(Closed) Thoughts on Dairy while TTC

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ecomaha:  I think it all depends on your body and also your fertility issues. My AP suggests to avoid dairy as much as possible and if I cave to only consume full fat and organic products. I think many other TCM practitioners  are suggesting the same thing (including the Making Babies book). I think it is to avoid the extra hormones that can be found in regular dairy products and to help with digestion/stomach issues that so many of us have. Before I’ve switched to an almost non-dairy diet I would be bloated all the time (especially around ovulation and just before AF; right at the time when all the hormones shift in your body). Now all the bloating is gone. I’m interested to see what others have to say.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I never heard of this. I drank a glass of 2% milk at dinner every night when TTC and I still do now.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I personally don’t eat much dairy but I wouldn’t cut it entirely out of my diet.  I eat cheese, ice cream and yogurt plus I have the occasional glass of skim milk.  I don’t plan to change that when TTC.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@ecomaha:  Cheese isn’t dairy, is it? I’m a total cheese-loving-girl and this is the one thing I will not give up. I don’t have it on a daily basis any more but I still have it once in a while. Goat cheese seems to be better on my stomach than cow cheese. I’m not sure about the greek yoghurt. But I would think as long as you eat it in moderations your fine (assuming you don’t have any stomach/digestive and hormonal issues).

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have heard that you should have at least one full fat serving of dairy a day while TTC, but I heard it from a friend, not a doctor. But calcium is so important and dairy is generally the best source of it. 

I don’t drink milk because it upsets my stomach a lot (moderately lactose intolerant) but I eat cheese in moderation– full fat because that is actually better for lactose intolerance. 

@elchalten:  Goat cheese is also better for people who are lactose intolerant than other cheeses. Also most people who are somewhat lactose intolerant can have yogurt just fine– it’s never upset my stomach, so I make a point to eat it since its my one upset stomach-free dairy option. 

So, no, i haven’t changed my dairy intake since TTC, but it was already a little low due to my stomach issues. Now that I think about it, though, I might make the switch to organic products when I do have it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@foodnerd81:  That is very interesting! Maybe I do have a light lactose intolerance as I get a pretty bad bloat when I drink milk. I’m doing OK with cheese as long as I eat it in moderations and don’t melt it. I also find hard cheese easier to stomach than soft cheese. Maybe I’ll give organic yoghurt a try and see how I feel. Thanks for the tips – much appreciated.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I can’t believe I didn’t know this, since I feel like I’ve researched everything else relating to TTC!  I just googled and found this article:  http://www.parenting.com/article/go-full-fat-when-it-comes-dairy-products

I only have milk with my cereal, and then it’s only a few times a week.  I’m already doing organic milk cause I was concerned about the hormones.  I’m wondering if I should switch to whole milk just for my cereal.  I do eat greek yogurt pretty often – should I go full fat with that too?  

I may have to quit milk altogether, those extra calories could really add up!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I haven’t been able to figure out the greek yogurt thing. It seems like it’s all non fat, and maybe naturally thats just how it is?

When TTC I’ve switched to full fat dairy. Before I was a skim milk fro yo loving girl!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Just FYI regarding goat cheese ( which I LOVE!!) make sure the kind you’re eating is pasteurized since the un-pasteurized is a no-no during pregnancy secondary to risk of listeria. Trader Joe’s sells a few that I found and was so happy since I’m 17 weeks and was so sad when I thought couldn’t have it!!

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