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The Fertility Diet

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  153 ratings  ·  26 reviews
More than 6,000,000 women in the United States alone experience infertility problems. This fertility-boosting guide features the research results on fertility from the Nurses' Health Study, and ten nutritional guidelines offer medical advice on how to improve your chances of conception.
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by McGraw-Hill
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Rebecca
Apr 28, 2009 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Women who want to eat ice cream under the guise of improving their reproductive health! :o)
Recommended to Rebecca by: Diane Rehm Show (author interview)
This is the most down-to-earth, cover-all, explain-all book I have ever read, and what shocks me most it that it is talking about food! In a world of fad diets and twisted ideas about what the word "health" really means, it was really such a relief to discover this book. I heard the author being interviewed by Diane Rehm on NPR and subsequently picked up the book from the library as soon as it was released. In reviewing my previous and current food/health habits, I discovered that the ten major ...more
Nicole
The Fertility diet was a fascinating book. I really enjoyed everything I've learned in this book about nutrition and health, especially for women. Since the findings in the book are based off the Nurses Health Study, which was focused on women, the tips are specifically for women, which is great.

I've tried to apply the things I learned in this book to my eating habits. The goal is to stabilize and even out blood sugar, and I feel I've done that, as my cravings have significantly decreased. I'm w
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Megan
Actually I only read half of this book before someone else wanted it from the library. I thought the 10 steps at the very beginning were good advice but it was all stuff that I knew like eat more vegetable protein, eat more whole grains, exercise, drink lots of water, stay away from trans fats etc. The rest of what I read was pretty repetitive but that's how most of these books are, because if they were succinct their book would be 20 pages long and then they couldn't charge $29.95 for it :-)
Kayla Breed
This book was great for me since i had a hard time getting pregnant. It has great tips on vitamins to take, which workouts are appropriate and even what the guy should be doing to help you concieve. I originally bought this book because it talks a little bit about PCOS(polycystic ovarian syndrome) and how to combat it in order to get pregnant. Worked for me!
Bonnie
In my ever-searching quest for nutritional info, I found this interesting. Pretty common sense, but I liked the parts that said I could drink some caffeine and that I should have a full-fat serving of dairy everyday. Ice cream anyone? It also did a great job of explaining insulin and the ways blood sugar affects hormones.
Laurie Bartee
Fantastic!!! This really opens your mind to what are the options for eating healthy... which can really mean so many things. I found the milk research very fascinating and used it to aid my own fertility.
jess
Sep 06, 2009 jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
This book is driven by conclusions drawn from the Nurses Health Study. The NHS was a multi-decade study of over 120,000 female RN's, and tracked everything from diet and exercise to lifestyle choices. With all that data, patterns start to emerge, and a lot of people have been trying to make sense of it. So, here's a book that attempts to draw conclusions between certain lifestyle practices, and increased fertility, with all other factors being equal or accounted for (smoking, birth control use, ...more
Skye
Surprisingly, I liked this book. Finished it in a number of days and it gave me a lot to ponder and take into consideration. I was diagnosed with PCOS and picked up this book just to see what it had to say in regards to diet and fertility and I was pleasantly surprised. I'm already doing everything on the list, so it gave me piece of mind, but it also gave me some vital information in regards to early pregnancy and such.
Christine Harms
Scientific without being inaccessible, this book was full of practical, realistic suggestions. My only disappointment is that they didn't analyze the role of faux sugars like aspartame and Sucralose in ovulatory infertility. In fact, they even advocated drinking diet soda at one point, which many health experts agree is not a good idea for lifelong health. But overall, a helpful resource.
Abby
Basically a prenatal-focused regurgitation of Willet's earlier book. Still great information, though, and worth a read if you are family planning. It's a worthy read if you're just starting to think about getting pregnant and a must read if you've been trying for a while and haven't had much success. The information is accessible, without a ton of jargon, and the recommendations are easy to understand and follow. I share this book with all my prenatal students because it's never too late to make ...more
Bethany
I really just skimmed through this, since it really could have been covered in an article rather than a whole book. Basically says "follow the food pyramid and eat lots of carbs." Totally lost faith when I saw "if you must drink soda, at least drink diet." The whole milk/dairy bit was the only interesting insight.
Perhaps this is a good starting point if you aren't familiar with nutrition and how the body processes food, as it does have some decent explanations of the digestive/endocrine system.
Janet
About 15% of US couples are infertile according to the standard definition of trying to conceive for 1 year with no pregnancy, and less than a third of those couples have problems with ovulation. This book only deals with that third. It's not relevant to women who ovulate regularly. I'm surprised that the Nurses' Health Study didn't use a broader definition of infertility to begin with.
Krista
This book is excellent, and most of the dietary advice is great for your general health (not just fertility), so if you build the habits, you can just keep doing them and live very well. What I love about this book is that it's not "all or nothing" - you can get the benefits by doing just a few of the recommendations. Plus, who doesn't love a diet that includes a serving of ice cream daily? :)
Andrea
While this book was an interested read I didn't really get any earth shattering information from it. Yes of course diet can effect fertility. I think if you don't eat a well balanced, healthy diet this book would probably benifit you.
Vicky
Being in the medical field, I already knew most of the nutrition that I should be following. There were a few things I learned. I think if someone were starting off without very little knowledge this would be helpful.
Andrea
Jan 07, 2010 Andrea rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women trying to conceive or have a healthy pregnancy
Shelves: non-fiction, 2009
Just a specialty diet book: what to eat and what not to. I'll let you know any really important parts.
Started: 3/30/09
Paused: 4/13/09
Re-started: 5/30/09
Paused: 6/1/09
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Michele
This book explained things in a way I could understand. It explained things I have heard in the past but never understood. I am trying lots of things out if nothing more, to be more healthy.
Nicolette Bernhardt
This was a good book, but unfortunately did not teach me things that I did not already know. However, it was nice to be reminded of how important it is to be healthy and fit before TTC!
Katie
Interesting info on dairy. Nearly everything in this seems commonsense to me. Increase exercise, water, fruits and veggies, reduce meat, don't smoke etc. etc.
Bridget
After going thru this fertility journey 3 years, this book didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. Good for someone just starting their journey.
Betsy Murray
Well you can see where my head is... :) Not much new here but I like that there are recipes to help you apply the recommendations from the Nurse's study.
Becca
What I liked most about this book was their down to earth, don't get all excited and take things out of proportion, approach to things.
Marcella
Gave some good information about eating for your health and it was backed up by some good studies
Tamara
I should have read this 6 months ago, but it's good general advice nonetheless.
Rebekah
There will be a full review if/when I know this works. ;-)
Kristin Riker
Very informative. Very realistic.
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