Food and fertility


Cindy Baily, at 40 years old, and her husband Pierre Giauque were devastated to learn from doctors that their chance of conceiving was 2%. But instead of accepting the news quietly, Cindy went to work researching ways of making her body pregnancy primed through diet.

She found recipes that would boost her fertility naturally. And after four months of eating the right foods, she was pregnant and later delivered a healthy baby boy named Julien.

She’s also delivered a healthy cookbook. Together Cindy and Pierre have also produced the Fertile Kitchen Cookbook to help other couples in the same circumstance they were in. The recipes use organic vegetables and fruits, lean meats and healthy fats. You won’t find processed sugar. And you also won’t find much dairy and wheat, in part because they are difficult for the body to digest. She also suggests only purified water.

“When you’re digestive system is doing more work, that means there is basically less energy available to nourish and heal other system in your body, for example, reproduction,” said Cindy.

Dr. Philip Chenette, the medical director of the Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco agrees with the diet recommendations. “We know also that fertility is closely related to the insulin system activated when you’re trying to conceive. And that means avoiding simple carbohydrates like vanilla cake and white bread and things like that. And concentrating on complex carbohydrates,” he said.

On the topic of purified water, there is some disagreement. “But to be extreme to say you only need to consume for example purified water that’s been distilled, that’s not realistic,” said Dr. Marjorie Freedman, a nutrition professor. “There’s really no evidence that this type of recommendation will help a woman get pregnant.”

All are in agreement that diet is important. “I think in the big scheme of things, when you’re thinking about trying to conceive, your diet is a very important part,” said Dr. Chenette. “But it’s probably about 10% of what goes into producing a baby.”

He may say only 10%, but Cindy is convinced her diet changed her life and was the catalyst for creating their family. She and her husband hope their research will benefit other families as well.

Source: WCBD TV News


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