Clean Out the IncubatorMar 6, 2014
You’re trying to get pregnant, but it’s not happening. Research shows it might be your diet and other things you put into and on your body. Dr. Kirtly Jones is going to tell you what to do to clean out the incubator, get pregnant and increase your chances of having a healthy baby.
Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones: Do you want to get pregnant? Clean out the incubator and eat right. There are foods that are associated with increasing your ability to get pregnant, and that you, you could be a man or a woman. This is Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Utah Health Care. And we're going to talk about getting pregnant, beyond the basics today on The Scope.
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Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones: If you're thinking about making a baby, and thank you for planning it and not having it by accident, there's some foods and lifestyle choices you should consider. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, published findings from a study of more than 18,000 women, who are followed for 8 years to see if their diets influence their ability to get pregnant. Today on The Scope, we're going to talk about preparing the incubator and eating right for the baby that you want to come.
So number one, women who ate foods with higher amounts of trans fats, animal protein, and easy carbs, were more likely to have ovulation problems. It was harder for them to get pregnant. Now these are the very women who are also overweight. And we know that women who are obese are less likely to ovulate, less likely to conceive if they do ovulate, and more likely to miscarry if they do conceive. And pregnancies of women who are obese are more likely to have problems with pre-maturity and diabetes and high blood pressure, all of which are bad for you but really bad for your baby. In fact, sugar is one of the most powerful teratogens, things that makes birth defects, of anything. So you want your sugar to be in a healthy range.
So eat less beef, pork, or chicken and more plant and dairy proteins. Eat nuts and legumes, and those are beany things. For protein, eat fish but wisely. Light tuna rather than white tuna, lower amounts of mercury. And salmon rather than swordfish.
About that dairy and fat stuff. Your body wants to know that you aren't starving and want some good fat. Whole milk had a higher prediction than skim milk for getting pregnant. So get your fats in runny oils, like canola oil and olive oil, and whole milk. Eat your veggies, washed and mostly raw. Don't binge on easy carbs, which is bread, pasta and cereal. Get your grains whole. This is the diet that will give you the folic acid, the B vitamins and the fiber that you need. Women who ate a lot of easy carbs, had a harder time getting pregnant.
Now, it's hard to know whether the easy carbs block your fertility, or people who eat that are overweight and under fertile. Don't binge on easy carbs. Get to a healthy weight with a good diet and exercise. Modern activity is good for a healthy pregnancy. The highest fertility is in women with a BMI, a body mass index of 22 to 24. Women who are really underweight have a slightly higher time of getting pregnant, and staying pregnant. And women who are overweight, it's the same.
So water is good. You don't really know what's in those herbal teas. So when they say herbal teas, they could put rat droppings in there, and you don't know. So I'm not a huge fan of herbal teas for women trying to get pregnant. For old ladies, like me, I don't know that it matters so much, but I don't usually drink that stuff. No more than two small cups of coffee a day. Now that's five ounces each cup. For you Starbucks junkies, one of the tall cups is the smallest serving is ten ounces, so one tall latte, one tall anything is already your two cups.
There's good evidence that people who drink a lot of caffeine a day, are more likely to miscarry. So what about sodas? They have caffeine. In fact, there's nothing good about sodas for people trying to get pregnant or who are pregnant. The carbs are wrong. The colors are manufactured chemicals, and the cans are lined with BPA, a chemical that can look like a hormone to your body. So if I had someone who wanted to be pregnant, part of cleaning out the incubator is going BPA free. So just leave the sodas behind. Now, that doesn't mean you can't drink fizzy water, yum.
While you're at it, don't use cosmetics or moisturizers that have ingredients that you cannot produce. Clean out the incubator. Go to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on the internet and choose wisely. Try to eat organic veg, and if you get your food in cans, try to choose BPA free cans for you and the guy who is your sperm manufacturer.
So now about guys. The same is all true for you. Stay away from the fast food lane. High fat diets make for not so healthy sperm. Men being overweight, that tummy gut can lower your sperm count. Eat your veggies and complex carbs, because they have B vitamins that are good for your sperm. Beer isn't good for your sperm, so limit your alcohol consumption to more than five to seven drinks a week. I hope that you aren't taking testosterone supplements, because that will suppress your sperm count.
Of course, the habits you create while hoping to create a baby are good for you and your family for the rest of your life. So just get on it. If you are a couple and you're thinking about making a baby, just transform your house for a healthy incubator, a healthy baby, healthy children and future healthy grandparents.
The both of you make love not war. People who have more sex, are more likely than those who have less sex to get pregnant, but didn't you already know that. This is Dr. Kirtly Jones, and this is The Scope.
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