Fats & Fertility
by Dr. Khivan Oberoi
Knowing what to feed yourself has become way more complicated than it needs to be. Confusion around “clean eating,” gluten, sugar, and all sorts of new fad diets continue to bring people into my office asking “What do I eat?!” So much of the diet data out in the media is focused around weight loss, which isn’t always the goal for women who are trying to get pregnant. But there are evidence-based nutritional recommendations to enhance fertility – and they might not be what you expect!
#1: Fats are your friend! Healthy, plant based fats are a critically important part of having a baby-ready body. Fats are the backbone of all your hormones (chemicals that tell your body when it’s the right time to get pregnant). Getting your fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, and coconut milk is a great way to give your body the fats it needs without introducing pregnancy-blocking inflammation.
#2: Choose whole grains. New research is pointing at grains – especially processed grains such as those found in breads and pastas – as a culprit for weight gain. For pregnancy-ready bodies though, whole grains like brown rice, barley, and quinoa can be a great source of B vitamins and magnesium. Both of these nutrients are critically important for proper hormone production and ovarian egg release.
#3: Protein & blood sugar balance. For women struggling with fertility, stress can be a huge problem that can exacerbate hormone imbalances. Keeping your blood sugar well balanced by eating regular meals that include protein and fiber is a critical piece to long term hormone balance.