The Infertility Diet:
Get Pregnant and Prevent Miscarriage

by Fern Reiss, 1999. (Newton, Massachusetts: Peanut Butter and Jelly Press, $24.95, 288 pages, paperback)

Good diet and a healthy outlook can alter so many ailments and illnesses. Fern Reiss takes this concept into the realm of pregnancy. She proposes that a sound diet, including certain hormone-balancing nutrients, can help put a woman’s body into the ideal state to conceive and carry a child. In vitro fertilization can cost more than $8,000. For $24.95, you can read and implement this fertility diet as a holistic first step to becoming pregnant and reducing the chance of miscarriage.

This book is recommended to anyone looking for a lifestyle change that has the potential to increase the odds of conceiving. It is a great resource for practitioners who are asked fertility awareness questions. The book addresses issues on why eating right helps to attain fertility, how diet can prevent miscarriage and how diet works synergistically in our bodies to create the perfect balance. Reiss also discusses how habits such as smoking and eating processed foods can affect this balance. Everyday things such as food coloring, MSG and artificial sweeteners can contribute to infertility.

Reiss goes on to suggest common foods that should be eaten daily to achieve the right fertility nutrients: Yams are known for their anti-estrogen effect, which stimulates ovaries to release eggs. Garlic is recommended for its antioxidant and antibiotic effects, both of which reduce harmful bacteria, especially candida, that can affect fertility. Soy products are high in calcium, protein and fertility-balancing qualities. Kelp carries many essential minerals that enhance thyroid performance. The vitamin E in wheat germ is important in preventing miscarriages. Reiss’s recommendations for this diet are explained in an easy-to-understand fashion. The book contains a question and answer section that gives readers good insight on how others use the diet and how they might use it themselves. Sample menus and recipes round out this book. These delicious recipes make it fun to cook with the foods Reiss suggests.

All in all, this is a wonderfully encouraging book that is both practical and cost-effective. It is important information for all women, but especially for those who are pregnant or trying to conceive. The recommendations are healthful and easy for all to follow.

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