Change Your Diet, Change Your Infertility?

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Could it be true? Could it be that easy? Just change your diet and boom, get pregnant? Most people are aware that once you become pregnant it is advised to eat certain foods and avoid others. But what about those who are struggling to get there and happily give up the wine and sushi for 9 months?  Well I’m not a doctor or a nutritionist but it’s a good thing I know one. In continuation of our interview series, following is an interview with Lana Masor, owner of Just For Today, Nutrition and Yoga For Life in NYC. Lana has a Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Columbia University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She is a nutritionist with a unique approach to how a person should relate to and appreciate their food.

When it comes to getting pregnant, the old adage “You are what you eat” rings true. What you eat affects a lot in your body including your blood, cells and hormones. According to the American Pregnancy Association, you should allow three months to a year for dietary changes to take root. But if you’re already well into baby-making, don’t fret – it’s never too late. Studies have shown that specific changes to the diet can increase the chances of healthy ovulation, prevent recurrent miscarriage and support a healthy pregnancy. (*Please note that if you are battling infertility please see a medical professional and don’t expect a change in your diet to be the panacea for all your issues – infertility and otherwise)

So here is everything you ever wanted to know about how a few tweaks in your diet could help you with your infertility struggle. Continue Reading

The Top Ten Things I Wish I Knew When Battling Infertility

 

Depositphotos_14001524_xsThere are a few things that I learned during my years struggling with infertility. In an effort to pay it forward I thought I’d share them with you all. But, this list wouldn’t be complete without having a few laughs at my own expense. So please enjoy and hopefully for those in need, you’ll learn something along the way.

 

 

  1. You are born with a finite number of eggs. There is nothing you can do about that number. Too bad it’s not the same for tears. Those seem to be never-ending.

 

  1. Changes to your sex life. It goes from a spontaneous and fun activity to a calculated and pre-scheduled task and then to “will we ever have sex again … and not the baby making kind.”

 

  1. Your closest friends may never be able to understand your struggle. You might not lose those friends but you’ll need a new buddy to lean because this person “gets it”. Everyone needs support and an outlet to vent. Similarly, your marriage might be tested but if you can survive this, you can survive anything as a team together.

 

  1. Throw your modesty out the window. More people than you can count will be seeing ALL of you. Inside and Out. In time, you’ll be so used to getting undressed, checked out and dressed again that you’ll learn to do it in record time with no embarrassment.

 

  1. Be prepared to feel like you should break out the maternity pants even though you’re not pregnant. You could be one of the lucky ones and lose weight while you’re stressed but most likely you’ll get a bit puffy from being jacked up on the hormones and other drugs. And what about the theory that a full fat dairy diet helps with infertility? That certainly will add to the bloat.

 

  1. You will spend lots of money on trying to get pregnant and your insurance will cover little to none. Reality check – you might have to make some cuts to your lifestyle, skip a vacation, etc., but there is a bonus. With all those credit card points, you probably will earn a free trip to make up for it all.

 

  1. The Internet is a scary place. You can find some good, basic information but you can also get lost in the world of non-experts dishing out advice. If you have a concern, ask your doctor. If you need advice, reach out to a friend or support group.

 

  1. Don’t think of alternative medicines as some voodoo trick. Acupuncture, massage, herbs, etc. may or may not work. But, can you really argue taking some relaxation time for yourself during a stressful time in your life? Trust me, you’ll be thankful for that 30-60 minutes of quiet time a week.

 

  1. Even though the waiting room at your doctor/clinic’s office is filled with women, you are probably going to feel lonely in that room. For some reason, people don’t really talk with each while waiting. This is a shame because you might learn something about each other, help one another, etc. But on a plus side, you’ll have some time to catch up on your book, Facebook status updates or the latest mindless game like Candy Crush.

 

   10. Don’t give up hope. Hope is defined as the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the   best. This road you’re embarking on is a potentially long and scary one. Each person’s experience is different but it’s important to hold onto hope that your dreams of having a family will be realized. There are lots of paths toward parenthood and you have to believe that you can get there and achieve your dream.

 

Fertility Revolution Podcast

Julie with Sara RaberI’m excited to share that I was interviewed by Julie Chang for Fertility Revolution’s podcasts.* (launching 7/10/14).

I share details of my infertility journey and how and why I started my blog, Laughing At The I-Word. I hope you all enjoy the podcast. Here is the link to the podcast:

http://bit.ly/FR_32

If you have an iTunes account, please support the podcast by submitting a rating and review here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fertility-revolution-julie/id881967439

*Here is some information about Fertility Revolution:

Fertility Revolution is a 5 day a week podcast, hosted by Julie Chang, interviewing fertility experts and educators.  We share our experience and valuable tips to help you get pregnant.  Fertility Revolution hosts respected fertility doctors, complementary fertility practitioners, attorneys, infertility advocates, and published authors.  Join me on a journey with my spotlighted guests, highlighting common stumbling blocks and misconceptions which might make it more difficult for you to conceive.  Of course, we provide tips and resources to help you overcome these potential hurdles.

Fertility Revolution is all about inspiring YOU on YOUR fertility journey. We know that by hearing common stumbling blocks, misconceptions, and proactive fertility action tips, you can realize your dream to growing a family and take inspired ACTION!

 

 

Miscarriage-The Loss, Pain and Moving On

The pain from a loss due to miscarriage is unlike anything like you might experience in your life – and it’s a unique experience to one’s infertility, or rather fertility, journey. I’ve been fortunate, that although I’ve had a rough infertility journey, I did get pregnant each and every time I did IVF. I was even lucky enough to get pregnant on my own. But, unfortunately, some of those pregnancies didn’t make it past the first two months and ended with a miscarriage. I am not sure which is worse, getting that amazing news that the IVF worked and you’re pregnant only to be let down a few weeks later that you lost it; or is it better to just “cut your losses” and hear that the cycle didn’t work and you’re not pregnant.

Now all these years later I can finally get through a conversation saying, “I had a miscarriage – rather miscarriages” without welling up with emotion. Well, sort of get through it – some days it is still hard to get the words out without tears. Some days out of the blue I’ll see a pregnant woman or a newborn and find myself stopped in my tracks on the verge of tears. I will never forget the pain of those first miscarriages before my oldest was born. Or even the pain of my third miscarriage in between the births of my children. Looking back, I see that each miscarriage brought a unique sense of emotional pain, road to recovery (both physical and mental) and ensuing journey forward. Continue Reading

CHR Post: IVF 101- Sara’s Guide to IVF (Part V)

My latest post for the Center For Human Reproduction’s Guest Blog

In my last post, I described the last major step in the IVF process: The Embryo Transfer. What’s next? Well, it’s time for the Two Week Wait.

So congratulations to me. I made it through the weeks of intense medication, doctor visits and overall anxiety of the IVF process. So now what? Is it my time to just sit back and plan for nine months from now with the hopes of becoming a mother? Oh no. The anxiety that I felt everyday through the transfer did not go away, it just shifted. Now that the transfer was done, I was about to embark on the next part of IVF known as the Two Week Wait. (No, I did not invent this phrase.) The Two Week Wait (also known as TWW) is the two-week period in between the transfer and your scheduled pregnancy test. If you’re reading this post, your question may be “How do you handle the TWW and how is this time period different from the other stages of IVF?” Continue Reading

Laughing At The I-Word Meet & Greet Event

Going through infertility issues? Looking to connect with peers who get you? Join Laughing At The I-Word for a Meet & Greet and hear the “Top Ten Things I Wish I Knew When Battling Infertility”.

June 25th, 2014. 7pm

Just For Today:  201 E.56th St.

DID I MENTION ITS FREE?- Now that’s a rarity in the infertility world

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