When there is the desire to have a child, it is self-evident that a healthy way of life must be adopted, including a balanced diet.
Weight and infertility
Women who are about average weight have more chances of conceiving, since body weight can affect fertility. This can occur if a woman is either significantly above or below average weight, because oestrogen, the basic hormone related to the reproductive system, is stored in fat.
Appropriate consultation with a specialised doctor many difficult situations affecting woman’s fertility can be handled, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, frequent vaginitis e.t.c.
Furthermore, overweight women who are about to start an IVF cycle should not begin any diet, because anxiety and stress that many women experience due to infertility, may lead to eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia.
During pregnancy, it is important to have a balanced daily diet consisting of all food types such as protein, carbohydrate, fat, vitamins, minerals and fibre that provide the required amount of calories and nutrients needed for the proper development of the foetus. Obviously, this also depends on each woman’s body and wellbeing, so consultation and support must be provided by a specialised nutritionist and adapted to each individual person.