So, here it is….my series on fertility, pregnancy and nursing nutrition. I will try to pass along all of my research, in small doses!
There is a lot of research on hormones in our food effecting our estrogen levels and thus our fertility! There is “new” research that low fat dairy can effect ovulation due to the hormones! So, if you’re trying to get pregnant, it is advised that you switch to FULL FAT DAIRY.
Much of my research in trying to decide which milk is best…cow, soy, almond, etc…has led me to the fact that as adults, we do not need dairy at all! If you like it, great, eat or drink it. If not, eat your leafy greens, nuts and take your multi-vitamin and you’ll be fine. (Interesting research on the dairy industry and food politics!)
Dairy is optional. But, if you choose to eat dairy and are trying to get pregnant….
- as little as ONE serving of low fat dairy can decrease your fertility
- no whey protein
- If you cut out red or processed meats, it may help to compensate for the extra calories in the full fat diary
- Once pregnant or no longer trying to conceive, you can switch back to low fat dairy if you wish ( I’m currently doing research that may suggest otherwise….more on that later)
- High amounts of dairy actually block iron absorption
Serving sizes are important to maintain weight so I will be including some info on appropriate serving sizes. You can vary these but it’s a nice guideline to have. (For example, I usually only add .5 to 1 oz of cheese to my eggs so 1.5 oz seems high.)
- Milk or yogurt 1 cup
- Cheese (cheddar or swiss) 1.5 oz / 45 g
The Fertility Diet by Jorge Chavarro, Walter Willett, and Patrick Skerrett, Fertility Foods by Jeremy Groll and Lorie Groll, Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin, Feed the Belly by Frances Largeman-Roth RD