BONUS 220: Nutrition During an IVF Cycle

August 16, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Liz Shaw, a registered dietician nutritionist and author of several books, including The Stress-Free IVF Nutrition Guide.

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Liz and Heather discuss how to create nutritional plan for your upcoming IVF cycle:

INTRODUCTION

  • Let’s reintroduce you to the listeners who did not hear your appearance on BONUS 121. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose to specialize in nutrition?
  • Take us through your career, including how you ended up in private practice.
  • Take us through the journey to build your own family.

IVF NUTRITION

  • What role does nutrition play in IVF?
  • Is there a one-size-fits-all approach to IVF nutrition? Why or why not?
    • Mediterranean Diet
    • Fertility Diet
    • Pro-Fertility Diet
  • What are nutrient-dense foods, and why are they important?
    • High-antioxidant fruits and veggies
    • Pulses, soy, eggs, and protein
    • Fish and seafood
    • Dairy
    • Nuts, seeds, oils, and other healthy fats
    • Whole grains
  • What supplements do you recommend during an IVF cycle, why, and in what doses?
  • Let’s talk lifestyle. What guidelines should listeners remember about:
    • Fitness
    • Self-care
    • BPA exposure
    • Caffeine
    • Alcohol
    • Drug use
  • Do you have any post-retrieval recommendations?
  • To tie everything together, what action steps can listeners take now?
  • What’s the best way to stay abreast of research in this area?
  • How can listeners find support and stay motivated?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

THE BOOK

  • What compelled you to write this book?
  • Who is the ideal reader?
  • Other than what we’ve discussed today, what additional information can listeners find in your book?
  • Where can listeners purchase a copy of your book?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s about to start an IVF cycle?

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