Nutrition For Fertility

Whether you are just beginning to consider expanding your family, want to plan for the future through egg freezing, or have struggled with fertility issues for some time, it can be empowering to understand the impact that diet and healthy-weight can have on fertility outcomes.

Dietary patterns focused on plant-based and anti-inflammatory foods are associated with improved fertility [1]. For example, try filling at least half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, choose healthy monounsaturated fats instead of saturated and trans fats, and make at least half your grains whole. 

Along with healthy eating, it is important to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. For women who are considered overweight or obese based on a BMI greater than or equal to 25, weight-loss may improve fertility. In addition to a balanced diet, moderate-intensity physical activity for at least 150 minutes per week can aid in meeting this goal.

For more information on foods for fertility and creating a personalized eating plan, schedule a visit with our Registered Dietitian and lactation consultant, Holly Murphy, MS, RD, LDN, IBCLC.

[1] Panth, N. et al. The Influence of Diet on Fertility and the Implications for Public Health Nutrition in the United States. Front Public Health. 2018. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00211

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