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Cavegirlmegan

Looking for conception success stories

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We've been trying to conceive for about a year and doing any number of alternative methods not the least of which is nutrition.  (I would really like to avoid the fertility specialist route)

 

I was wondering if anyone would share their whole30 or just nutrition success stories when it came to them trying to conceive.  I could use a little hope and inspiration, and would love to hear your happy stories!  Thank you!

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Well I don`t know if this will help. 

 

My husband and I weren`t trying to get pregnant. In fact I was on the depo shot which had been serving me well for quite some time. I started my first whole 30 and here we are a few weeks later. Surprise. Pregnant!

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Wow, you were choked full of synthetic hormones on Depo and the whole 30 cleansed it right out!  Surprise indeed!  That's amazing.  I know you were expecting it, but Congratulations!  Meant to be!  Looks like you already have a little boy, is he excited for a brother or sister?

 

Thanks for posting!

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I wasn't W30 when we concieved but I was mostly paleo so i'm sure that helped, plus I was charting my cycle so we knew when the prime dates were.  However we didn't actually concieve until we both took up the mindset of "just let it happen" because up until then we're been actively trying for a good 6 months or more, after we relaxed some it just happened.

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Wow, you were choked full of synthetic hormones on Depo and the whole 30 cleansed it right out!  Surprise indeed!  That's amazing.  I know you were expecting it, but Congratulations!  Meant to be!  Looks like you already have a little boy, is he excited for a brother or sister?

 

Thanks for posting!

He's autistic so I'm not sure if he really gets it yet. He'll be great though. He loves little kids.

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I know this isn't what you asked for, but I just can't help but tell this story. We'd been TTC for over three years and I was also trying to avoid fertility drugs. My doctor wanted me to take some drug that would put me into menopause for three months, then start fertility drugs. I said no. She said, "Well, then get used to just having one," I already had a six year old. So, I decided to get used to having one, but I was making good money at the time and thought "Why not try acupuncture?" I didn't have anything to lose. I ovulated right away after starting acupuncture, did not conceive that time, but did the next cycle. So, like six weeks of acupuncture AND have gone on to have a surprise little one after that.

I do think nutrition can help you conceive though and wouldn't be a bit surprised if there are lots of women who find it easeir to conceive after whole30. Good luck!

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Thanks ladies. Rory, thanks for sharing about acupuncture. I'm definitely doing at too And it's great to hear a success story about that as well!

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Hi! I wasn't trying to conceive either, but also got pregnant during this Whole30 that I just finished yesterday (but I plan to stay paleo 99% of the time after this). My cycles have been all weird since I had my last child who is now 9.5!! Charting your cycle really does help, and it is easy to learn how to do it. I use the NFP method described in "The Art of Natural Family Planning." Also, I read a book called "Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition." While I did not follow the nutrition advice that includes grains and such, I did try the vitamin supplements that were specifically recommended for my particular cycle irregularities/problems. I was just trying to heal my body and get my periods back to how they should be....the pregnancy was a bonus. :)  Good luck to you!!

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You could also check in with Chris Kresser's Healthy Baby Code.

 

He and his wife were struggling to conceive, so he dove into the fertility research about nutrients that could impact fertility. His daughter Sylvie just turned two, I believe.

 

Anyway, Chris put his months of research into an learning resource called the healthy baby code. There was a good Q&A that Melissa and Dallas had on the 9Blog last year:

 

http://whole9life.com/2012/12/chris-kresser/

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Well guys- I'm super excited to wrap up this thread with my own success story!  That's right! I'm pregnant!  The holistic approach finally worked.  I really appreciate the support and information on this site!

 

For posterity sake:

We were trying for 16 months.  One whole30 and a paleo-majority diet for the last 8 months, some off-wagon periods throughout.  Acupuncture, supplements and chinese herbs. 

I will probably start a new thread, either here or in the post-whole30 forum to blog about my pregnancy.  Hooray!

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Hi! I wasn't trying to conceive either, but also got pregnant during this Whole30 that I just finished yesterday (but I plan to stay paleo 99% of the time after this). My cycles have been all weird since I had my last child who is now 9.5!! Charting your cycle really does help, and it is easy to learn how to do it. I use the NFP method described in "The Art of Natural Family Planning." Also, I read a book called "Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition." While I did not follow the nutrition advice that includes grains and such, I did try the vitamin supplements that were specifically recommended for my particular cycle irregularities/problems. I was just trying to heal my body and get my periods back to how they should be....the pregnancy was a bonus. :)  Good luck to you!!

agtriv... I finished my whole30 aug 13th.... and conceived around Aug 4-10. Crazy!

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So, I learned of our conception about 2 weeks after finishing whole30. We are first timers, first time trying to conceive, first time parents! I had been tracking my fertility for about 3 years (in order to NOT get pregnant, naturally), so its not like it was 'beginners luck' exactly. I didn't plan ahead of time to try during whole30, but when I hit my fertility window, we were in that frame of mind, so we went for it... pretty much expecting that it wouldn't work. Well... it worked! I have been in the health and fitness profession for 10 years, and while not even close to whole30 standards most of that time, I would say I have maintained good health.  But I learned a lot on the program. The whole30 experience has definitely set me up for a healthy pregnancy... and post-partum recovery. I know I won't be 100% W30, more like 80% probably. 

 

Good luck to you!

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My husband and I were both in the middle of a W30 when we conceived...I had done W30s before, but it was his first and I strongly believed it helped us conceive so fast (as my husband is a sugar addict normally!). I'm now the proud mama of a 3 week old boy! :) 

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Just found out I am pregnant with #2!  this is the second time I've gotten pregnant on a whole30, both times after trying to conceive for months.  My husband eats full paleo and started eating meat after being a lifelong vegetarian.  I'm a carnivore who still struggles with her sugar demons.  At almost 36, it feels good to have pregnancy come so easily.

 

Congrats to all the other mamas on here!

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We just found out we're pregnant with number six - conceived right smack in the middle of the Whole30. I think the nutrition definitely helped me, as I think I'm somewhat insulin resistant (I have high blood sugar that I have to control with diet during the last months of my pregnancy). I also chart, as we are practicing Catholics that use NFP. So it does help for seeing when you ovulate and for checking that you have a long enough luteal phase. Best wishes, Cavegirlmegan!

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Hey Ladies! I too was in the midst of my whole 30 along with reading Dr. jack Kruse Leptin reset. I was increasing my morning protein, eating only 3 meals no snacking, whole 30 approved meals. I started this about six weeks ago. I had not had a menstrual cycle for months!! Only two weeks into this I had one of my heaveiest cycles, major ovulation signs two weeks after. To my SURPRISE, I sit here five weeks Pregnant!!! It starts with food, amazingly so!!! <3

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Just found out I am pregnant with #2!  this is the second time I've gotten pregnant on a whole30, both times after trying to conceive for months.  My husband eats full paleo and started eating meat after being a lifelong vegetarian.  I'm a carnivore who still struggles with her sugar demons.  At almost 36, it feels good to have pregnancy come so easily.

 

Congrats to all the other mamas on here!

I too am 36 with terrible sugar demons. Not knowing pregnancy could come this easy after trying for a year. It was my birthday surprise!

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We did a Whole30 in August and found out in early September that I am pregnant! We had never 'tried' to get pregnant before, and it only took the one cycle. We've been eating paleo for about 4 years and have done multiple Whole30's in the last couple of years.  I would definitely say that this lifestyle can make both getting pregnant and your actual pregnancy much easier.

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We had tried to conceive for 6 months and I'm almost 41 and figured my hormones were out of balance.. That was one of the things that drew me to the Whole 30.. We just found out we are expecting and really feel it's due to the Whole 30 miracle! This also motivates me greatly to keep eating this way.. I feel great! Best of luck to you :)

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