In recent times, the upsurge of infertility has become a public health concern. According to the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 10 women will experience infertility.
Unfortunately, most of the people affected by this condition think that fertility treatment is all about sophisticated diagnostic testing, powerful medications, and high-tech procedures. Experts say though they are also important but maintaining a healthy diet is important at every point particularly, in a woman’s life, especially when trying to conceive a baby.
For some people, choosing certain foods and drinks as a way to influence their ability to become pregnant, sounds more like folktale wisdom than medical advice. As a result, people sometimes overlook the natural tools around them that would have helped them with their fertility and pregnancy experiences.
Thanks to the fact that science is now coming full circle to take another look at the role nutrition may play in improving fertility and supporting healthy pregnancies.
While many women don’t start getting serious about eating healthfully until after they have become pregnant, there is increasing evidence that diet matters long before conception.
Studies have shown that there is need for women to watch their weight because unhealthy food intake—whether too much or too little—has a contributing factor to infertility for many years. According to dieticians, too little or too much weight can make your reproductive cycle irregular and that could affect your ovulation.
A dietitian,Maria Biasucci-Vianna, said: “Your ovaries and your fat cells regulate estrogen, which affects ovulation.If you are too thin, you may not be producing enough estrogen, and if you are overweight or obese, you may be producing too much.”
Biasucci-Vianna who is also a Fertility Counsellor said there is need to achieve and maintain a healthy weight to keep reproductive cycle in balance.
Recently, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health published findings from a study of more than 18,000 women who were followed over eight years to see if their diets influenced their ability to become pregnant.
The study found that women who ate foods containing higher amounts of trans fats, animal proteins and carbohydrates, among other dietary factors, were more likely to have an ovulatory disorder.
Ovulation problems cause infertility in about 20 percent of women seeking help in becoming pregnant. They concluded that a majority of such cases “may be preventable” by adjusting diet and lifestyle.