If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, you need to know how full-fat dairy products such as milk and cheese can help. Here’s how dairy affects ovulatory infertility and pregnancy – and why full-fat milk products are better for women who want to get pregnant.
“Think about switching to full-fat milk or dairy products as a temporary nutrition therapy designed to improve your chances of becoming pregnant,” write Jorge Chavarro, MD, and Walter Willett, MD. “If your efforts pay off, or if you stop trying to have a baby, then you may want to rethink dairy – especially whole milk and other full-fat dairy foods – altogether.”
These doctors explain how dairy affects fertility, why it’s so important to get calcium, and why you may want to eat less dairy after you get pregnant. For complete info how diet affects fertility, read The Fertility Diet.
And, here are a few tips about calcium and fertility.
Dairy and Fertility – How Milk, Cheese, Yogurt Affects Getting Pregnant
The Fertility Diet book explains how galactose, lactose, different types of dairy products, and other sources of calcium affect female fertility. This is just one of their basic, interesting research-based theories about dairy products and getting pregnant….
“Among the women in the Nurses’ Health Study, having just one serving a day of full-fat dairy food, particularly milk, decreased the chances of ovulatory infertility.” It’s not just full-fat or whole milk that can help you get pregnant – it’s also foods made from whole milk, such as full-fat yogurt, cottage cheese, and even ice cream. But, these doctors stress, you don’t have to eat a pint of ice cream or a block of cheddar cheese a day! A serving is half a cup of ice cream or full-fat yogurt.
Skim milk and low-fat milk can do the opposite of protecting against ovulatory infertility, say these doctors.
Why Does Whole or Full-Fat Milk Protect Against Ovulatory Infertility?
Here’s why skim milk or reduced fat dairy may be associated with ovulatory infertility and reduced chances of getting pregnant: “Removing fat from milk radically changes its balance of sex hormones in a way that could tip the scales against ovulation and conception,” say these doctors in The Fertility Diet. “Proteins added to make skim and low-fat milk look and taste ‘creamier’ push it even farther away.”
In The Fertility Diet: Natural Ways to Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant, the authors describe how separating the fat in whole milk to make skim milk can decrease the vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and other substances in the milk.
The more low-fat dairy products – such as sherbet and frozen yogurt – a woman eats, the more likely she is to have trouble getting pregnant. The more full-fat dairy products – especially whole milk and ice cream – she eats, the less likely she’ll have problems getting pregnant.
To learn more about fertility and diet, read Foods to Avoid When You’re Trying to Get Pregnant.