The Atkins Diet and infertility were recently linked in a study done with mice, but it is too soon to say whether this applies to humans. The study was small and limited, and there are many doctors who have reserved judgment until more studies on the connection between the Atkins diet and infertility are done, particularly on women instead of mice.
Some doctors say there are three things that indicate the results of this study (the only one so far that suggests any link between the Atkins Diet and fertility problems) are flawed:
In fact, obesity is often a real problem for women trying to get pregnant. It interferes with ovulation and can make you too unhealthy to sustain a full-term pregnancy. If you are trying to conceive, losing weight often helps – and the Atkins Diet is a good, safe way to lose weight relatively quickly without taking diet pills that could have potential side effects.
Being overweight also adds to the risk of complications during pregnancy, so losing some weight while you are trying to get pregnant (and before you start trying) is a good thing. It will help in several ways:
Dr. Atkins' Diet Plan can help you in the long run if you are looking forward to becoming pregnant. The best way to do this is to use the Atkins Diet to lose weight before you begin trying to conceive. I say this because you should probably wait until you are in the “Weight Loss” phase, and not in the “Induction Phase.” This way you will be eating a wider variety of foods. You should also always take a prenatal vitamin while trying to conceive so that you are getting all of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body will need while you are carrying a baby.
So if you feel your weight may be contributing to your infertility, talk to your doctor about starting the Atkins Diet. When you have reached an optimal weight, you may be surprised at how quickly you conceive.
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