Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fertility, Work and Diets

I have been really getting myself in gear on the TTC front. From the spiritual side, I have been reciting new prayers and changing my focus. I can honestly say, I feel a difference. Its hard to explain but the feeling is something with less burden and more hope, so thats good. I am also looking into finding a new RE. For my own personal reasons, I just didnt like the first one we went to. I now have a new list and I have begun calling around, checking insurance and looking into availability. Our plan is to be with a new RE by the end of March.

And why the end of March and not NOW?! Well, I am expecting the next few months to be pretty busy. Christmas, Dan's 30th birthday and then mine. And then I will be traveling for work. I am fortunate to participate in a training program where I will get to travel with 2 other people in the company and train the rest of the property adjusters. Its a great experience and I am honored to have been included. But that means I will be going to Atlanta, Cincy, Columbus, Indy and Akron during the middle of February until the middle of March. As a result, I want to get through all of that before I bring the new RE into the mix.

I also have a question for my fellow bloggers. How much, if any, do you guys think diet effects fertility? When we first started TTC, I read tons of articles on it and was all about eating healthy, no pop, watching my sugar, blah blah. That quickly fell to the way-side and I have resorted to my "normal" eating habits which are, well, less than favorable (at best.) I dont eat alot but when I do, I eat mostly junk. Sure, I have some fruit once in awhile but I normally wash it down with a nice Pepsi. Blah. I dont know, Im just wondering what kind of info you guys have come up with on the connection of diet and fertility. Is this something I need to consider? I dont know. Enlighten me :)

"I can sing in the troubled times
Sing when I win
I can sing when I lose my step
And fall down again
I can sing 'cause You pick me up
Sing 'cause You're there
I can sing 'cause You hear me, Lord
When I call to You in prayer"


Tara said...

I'm glad to read that you are feeling better about things and have a plan.
As far as a diet I just don't know. Sometimes I think it helps but other times I'm not so sure. I see teenage girls who are pregnant at school and think that they probably aren't the healthiest eaters. Of course they are younger than us, but still.
I guess eating healthier doesn't hurt and I have read several articles about it's importance. I guess it is worth a try?

Shanny said...

Glad that you feel a difference with your new spiritual focus.

The diet thing, I haven't read much about. I assume that drastic weight change could possibly affect ovulation. Other than that, eating healthy and getting all the "good" fat, vitamins, etc should be a good thing and wouldn't hurt. Now do I have the will power to do so? Not really, but good luck to you =)

flojat said...

Why aren't you coming to Florida to train people? Huh? I'm not sure about the diet thing. I'm sure it can't hurt, but there are thousands of women that get pregnant every day that eat like crap. Other than being vaguely aware of how much caffeine I'm sucking down, I'm pretty much business as usual in the food department.

Shell said...

It's great your getting your spiritual side going. It helps a lot.
I figure if there are so many ladies who get pregnant who aren't trying and don't eat good it can't effect it too much.

Sarah said...

I think a diet can be helpful if you're ok with it. If what you're eating makes you miserable, I vote NO.

Lindsay said...

I don't know about the diet stuff. I was really good at first, but then it kind of fell by the waste side as the months drug on. The way I look at it is, plenty of people get pregnant eating crap, so how much can it really affect your chances of a BFP? Maybe thats the wrong way to think about it, and being healthier can't hurt your chances. But overall, no i don't think it makes a huge impact.

Danse said...

I'm glad your feeling better spiritually.

As far as your diet question - honestly, I don't know. I ate very healthfully and exercised regularly for at least the first 6 months of TTC (and had been for about 1.5 years before TTC) and yea...well...we had trouble.

Since then, I lost track, gained weight and all that fun stuff - still not Oing.

Then, I regained motivation, eating better and exercising...and now my body decides not to respond to provera. So basically, I think it's a crap shoot either way.

What I can say is that it doesn't hurt to be healthy, and if you're planning on maintaining a healthy pregnancy it's probably easier to transition into a lifestyle change pre-pregnancy, you know?

I hope that makes sense and wasn't too rambly.

Alicea (mnbride1013) said...

From my own research, I think diet is only a factor is you have PCOS or another diet-related IF issue. I ate like I normally did while TTC and I had even gained 10 lbs since trying and we still managed to get pregnant. I don't know why I had that one anov cycle - could it have been from the weight gain? I have no idea. Just don't do any drastic changes to your diet so you don't shock your body! I know mine would go into cardiac arrest if I started eating too healthy! LOL!

Carly said...

i am so glad you are feeling better. I think the eating healthy thing is one of those things that of course is better for you- but I know plenty of people where they eat like garbage and it makes no difference. I think if someone changed their eating habits and got pregnant there is no reason to believe that that was why and not just the timing and chances. Who knows.
No help I know-sorry :)

Katie said...

I'm glad things are going better. As far as the diet question, I think it's all related to moderation. When we started TTC, I cut out diet coke and ate really healthy, lost 10 pounds, and got so frustrated after the 6th cycle I gave it all up. I found that I had put a lot of things in my life on hold while TTC, and it really affected me mentally. So, after cycle 6, I gave up and went back to my old ways. It wasn't until cycle 9 that it was successful for us, and I'm pretty sure diet had nothing to do with it (I was so stressed and busy at work that cycle that I was drinking a 12-pack a day of diet coke - can you say, caffeine overload?). I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy your birthdays!! Travel safe, and I look forward to hearing about the new RE in March!

osuraj said...

How much better does having a plan feel? I'm glad to hear it! :-)

As far as diets go...I'm a pretty healthy eater. I've gone months during TTC where I wouldn't drink caffiene or I'd cut down on sugar, etc. I'm not pregnant yet, and as other posters said there's tons of people who get pregnant that eat like crap, so it's my point of view that I don't want to deprive myself when it's not necessarily going to work. Just my 2 cents!

♥ HisLovf ♥ said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better. As for the diet thing, I don't think it would effect it so much, my diet has always kind of sucked...

Molly said...

Since you're at a healthy weight now, I see no reason why you should stress about your eating habits. Enjoy life!

Nichole said...

Hey Shannon! Glad to see you are feeling emotionally better!!
My friend's doctor told her to gain five pounds and she had her baby girl after 2 mc. She then gave me this advice. I ended up gaining 5 pounds (not because I was trying to but just because I wasn't eating too good) and I got pregnant. Who knows! I don't think I would put the extra effort of eating good if that isn't your thing!

gringa78 said...

You're inspiring me, Shan! Thank you.

Oh, and I heart know that, right?

lovealways6565 said...

Glad you are feeling better chicka! :o) As far as the diet thing goes.. I did notice once I started to eat more healthy my body changed and maybe thats what helped on on cycle 8.. im not sure though.

Anonymous said...

I have a friend who couldn't conceive, unexplained infertility. After many years of procedures she started the South Beach Diet. She is very tall and slim, which you seem to be. After just a few weeks she was able to conceive. A few years after the birth of her son she went on the diet again and again conceived. Was it the diet? I guess she'll never really know but it did seem to do the trick

RDgirl said...

We really are similar with our history and even with jobs that have travel, ha!

On the diet piece I'd like to add in my 2 cents being a registered dietitian. For some people it does make a difference but nutrition is very individualized. Overweight women can increase fertility by losing weight and the opposite for more slender women. In addition, eliminating caffeine can have a positive effect on cervical mucus quality. Higher amounts of folic acid can help women increase the quality of their eggs. But not only that, good nutrition can help your body cope better through stressful times i.e. going through infertility.

Like I said though, it's individual so if you have specific questions feel free to let me know: kstone187[at]yahoo[dot]com

Audrey said...

I'm so, so happy you're feeling better, sweetie. And March will be here before you know it, it's honestly not far away at all. And who knows, you may not even need it, I pray for that. :)

As far as diet goes, I am sure it has helped some people, but I can say that I don't think it made any difference for me. I do avoid certain foods that trigger my IBS, and I don't drink pop or coffee, so caffeine has never been an issue for me. That's about it, I eat like a pig for the most part.

My love is with you as always. MUAH!

Melissa said...

I'm right there with you, hun. I'm thinking I need to cut way down on caffeine and up my fruits and veges. I also need to get on the vitamin every day train...I miss it every day almost.

Good luck to you! MUAH