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My husband and I have the ultimate whole 30 success story! The MAIN reason we even tried the whole 30 is because a friend of my younger sister's had been struggling with infertility for years and got pregnant immediately while she was on the whole 30 with no other fertility interventions. I'm 41, and my husband and I have been trying to conceive since last fall. In the past 8 months, I've been seeing an herbalist and acupuncturist, and cleaning up my diet in general (no dairy, no gluten, very little sugar). So my diet and health were already pretty sound. Then last month we did the whole 30, and two days ago we got a positive pregnancy test!! I'm THRILLED! At first, it kind of seemed like a shot in the dark, but my friend's success story inspired me to at least give it a try. Bingo!!! Not sure how exactly the Whole 30 provides such a fertility boost...I'd love to know more. I know it greatly reduces inflammation, but I think it is a hormone reset too? Anyway, we are so grateful!
Hi everyone, just beginning my whole30 journey. I am interested in improving my hormonal balance. At age 40, I was shocked to learn that my estrogen levels are almost absent and that my FSH is through the roof. I had no idea that I had any issues with fertility, and I have a 4 year old that I conceived without any interventions needed. The dr I saw was very sympathetic but made it clear that if I am going to have another kid, at this point it's looking like I won't be able to use my own eggs. She did say that her office is encouraging people to go gluten and dairy free, and that it was worth a try for me. I started to research that, which led me to whole30. I read "It Starts With Food" and wow a lot of the symptoms really do apply to me. I'm hoping that someone out there has had experience with whole30 improving their hormone levels. I really don't want to believe that I am in menopause already. I'm motivated to do whole30 for my own health so I can be here fully for the child I do have, but I'd love to have some glimmer of hope that it might improve my secondary ifertility as well.
Nikki_Stix posted a topic in Join the Whole30Hello! My name is Nicole and I am 30 years old, living in San Diego California. I have been married to my wonderful hubby for almost 7 years now (9/25/09!) and we have been raising his son from a previous marriage together since 2007. I have been SO ready to have a child of my own, and we have been trying for almost 3 years now. Officially 2, but I got off the pill about this time 3 years ago (after being on it for about 10 years) so I don't really count that first year of trying to get my body regular again. I have been totally gluten free and stay as GMO free as possible since March 2009 due to some GI issues in my early 20's, so I feel like I am relatively healthy over all. I don't smoke, I am a very light drinker (usually a glass of wine or gf beer, 1-2 times a week at most), and I also try to be mindful about the chemicals I use around my home and on/in my body. ALL THAT SAID, I have found these last two years of struggling with PCOS to be a real downer because I thought I was super healthy and would have no issues getting preggo when I decided I wanted to. Its been hugely deflating, I felt like I was on a never ending cycle of fertility doctor appointments and regimented treatments and all these steps that I really REALLY didn't want to take. But I did. I tried the clomid. I got preggo, I had an early miscarriage, and I had the depressing months that followed... which included a lot of denial about being as sad as I really was inside, and some bad eating habits (read, lots of ice cream). I decided that no fertility medicine would work on me if my body wasn't ready to receive and nurture this baby... so I gave up on treatments in May of this year to try and regulate myself sans drugs. But here I am, another 4 months gone by... I am SO OVER IT. I need to take control of my bad habits that are holding me and my fertility hostage. I can't say I've tried everything, if I haven't even given the Whole 30 a real shot. I thought at first, I don't need this program, I do most of that healthy stuff anyway... but really, I don't. I'm terrible about eating breakfast... its usually coffee and cream. I eat a small rushed lunch at the office. I eat a large, but healthy, meal for dinner and I always have my evening treat an hour before bed. I guess I figured that because I am relatively thin with no ailments, I must be healthy... but my hormones are all outta whack and I am sure my eating habits play a huge part in not being able to get pregnant. I know there is a lot of room for improvement, like making sure I eat when I wake up, making sure there are veggies/protein at each meal, making sure I am eating regularly throughout the day... I am hoping that my already "healthy" diet can help the transition be a little smoother. I've never attempted to give up dairy before, so this should be interesting. Maybe thats whats holding my body back?? I won't know until I know. I am ready for my 30 days, and am already encouraged by all of the stories I have read so far in this forum. Good luck to us all, cheers to our better selves! -Nikki Stix