Cynthia, a patient shares her views on what it took for her to have a successful and healthy pregnancy….
“Don’t let your diet derail you!
I have been a patient at RHC for 3 years. I received a positive pregnancy result after my 4th IVF; and after my 2nd egg retrieval, and I owe a great part of my success to the time I took to get my diet healthy. Time and time again I was told how important diet is to conceiving, and like most of you, I wanted to get pregnant now, and not worry about my diet. RHC has some great advice about diet that is easy to follow, and I highly recommend it. Don’t let a year go by, start eating well today.
Basically, you need to give yourself 3 months to let the foods work and for you to adjust to your new diet. Sure, you will miss some things, but if you want to create the best conditions for a pregnancy, there is not a better time to do it than now.
I ate mostly whole foods –veggies, grains, fruit, cheese and some meat. I gave up packaged foods for the most part, eating nothing that your great-great grandma wouldn’t recognize as food. My meals became pretty simple – meat and a veg, or a veg and a grain. Snacks were fruit and nuts and cheese.
Coffee? Love it, but give it up. I slowly reduced my intake of coffee to decaf a few times a week to nothing at all.
Diet coke? I gave it up completely, its dehydrating, too many chemicals, plus the caffeine. You can do it, you can do anything for a short period of time.
Wine? Savor it, but only once in a while, you have give it up for the most part during the 3 months.
Water, lots and lots of water. I learned to love hot water with lemon, you will too.
Cold water fish – I ate salmon 2x a week and took fish oil pills the rest of the week. Cruciferous and green leafy veggies like broccoli and kale, one serving a day.
You CAN do it, it’s only for a few months right? I think you will find that you feel better eating this way, and feel good that you are doing absolutely everything you can to create an environment for a healthy pregnancy. Happy eating!”