Just last week in Fertile Yoga, we were talking about pomegranate juice. No idea why, it’s just what came up. The conversation expanded to include comments about certain herbal teas (chamomile was mentioned) and then we were onto supplements.
There was a lot of back and forth comments. More comments than questions. One question that kept recurring was what to tell the doctors and what not to. The general consensus was that it wasn’t necessary to tell your fertility doctors a lot of these things.
And then Carolyn Gundell, RMACT’s nutritionist, brought this article to our attention today. She sent it to everyone on the RMACT team because it’s that important. It’s important and it’s alarming.
It relates back to the conversation last week.
What Should You Tell Your Fertility Doctor?
What do you need to tell your fertility specialist that you are taking?
Very simple answer.
- If you are using a food as a healing or therapeutic tool, such as three cups of pomegranate juice a day or two pineapples a day, do you need to tell your doctor?
- If you have weaned yourself off a prescribed dosage of anti-depressant because you feel it would be healthier for a subsequent pregnancy to use something more natural, like St. John’s Wort, do you need to tell your doctor?
- What about if you want to start a new, intensive exercise regime?
Tell your doctor. Better yet, ask what they think about it.
Considering a cleanse? Where you limit your food, and take a protein powder?
Please, please, please.
Tell your doctor.
Consider that your RMACT team; your doctor, your nurse, your patient navigator, your financial services representative, your nutritionist, your acupuncturist, your therapist and more are all here to provide you with the best fertility care possible. (If you are with a different fertility program, hopefully you have a team there that you trust.)
To provide the best care possible, your caregivers need to know what you are putting into your body.
Does that make this some weird sort of relationship where you do everything your doctor tells you to, without question?
Your decisions are yours to make. Your team is here to provide the best scientific and medical advice possible. They’re here to provide the most knowledgeable, current information, founded in reliable research and data.
Your Fertility Journey – A Partnership Between You & Your Fertility Care Team
This is a partnership. And in the RMACT structure, you are a full partner.
You share information with us so that we can create the best fertility treatment protocols for you specifically. We share information with you so that you can make informed decisions that you are comfortable with.
So yes, if you are taking a supplement or herb, considering a dramatic change in lifestyle or in any other way affecting your body or mind, your team needs to know about it.
That’s what partners do. They share information.
So please, if you are making these kinds of decisions for yourself, let us know.
Topics: Nutrition Program