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The American Society for Reproductive Medicine says if you've been trying to conceive for 12 months -- or six months if you are a woman over 35 -- without success, it's time to seek help from a fertility specialist.
But if you haven't reached that point yet, you can try some changes in your diet that may help your chances of conceiving go up.
Colette Bouchez author of Getting Pregnant: What Couples Need to Know Right Now wrote a piece for WebMD that included some foods that may increase the odds of having a baby.
Before I share the food suggestions, it's important to remember that some women need more than just a diet change to help with fertility. But for those starting out on their TTC journey, these fertiity foods may help with ovulation.
- Monounsaturated fats (like olive oil) and less trans fats (like the kind found in many baked goods or fast foods).
- Vegetable protein (like soy), while reducing animal protein (like red meat).
- High fiber, low-glycemic foods -- like whole grains, vegetables, and some fruits, while reducing the intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars.
- Go with moderate amounts of high-fat dairy products -- like ice cream, whole milk, and cheese.
One of the researchers who took part in this study, Jorge Chavarro, MD, "believes diet made a difference because the majority of women experiencing ovulatory dysfunction were also suffering from undiagnosed or subclinical PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome), a condition related to insulin resistance that also affects ovulation."
"It responds well to diet, so that could be one of the reasons these foods were so helpful," says Chavarro, who is also author of The Fertility Diet.
Bottom line: Give the diet a try, but don't depend on it alone -- it should be just one part of your effort to have a baby.
What are some of the changes you've made to your lifestyle when TTC?