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Print this quiz out pop it on your fridge or in your kitchen and next time you have a snack or prepare a meal - see if you use the healthier options - 80% of the time.

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Diet and Infertility

A lot has been, and continues to be, written about diets and pregnancy, but there is no magic diet or food that will get you pregnant, although if you have PCOS you do need to consult your fertility specialist regarding your diet.

For the general population, research has been consistent in identifying that a healthy weight range, with normal blood pressure, and a healthy diet can boost a woman’s chance of an uncomplicated pregnancy.

We do know that weight is a significant factor in getting pregnant – both excessive underweight and obesity - with BMI still being the best way to measure your ideal weight range.  

Women with a higher BMI may require higher doses of gonadotropins to achieve follicular maturation.  There is also evidence to suggest that there is a relationship between BMI and sperm production, with a high BMI associated with decreased production of normal sperm.

Celiac disease or gluten intolerance is more common in women with infertility than in the general population, so it is important that testing for this happens early in your fertility assessment.  Your fertility specialist can help you here.

There is some evidence to suggest that caffeine intake is associated with lower pregnancy rates and miscarriages.  There are many studies recommending lower intake of caffeine for many health reasons.  If you decide to lower your intake of caffeine it is recommended that you do this slowly to allow the body to adjust to the withdrawal effects.  Replacing caffeinated drinks with good quality water can have multiple benefits to the body and the mind, so try H2O instead.

Stress, as we know can affect every bodily system and there are many ways that stress can affect eating.  There is growing evidence that stress critically affects weight management and control.  Stress can restrict the uptake of nutrients in food into the body.  

Stress increases neuropeptide Y, which can increase appetite, and cortisol (stress hormone) and may also impact on your taste threshold, which means we may not recognise eating as quickly when stressed, and hence overeat before we feel saturated.  Night eating is highly associated with stress and weight increases, and also with disturbances in the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.   Night eaters find it extremely difficult to regulate weight.

Overall, it is evident that we need to maintain a healthy mind and reduce stress, to ensure our healthy diet is readily absorbed into our system, to create a healthy weight and increase our chance of successful pregnancies.