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article / 30 Jun 2017

Does diet affect fertility?

Talking Lifestyle

Talking Lifestyle

Many women struggle with their weight during pregnancy.

Hormone fluctuations, increased appetite and fatigue are just some of the pressures that make it difficult for women to stay within a healthy weight range. As a result, over 70 percent of women gain more weight than scientifically recommended, then struggle to lose it after having babies.

Melanie McGrice is a specialist fertility dietitian with a Master’s degree in Dietetics. She is passionate about working with women to improve their nutrition, one bite at a time; whether through her books, presentations, online programs, clinic or social media.

Does diet really have much impact on fertility?

It certainly does! A research study of 18,000 women found that making just 5 of 10 recommended dietary changes, increased fertility by 69%! For example, one of the ten strategies is simply to cut out soft drinks. Melanie is running a free webinar on this topic soon. If anyone’s interested, they can register at

Do you recommend a prenatal multi? If so, which one?

Definitely. One of the key reasons for taking a pre-natal multi is to boost our folate intakes. Folic acid helps to reduce the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida and cleft palates. Folate deficiency is still the primary cause of neural tube defects in Australia.

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