February is Healthy Heart Month: Go Red & Enhance Your Fertility
February goes red. Red for Valentine's Day and love. And red for heart healthy month.
While infertility focuses on our reproductive organs; ovaries, fallopian tubes and uteruses for women and testicles and vas deferens for men, everything is interrelated. Our endocrine system (pituitary, hypothalamus and thyroid glands) drives our reproductive endocrine system .
And our heart is the pump that we rely on every moment of our lives. In fact, it's the first sign that we look for in early pregnancy- a heartbeat.
More Women Die From Heart Disease Than Cancer
A few reminders from the American Heart Association:
More women die from heart disease than cancer. That sounds dire, doesn't it? The upside of this is that there are so many heart healthy choices that we can make to prevent and stall heart disease. And there are small changes that we can make that make big differences.
Heart Healthy Changes to Enhance Fertility
The American Heart Association is offering a lot of help. Making changes alone is often unsustainable so consider joining a group, getting an exercise tracker, turning the pedometer on your smartphone on, joining a gym, or finding an online or local in-person group, GoRedGetFit from the American Heart Association offers Challenge 4: 30 minutes of cardio (walking!) at least 5 days a week (which is also what Carolyn Gundell, MS, Fertility Nutritionist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) suggests). Limiting saturated fat consumption to 13 grams per day.
Heart Disease Risk Factors
The American Heart Association reminds you of the risk factors that you can manage or control:
- High blood pressure
- High blood cholesterol
- Lack of regular activity
- Obesity or overweight
Make an Appointment with a Fertility Nutritionist
EXTRA TIP for February. This is the month to make an appointment with Carolyn Gundell, MS, RMACT Fertility Nutritionist. It's not all about food or weight or even diet. Through RMACT's Nutrition Program, Ms. Gundell can guide you through the maze of food choices that are being touted as the best or the only way to become more healthy. It can be confusing with all the information that is out there to know what is best for you. Getting a personalized plan based on your particular needs and blood work means a much higher rate of success in becoming a healthier you.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.