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How Full-Fat Milk Products Help You Get Pregnant

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.

First, a surprising tip from The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting 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.

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9 thoughts on “How Full-Fat Milk Products Help You Get Pregnant”

  1. My period is fluctuating and i don’t have particular cycle i cannot dictate when am ovulating what is the cause can it hormonal inbalance

  2. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Don’t forget that if you’re lactose intolerant, you need to be careful about the dairy, milk, cheese and yogurt products you eat! I have slight lactose intolerance, and dairy can really affect my guts in bad ways. This is an important part of dairy and fertility that I neglected to mention in this article.

    For more tips on getting pregnant, read:

    The Best Way to Get Pregnant

  3. Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen

    Thanks for your tips on diets and the Alli weight loss pill! I haven’t tried either a strick low fact low calorie diet or Alli, but have written an article on how to lose weight (not gain weight, rather) while eating a full-fat dairy diet.

    Here’s the link:

    Tips for Eating a Full-Fat Dairy Diet Without Gaining Weight

    Thanks for being here, Elizabeth and “low carb low fat diet” person!


  4. The Alli weight loss pill is essentially a fat blocker. It functions by keeping the body from absorbing the fat from the foods that we consume, and it is the one freely ready drug that has FDA backing for its claims to assist fat loss. You might consider you could eat all the fatty nutrients you liked and then take alli to neutralize the effect, but lamentably that is not true. Alli should always be taken in conjunction with a low fat diet plan.

  5. low-carb-low-fat-diet

    If one were to eat a strict low fat calorie diet then they could also be increasing their risk for heart disease due to their diet’s lack of important fatty acids. So, it is indeed important that balance is achieved because you don’t want to put your health at hazard. If one turns too lax or too preservative, then you will be unintentionally subverting your heart amongst other things and that could finally cost you your lifetime.

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  7. Thanks for pointing this out, Maija! I wonder if different types of sherbet contain different amounts of dairy, such as ice milk or something similar?