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Research shows that about 10% of women struggle with infertility. And while many will turn to science to help them have a baby, some researchers believe that changing your diet and eating certain foods—whole grains, healthy fats, protein, and even the occasional bowl of ice cream — just might boost your chances of conceiving.
Harvard researchers Jorge E. Chavarro, MD, and Walter C. Willett, MD, developed one such plan in “The Fertility Diet,” which comes from an eight-year study of more than 18,000 women. They found that eating certain foods and eliminating others can improve ovulation and fertility, as well as offer a healthy start to a pregnancy. Some of the suggestions include:
Experts are quick to point out that dietary changes won’t work for infertility due to physical impediments like blocked fallopian tubes, uterine malformations or with women who experience recurrent pregnancy losses and cannot guarantee pregnancy. But there is no downside to eating healthier—it has no side effects and will set the stage for a healthy pregnancy should you conceive.
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