Baby Food: Fertility Boosting Bites

One in eight couples will have problems getting pregnant, but what they eat could increase their chances of having a baby,

Balls, bottles, and boys, that's what fills Laurie Elper's life.

"This one looks like me and this one looks like my husband," explains Mother of twins Laurie Elpers.

Fraternal twins Noah and Ben are double trouble their parents thought might never happen. After months of trying, Laurie suffered a miscarriage at 10 weeks.

"That really kind of shook us a little bit," says Elpers.

In fact, 30 percent of all pregnancies end in a miscarriage.

"The risk of miscarriage increases with age,” says Sanjay Acerwall, MD, Reproductive Endocrinologist at UC San Diego. “So that women, for example, that is over 40 can have a one in three chance of miscarriage."

What you eat could improve your chances of getting pregnant and carrying your child to full term. Harvard researchers have come up with a fertility diet.

Women should avoid trans fats, cut back on saturated fats, and add more vegetable oils, nuts, and cold water fish like salmon. Replace a serving of meat each day with beans, peas, soybeans, or tofu.

Skim milk appears to promote infertility, choose whole milk instead. For your veggies, go for spinach, beans, tomatoes, and beets. Most importantly, skip the soda, it could slow ovulation.

For men, a 2012 study found eating 75 grams, or about two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm quality. Oysters are not only an aphrodisiac, their high zinc content helps production of sperm and testosterone. You can also find zinc in beef, eggs, and beans.

The antioxidants found in dried fruits, cranberries and collard greens help protect sperm from cellular damage.

One more fertility fact-as long as you don't drink more than six cups a day, coffee and tea do not affect a woman's fertility or cause miscarriages.

The fertility diet book is available online for about $10.

Baby Food: Fertility Boosting Bites
REPORT #1968

BACKGROUND: Infertility is when there is an inability to conceive or get pregnant. Infertility is grouped into two categories:

* Primary infertility refers to couples who have not become pregnant after at least 1 year of unprotected sex (intercourse).
* Secondary infertility refers to couples who have been pregnant at least once, but never again.

CAUSES: A wide range of physical and emotional factors can cause infertility. Infertility may be due to problems in the woman, man, or both.

Female infertility may be caused by:

* Excessive exercising
* Eating disorders or poor nutrition
* Obesity

Male infertility may be due to:

* Environmental pollutants
* Being in high heat for prolonged periods
* Heavy use of alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine
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TREATMENTS: Some fertility problems are more easily treated than others.

Treatment for women may include:

* Taking medications, such as, clomiphene; it stimulates the ovaries to release eggs or metformin; it's used to treat polycystic ovary syndrome.
* If the fallopian tubes are blocked, treatment may include tubal surgery.
* When a man is having fertility issues a doctor may recommend insemination. With insemination the sperm is collected and then concentrated to increase the number of healthy sperm.

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