Fertility recipes: improving one’s fertility starting from what we eat

The “Fertility Recipes” is a book that I care a lot about, born thanks to the collaboration with Cecilia Verga Falzacappa, nutritionist biologist with a doctorate in Molecular Medicine and Endocrinology, and Natalia Cattelani, who many of you will know for her fixed presence in “La Prova del Cuoco”, Cooking Teacher and author of the very popular blog All supervised by the skilled hands of Anna and Rachele Lo Piano.

Fertility recipes” is not just a cookbook but contains the indications to understand one’s fertile period, to understand what are the mechanisms that regulate the menstrual cycle, and explains why what we eat is so important to influence the stork’s journey to our homes.

More and more studies highlight the link between nutrition and physical well-being. In particular, in the reproductive field it has been seen that syndromes such as polycystic ovary can be kept at bay with a specific diet. Hormonal imbalance, both male and female obesity, are all conditions that negatively affect the ability to have a baby.

What can be done to improve the situation?

In addition to the necessary and irreplaceable medical support to understand the reasons why a child does not arrive, you can in the meantime begin to love yourself more by adopting a new lifestyle.

This also applies to those who do not have fertility problems but want to focus on their own health and that of the unborn child. Preconceptional health is very important for the well-being of the baby who will arrive.

When we talk about a healthy lifestyle, very often we simply say: “you have to do more movement and eat well”. Here we will explain in detail and also in a practical and simple way, what it means to eat well.

Fertility recipes: what does it mean to eat well?

What we mere mortals want to know is: what should I put on the table, in what portions and how should I cook it so that my general health and in particular my reproductive health can benefit?

Cecilia clearly explains the role of each nutrient on male and female fertility and how to intervene at the table to improve it. The whole theoretical part is followed by a tasty practice with the recipes of Natalia Cattelani. With lots of useful information and practical advice.

Each recipe is accompanied by photos showing the dishes made.

Fertility recipes

The book consists of four main parts and can be read together with your partner. Indeed I think it can be useful to face this journey together also from a culinary point of view, 🙂

The first chapter explains how the woman’s menstrual cycle works and the role of hormones from both a male and female point of view.

You will find indications to recognize your fertile period and understand the best time to target relationships and increase the chances of pregnancy.

With the second part, thanks to Cecilia, we go into detail to understand the link between nutrition and hormones and the role of the main nutrients on fertility.

We focus on the Mediterranean diet a very valid ally for physical well-being at any time of one’s life.
Fundamental are the food cards with which portions are defined and useful and practical indications are given to choose the foods that provide more nutrients that help fertility.
And last but not least the delicious and healthy recipes from the creative vein of Natalia Cattelani, divided into first courses, second vegetarian dishes, fish, meat, salads, bread, and small whims, desserts and superfoods.
Obviously, nutrition and lifestyle can help if the fertility problem is not related to the age of the woman (over 40 years the woman undergoes a significant decline in fertility, which begins to decrease already after 36 years) or other infectious or structural problems (closed tubes, abnormal morphology of the uterus, presence of polyps, etc. )

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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