Couples having trouble getting pregnant often have questions about how they can increase their chances. While some causes of infertility cannot be changed without medical intervention, oftentimes, environmental and lifestyle factors can play a part in infertility. Dr. Dan Gehlbach and the registered nutritionist at Midwest Reproductive Center advise couples on the best dietary choices for optimizing fertility.
Caffeine and Infertility: What’s Brewing?
Anyone that loves a morning cup of coffee can rest assured that caffeine–in moderation–is fine while you are trying to conceive. Research shows that while trying to conceive, drinking 300mg per day, or about 2-3 cups of coffee, has no harmful effects. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine holds a similar, if more conservative, viewpoint: moderate caffeine consumption, one to two cups of coffee per day, before or during pregnancy has no apparent adverse effects on fertility or pregnancy outcomes.
Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant that affects the spinal cord, nerves and brain, so too much of a good thing can cause problems. Once pregnancy is achieved, it is recommended to consume less than 200 mg per day due to an increased risk of miscarriage.
Dr. Gehlbach reiterates that while trying to conceive, you should try to cut down to one cup a day, or eliminate caffeine all together.
The Fertility Diet
A fertility specialist like Dr. Gehlbach studies the endocrine and reproductive systems to discover what is preventing a pregnancy. Dietary factors can cause infertility, or exacerbate certain conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In fact, the number one cause of infertility (anovulation–lack of ovulation) can many times be remedied by changes in the diet. For this reason, Midwest Reproductive Center is proud to offer its patients one-on-one access to a nutritionist for counseling and guided nutrition plans.