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Study: 'Fertility diet' can improve chance of pregnancy
03:20 - Source: HLN
CNN  — 

When it comes to diets, there are many varieties from which to choose: weight loss, plans to lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, and foods to fuel endurance athletes. Now, there’s a diet that claims it can boost a woman’s chances of having a baby.

The diet was developed by Drs. Jorge Chavarro and Walter Willett, both of the Harvard School of Public Health, based on their extensive data analysis of the Nurses’ Health Study, one of the largest and longest-running studies of women’s health in America.

After reviewing the diets of more than 18,000 women who did not have a history of infertility but who were trying to get pregnant, they found that the quality of your diet, along with how active you are and whether you smoke, can stack the reproductive deck in your favor.

For those having trouble conceiving, “high-tech medicine isn’t the only answer,” Chavarro and Willett wrote in their book, “The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant.”

What other experts say

Other experts say Chavarro and Willett’s diet may be helpful to improve fertility for women with ovulatory disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome, often called PCOS. “It is an overall healthy way of eating and can help women improve their intake of key