Protein for fertility? Yes it’s a thing
Have you been trying to get pregnant for longer than you expected and want help empowering your fertility naturally? Welcome home, then. My name is Dr. Sklar aka The Fertility Expert. My mission is to help you BELIEVE in your fertility, EMPOWER your body to CREATE a healthy pregnancy. In this Fertility TV Episode I’m talking about nutrition & Fertility. Watch the video to know Why You Need To Eat Protein When Trying To Conceive (and how to do it)
Protein is important in our diet, especially when trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy. We all know we need to eat “healthy” when we are trying to conceive. Often times, we associate eating healthy with salads, smoothies and dieting.
But as research shows, “Protein is essential for good quality embryos and better egg quality, it turns out,” study researcher Dr. Jeffrey Russell, director of the Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine, said in a statement.
Patients whose protein intake represented 25% or more of their daily diet, and whose carbohydrate intake was 40% or less, had pregnancy rates four times higher than those who ate less protein and more carbs while undergoing in vitro fertilization.
Researchers asked 120 women undergoing IVF to keep a three day nutritional journal before they had an embryo transfer. Forty-eight women had an average daily protein intake greater than 25%, while 72 had an average intake under 25%percent. (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it is generally recommended that people get between 10 and 35% percent of their daily calories from protein.)
The amino acids that make up protein are the building blocks of your body’s cells – and of your baby’s body as well. It’s important to get enough protein throughout your pregnancy, but it’s especially critical during the second and third trimesters.
But enough of the science talk…. let me share with you 3 easy ways to add up your protein intake.
There are many ways to ensure you are eating enough protein. Here are my top ones:
#1 – Eating organic/grass fed/wild animal protein
Not all animals are the same. It’s important you ONLY consume high quality animal produce, as conventional meats are full of hormones and antibiotics that will affect your hormones. Ideally, get them fresh at your closest farmers market. As many times this is not possible, you can order online from the following companies I trust and recommend to my patients.
US Wellness Meats: A great place to get your grass fed beef, free range poultry and wild caught seafood, organic beef liver, organic beef jerky, … US Wellness Meats sells quality grassland meat products – Visit them Online!
Vital Choice: Vital Choice: Vital Choice is a trusted source for fast home delivery of the world’s finest wild seafood and organic fare, harvested from healthy, well-managed wild fisheries and farms. They back that claim with a 100% Guarantee … if you’re not delighted, they’ll gladly replace or refund your purchase! They capture the fresh-caught quality of succulent, sustainably harvested Alaskan salmon and northwest Pacific seafood by cleaning and flash-freezing it within hours of harvest. See their products here
#2 – Adding protein powder to your meals
Not all protein powders are the same. I usually recommend to my patients (and take myself) PurePaleo Vanilla. I don’t believe it’s available on stores, you can get it here. In order to purchase, you’d need to create an account first. It’s very easy 🙂
I recommend this protein powder to my patientes because is a novel, great-tasting, dairy-free protein powder, yielding 21 g of protein per serving. It contains HydroBEEF™, a highly concentrated, bone broth protein isolate, produced through an exclusive proprietary process that allows the protein to be hydrolyzed into more peptides, resulting in easier absorption and assimilation. This product contains beef from animals raised in Sweden without hormones or antibiotics, and is free of any GMO grains, grasses, and/or ensilage.
Serving Size 27 grams (approx. one scoop)
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 10
Total Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 0.5g
Cholesterol less than: 5mg
Total Carbohydrate: 4g
Protein (from HydroBEEF™) 21g
#3 – Enjoying quality protein bars
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Good Source of Calcium
Iron and Vitamin A
Packed with Omega3s
Superfood Ingredients including Maca, Goji, Flaxseed, Chia Seeds, and Spinach
Excellent Source of Plant-Based Protein
Gluten & Soy Free