormones.

While little research on nutrition focuses on fertility, it is generally accepted that how much and what you eat can have an impact on your ability to conceive, and on the health of your baby. Research suggests that the key connection between weight and fertility is your percentage of body fat. Each fat cell in your body is capable of converting androgens to estrogen. Estrogen is one of the key hormones involved in egg production and release. Approximately one-third of your estrogen is produced in your ovaries, and the rest is produced in your fat cells. Complete hormonal shutdown can occur if your body fat falls 10 to 15% below or rises 10 to 15% above the norm of 29%.

Another important factor relating to food and fertility is providing your body with enough energy (or calories). Under-eating alone is sufficient to prevent conception since it can cause you to stop ovulating. Additionally, if pregnancy occurs when caloric intake is low just prior to conception, babies are not only smaller, but their mortality rate is three times higher than that of women who eat sufficient amounts of food.

According to the U.S. Department of Health, your body needs about 2,100 calories to function normally. You will need more calories if you are below your natural weight. Just prior to conception, you may actually need as much as 2,300 calories a day; while once you are pregnant you should be taking in around 2,500 to 2,700 calories a day. This number may be higher if you exercise vigorously.

Just as you need enough food, you must also consume the foods that will provide your body with the nutrients it needs and one of the first places to start is with folic acid. Make sure to take one to two quality prenatal vitamins a day starting six months prior to when you want to conceive.

 {a guest post by Belinda Wurn}

Bio: Belinda Wurn is National Director of Services for Clear Passage Physical Therapy®. She co-developed the Wurn Technique®, a manual non-surgical treatment for decreasing adhesions and their effects. The Wurn Technique® is a unique hands-on physical therapy protocol, developed over 20+ years of extensive study and clinical research by Belinda Wurn, PT and Larry Wurn, LMT. It was initially created to decrease pain and increase function for Belinda, when adhesions from surgery and radiation therapy left her unable to work and in chronic, debilitating pain. The Wurn Technique® is designed to treat the adhesions that cause up to 40% of all female infertility. http://www.clearpassage.com/blog

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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.

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