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09/06/2014 at 11:42
Happy Monday all! Our weekly topic this week is:
Diet & Alcohol when TTC'ing
09/06/2014 at 11:47
I haven't changed anything. I did at first, but when I realised it was taking a while I decided to stop putting my life on hold! I eat fairly healthy anyway and don't drink every day etc. I think unless there's a medical reason for you to change your diet and drinking habits, you don't need to. Look at all the people who fall pregnant by 'accident' or don't know until they're 3 months along?
09/06/2014 at 11:51
I fully agree Rod - I know a *lot* of ladies who I was out clubbing with when they were in the early days and didn't know. They managed just fine.
Personally, I've chosen to ditch the drink - for personal reasons - TTC'ing didn't impact my decision for that. Regarding diet, I eat fairly healthy and I'm concentrating on cutting out the junk food - easier said than done.
09/06/2014 at 15:48
I didn't initially change anything as I figured the same logic as you-people get pregnant without trying/changing so why should I? But as time went on and it didn't happen I cut out alcohol altogether except for events like a wedding (wasn't a drinker really before anyway) and cut out caffeine. Our fertility specialists advised cutting out both for both of us when we started the ivf process and as we were pretty much doing it anyway it was no biggy to keep going. As long as you eat a balanced diet with your 5 a day of veg and fruit there wasn't any other changes they suggested nor that I've read make a difference. If you're overweight, however, this can reduce your chances with ivf which is why there is a cut off which if you're over you won't get funding so I guess it makes sense to try and keep your weight down if you're trying (plus makes for a safer pregnancy with less risk of high BP and GD)
09/06/2014 at 16:56
We dropped caffeine as soon as we started TTC as we were caffeine junkies, all of our coffee and the became decaf and still is, neither of us can taste the difference. We tried to eat healthy but it fell by the wayside often, and if anything my alcohol consumption increased...as I struggled to cope with TTC binge drinking became my escape, not that it helped. The month that I fell pregnant we were on holiday over ovulation (all inclusive) so ate and drank in ridiculous amounts for the week. For me, starting out at a healthy BMI with no known issues, I don't think anything made any difference...the only thing that worked for me was the HyCoSy. That said, there is proof that these things can impact fertility, so I think for anyone experiencing problems it is a good place to start before looking to treatment.
09/06/2014 at 17:58
we had fetal abnormalities and then 2 mc and my consultant reccommended stopping alocohol altogether and for H not to exceed the 21 units reccommended. i made H stop too
i took high dose folic acid due to bmi being 31 (if over 30 you should take it, along with certain fetal abnormalities and absorptive conditions like crohns)
09/06/2014 at 18:21
I didn't change anything about my diet/ alcohol but I wasn't a huge drinker anyway, and I think my diet is pretty healthy. H started vitamins but I didn't.
09/06/2014 at 22:42
I need to change mine so badly as I do to be honest have a poor diet and often miss meals due to how my shifts fall at work but I think that is just in general rather than TTC. We rarely drink anyway so wouldn't miss it for 9mths
10/06/2014 at 12:06
I haven't changed anything but I have a healthy BMI adn my diet is good Mon-Fri and slips a little at the weekend. I do love a glass of wine but I only have a few over the course of a week and more alcohol free days than days where I have a drink. We are only a couple of months in but if nothing happens I may take a closer look but I'm trying not to become obsessed! If I was not already exercising and eating fairly healthily I probably would change.
10/06/2014 at 16:51
I didn't change my diet as such but after 9 months of TTC I decided to join slimming world just to make me feel better about myself, nothing to do with getting pregnant as I was still an ok BMI. Whether it's a coincidence or not I got my BFP the month I achieved my club 10 which meant I had lost 10% of my body weight. That might have helped? Who knows. I had been off caffeine and alcohol for 9 months for other reasons so dropping those didn't kick start anything for me.
11/06/2014 at 12:48
It took us four cycles to conceive No1. During the first cycle, I didn't drink during the two week wait, but when that wasn't successful, I decided there was no way I was not drinking for two weeks out of every month, just in case I was pregnant, as it could have taken us a year or more. I don't think I went out on a massive session at any point, but I think that was coincidence rather than planning. I went out for a meal and a few glasses of wine the night I got my BFP in fact.
I have a reasonably healthy diet anyway, and my BMI is fine, so I had no reason to change my eating habits.
The only thing I did was take folic acid....when I remembered!
15/06/2014 at 16:25
I didn't make any drastic changes to my diet and alcohol intake after starting to TTC nearly nine months ago (:-() but I've recently tweaked it a little bit. Saying that, it's mainly for fitness and overall nutritional reasons rather than purely due to TTC. We've been trying for nine months and sod all has happened - I decided I didn't want to put my life on hold as who knows when it'll happen. If you can't tell I'm going through a bit of a despondent period about it all!
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