I read something the other day that said foods that resemble part of your anatomy are actually very beneficial for that particular body part. There are a lot of fruits that look our reproductive organs so it totally makes sense that they will be important for fertility.
A study that was presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s annual meeting in Lisbon, found that eating fruit could boost the chance of having a baby. Whilst these succulent little buds can help improve fertility in both men and women, it seems men are ‘lazier’ when it comes to improving their diet than women, so get your man to up his fruit intake.
Fruits are great sources of Vitamin C, which are important to sperm and egg health due to their antioxidant properties, which attach to and remove free radicals that can cause damage to our bodies. But eating a wide variety of fruit will also keep you topped up with lycopene, folic acid and Vitamin B6, which are important when you’re trying to conceive.
There are many, many fruits that you can add to your daily diet but these are my top five fruits for fertility. Eat at least two portions a day for 90 days before trying to conceive to make a difference to your egg and sperm quality.
I’ve just had my third cycle of IUI, or intrauterine insemination. My first attempt was nine months ago, shortly after I miscarried and was raring to get pregnant again as soon as possible. We went through two cycles, both unsuccessful and then decided to go back to traditional methods for a while as I was finding it difficult balancing the treatments with work and just found the whole process a bit mechanical.
Nearly one year later and we’re back on it. If you’re not familiar with the procedure, you might be wondering, what is IUI? My husband, rather romantically, calls it turkey basting. Essentially it is a way of getting the little swimmers closer to the target. The doctor takes a sample of your partner’s semen, washes it to make it more concentrated, then inserts it in to your uterus through a thin catheter. This increases the chances of the sperm getting to the fallopian tubes. The rest is down to nature. It’s not for everyone, but if you are struggling to conceive it may be an option you want to consider.
I’ve put together a list of a few useful things you might want to know before you try IUI.
Late on a Sunday afternoon, my husband said to me “you should read this article on pregnancy anxiety – I think it will resonate with you”.
Now hang on a minute, I’m not even pregnant yet – how is this going to be relevant to me? Rowan Martin speaks of the intense paranoia she experienced during her pregnancy – after a “missed miscarriage” with her first pregnancy she became, understandably, anxious about what might happen to her baby when she was expecting again. Her fear took over and she became obsessed with monitoring her baby, even going to the extreme of taking more than 100 pregnancy tests within five weeks and spending nearly £2,000 on private clinics, just to check her baby was still growing.
Whilst my situation is not the same, there are certainly elements of Rowan’s story that I can empathise with, even during the process of trying to get pregnant. When things don’t go to plan, you feel like your body has let you down – how can you trust it again?
What’s going on? Mind has been telling me you’ve been playing tricks on them.
You and Mind have known each other for a long time. Mind has always been on your side – making sensible decisions about what to eat, telling you when you’ve had enough and keeping you out of danger. And in return you have looked after Mind, making sure everything works and keeping everything looking good so Mind doesn’t have to worry.
But Mind tells me you’ve been f**king with them recently. Last week you were acting like you had something exciting to say. You know, the cramps, the tender breasts, and not just like it was a period coming. This was full on. So much so that it took Mind back to when we were pregnant before. Every day you would do something to convince Mind that an egg was implanting and a baby was starting to grow. Then one day you just switched it off like it was nothing; like you were just kidding; like it was an April Fools.
We’ve been getting a bit frustrated recently feeling like we’re on the same old routine – take clomid, get a scan, get a trigger shot and hope for the best. Even though this worked for us once before, we’ve been doing this now for the last six months, with a couple of IUI treatments thrown in, and still no luck so we decided to get a second opinion from another doctor.
We visited Dr Ann Tan at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, who is supposed to be one of the top gynaecologists in Singapore. She seems to be very self promotional. When you open her website you’re greeted with a glamourous picture of Dr Tan herself. In her waiting room she is on the front cover of Inside Magazine talking about Fertility and the Singapore woman – just one of many media titles she’s been in. Despite working in PR myself, this kind of promotion from a doctor normally puts me off. She seems like more of a businesswoman than a doctor. But I had a recommendation from a friend so I thought I would give it a go.
So I did something bold today. I resigned from my job.
I don’t have another job to go to and I haven’t really started looking, but I decided that if there’s ever a time in my life that I can justify having some ‘me time’, it’s now.
The year is nearly over and we still haven’t been able to conceive again. Every month when my fertile period comes round something is happening that stresses me out. A crazy week of back-to-back meetings, late nights, weekend events, deadlines, pitches. That is the nature of my job, and something I’ve really enjoyed about it in the past. When ovulation comes round though, it’s hard stay focused on what really matters.
Yesterday Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced that he and his wife are expecting a baby, and revealed that they had suffered three miscarriages in the last couple of years.
This has made headlines all over the world, but I first came across this news because a friend of mine on Facebook had liked an article on this called ‘why we should talk about miscarriage’. It talked about how Mark Zuckerberg’s post highlighted the ‘taboo’ around miscarriage and called for more people to discuss the issue, rather than going through it alone.
This is all very true. It seems so silly that such a hugely emotional experience should be something that we have to hide away. But even on reading this, I wasn’t sure whether by liking or sharing the post I would be outing myself as someone who had suffered a miscarriage. That’s certainly what I wondered about my friend who had liked it in the first place.