2 little changes I’ve made after reading “It Starts with the Egg”

Mum100_blog_It_Starts_With_The_Egg_Rebecca_Fett_vitamin_D_plastic_BPA_IVF_fertilityI’ve had a few days now, to absorb all the information in Rebecca Fett’s book – “It Starts with the Egg”. I devoured this book in one sitting because the evidence base was so compelling. I rely far too much on Dr Google, so it was fantastic to read such clear guidance and see how much research Rebecca had studied to draw her conclusions (on the Kindle version of her book, p245 to p303 are the list of references she cites!).

To be honest, the book sent me into a bit of a spin for 24 hours. I thought, right, I have to implement every single one of Rebecca Fett’s recommendations today – ha! Thankfully, common sense has returned and now I have taken a couple of actions, which feel most relevant for me.

Vitamin D spray

I’ve topped up my vitamin supply with some Zita West Vitamin D spray. Here are three quotes from “It Starts with the Egg”, which convinced me this was a good idea – it’s possibly worth getting a test for vitamin D deficiency first, for those with time to play with, but my embryo transfer is just weeks away:

  • “In one of the most compelling studies, which was published in 2012, researchers at Columbia University and the University of Southern California measured vitamin D levels in nearly 200 women undergoing IVF. Of the Caucasian women in the group, the odds of pregnancy were four times higher for women with high vitamin D levels compared to those with a vitamin D deficiency. This trend was not seen in women of Asian ethnicity, but for Caucasian women there was such a powerful difference in the chance of becoming pregnant that it should make anyone about to go through IVF think twice about their own vitamin D levels.”
  • “It is not yet known how vitamin D is involved in fertility, but researchers suspect that one of the ways it may improve fertility is by making the uterine lining more receptive to pregnancy. Specifically, some scientists think that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to infertility by interrupting the estrogen system and also reducing production of antimullerian hormone which is involved in the growth of ovarian follicles. Another enticing clue about the role of vitamin D in fertility is the discovery that there are specific receptors for vitamin D in cells in the ovaries and the uterus.”
  • “It is likely that vitamin D supplements can only improve fertility if you are currently deficient, but a deficiency is surprisingly common, particularly in cooler climates. By some estimates, as much as 36% of the U.S. population is deficient, and the rate nearly doubled from 1994 to 2004. Researchers believe this is largely due to reduced time outdoors and greater use of sunscreen because even though we obtain small amounts from food, the vast majority of vitamin D in the body is made after skin is exposed to sunlight.”

Given the facts that I live in England, I work indoors and it’s been a long cold winter, I’m going for it.

Glass food storage containers

Secondly, I’ve chucked out my tatty plastic storage containers and I’ve bought a glass food storage set. They still have plastic lids, but they are BPA-free (which is the worst offender, according to Fett) and the food will only be in contact with glass. Rebecca writes that as long as you don’t damage the plastic by heating it up or washing with harsh detergents in hot water, then the nasty BPA is less likely to leach out. She suggests washing all plastics in cold water to minimise this.

Other information in “It Starts with the Egg”

There’s so much more good information in “It Starts with the Egg” about phthalates and other toxins, thyroid problems, vitamins, coenzyme Q10, Mediterranean diet, PCOS, DHEA for dimished ovarian reserve, blood sugar and insulin, antioxidants, sperm quality and much more – with basic, intermediate and advanced action plans to follow, if you want to implement suggestions she makes.

Finally, I love the quote Rebecca Fett puts at the start of her action plan chapter:

  • “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you are going to do now and do it” – William Durant

That sums it up for me because according to her book, I have made quite a few mistakes. But that’s alright, because I didn’t know any different!

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4 thoughts on “2 little changes I’ve made after reading “It Starts with the Egg”

  1. Interesting. I haven’t read the book… And I’m not Caucasian, but I’ve been taking Vitamin D after my immune / miscarriage / fertility specialist doc recommended it. He also recommended Omega 3, pregnacare and baby aspirin, not to mention the intralipids infusion and heparin, so I’ve been on a cocktail as well as IVF drugs!

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    1. Cocktail is definitely the right word. I’m only just starting out really – TTC since 2013, IVF since 2015. There is so much information out there about the ‘right things to do’, isn’t there? I think it’s great that you’re getting advice from a specialist doctor – all I want to know in this process is that I’m getting the best advice possible, then there’s nothing else I can do. How are you feeling at the mo? x

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  2. Totally with you on this! Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll have to read this. I didn’t know about cleaning the plastic lids, I too have replaced the plastic stuff with a glass set with plastic lids – thank you! I have found Ocado do a range of tinned tomatoes that are in BPA free packaging, hurrah! My husband thinks I am mad but everything helps right. I recently had a hair analysis done and it showed I was deficient in a few vitamins, etc. (one quite important one with pregnancy), I am now popping some pills :). Ps, am guessing you have read the Chimp Paradox, Mind Management?! xx

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    1. Hahaha, yeah Dad 100 thinks I’m totally bananas too. Love it. Thanks for tip about Ocado BPA free, that’s really helpful. No, I haven’t read that Chimp book, sounds right up my street. I will get it right away and give it to Professor Wilson to read!!! Onwards with our pregnancy adventures, my friend!

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