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It Starts with the Egg (Second Edition): How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF Kindle Edition
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"With detailed, up to date research Rebecca Fett provides a clear, cool-headed guide to both the science that determines IVF success, and the practical changes that patients can make to drastically increase their chances of IVF success." - Dr. Lindsay Wu, Laboratory for Ageing Research, University of New South Wales Medical Center, Australia.
"Rebecca Fett's stellar constellation of perspective, experience, knowledge, and scientific background may well revolutionize our current global conversation, understanding and practices related to fertility... It is hard to overestimate the impact that this book may have on the lives of many." - Dr. Claudia Welch, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life.
"It Starts with the Egg presents a reasoned and balanced review of the latest science linking environmental chemicals to reduced fertility and other health problems. Readers will find sound advice for how to avoid chemicals of concern, providing a useful guide for couples that want to improve their chances of a healthy pregnancy." - Dr. Laura Vandenberg, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Public Health.
"With 'It Starts with the Egg,' Rebecca Fett delivers a much needed overview on the available scientific evidence regarding the influence of nutrition on fertility and fertility treatment, providing a valuable resource for couples trying to conceive." - Dr. John Twigt, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Erasmus Medical Center, Netherlands.
"This is a very useful resource: well-researched, accessibly written and with easy-to-follow take-home messages and action plans. I would recommend this to any woman who is trying to conceive." - Dr. Claire Deakin, University College London.
"Rebecca has done a great service for all women, children, and future generations by starting at the beginning of a human life and examining which toxic chemicals cause harm to the egg... This book is a wonderful addition to the growing library of information on toxic exposures." - Debra Lynn Dadd, Author of Toxic Free: How to Protect Your Health and Home from the Chemicals That Are Making You Sick.
"Rebecca Fett's 'It Starts with the Egg' is a complete guide to everything a woman can do to improve her egg quality before trying to conceive..."It Starts with the Egg" also breaks information down in easy-to-digest bullet points that show exactly what to do to get to where you want to be: the parent of a happy, healthy, gorgeous baby." - Cheryl Alkon, author of Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby.
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"It Starts With The Egg uses the latest fertility research to show that women can take a proactive stand in assuring egg health and production, complimenting physician efforts to support fertility and health. Thus the specific strategies offered here are solidly backed by the latest medical research, not idealism; and they provide women with step-by-step options that are easily followed and clearly outlined...The text is lively, easily grasped, and blends solid science with all the background readers need to thoroughly comprehend the subject, from the history of fertility efforts to modern approaches...it doesn't get any clearer, more contemporary, or any easier than It Starts With The Egg. Any aspiring parent needs to add this self-help primer to their fertility program!"
- Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"For couples or individuals thinking of conceiving, and for those who have endured miscarriages, or been labeled with low fertility, this practical rendering of how to improve one's chances for pregnancy should be required reading."
- San Francisco Book Review
"I wish this book had of been available when I first commenced IVF and before I miscarried four babies; it would have prevented me from some of the blind alley's and false turns I have pursued. In my view, this is a must read for those who want to get pregnant naturally and are having some difficulties, for those undertaking IVF, and for those who have experienced multiple miscarriages. I could not put this book down, riveted as I was to the simple explanations of complex science. I now find myself informed and empowered regarding the reasons and possible solutions for my infertility. It all makes much more sense now."
- Carolyn Martinez, The Compulsive Reader
- ASIN : B07NJ85ZFJ
- Publisher : Franklin Fox Publishing; 2nd edition (February 28, 2019)
- Publication date : February 28, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 593 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 328 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,428 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I threw out all our plastic kitchen stuff and bought ceramic/glass containers and bowls etc. No takeaways as they come hot in plastic. No disposable coffee cups or receipts. No perfume. Only use moisturisers that are natural like Faith organics. Bodyshop would also be fine.
Also bought a water filter and cut out alcohol and caffeine. Also cut out a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates. After 14 months TTC I have a positive pregnancy test today - about 2 months after buying this book.
I took all the supplements advised in the book for my situation.
Also followed all the advice :
- got rid of all the plastic in the house
- replaced toiletries and household products to non toxic
- no perfume or nail polish
- organic and healthy food
- better sleep
- no alcohol , no coffee ( I didn’t drink coffee before and not much alcohol so it was easy)
- I was in a much better state and shape
- I felt great and full of hope
But despite the 4 months of preparation my results were worse in quantity and quality. We had the same meds just slightly higher dose and the same sperm from the same frozen batch so the only thing was different - were my eggs after all the preparation and there were less of them and they were worse quality.
When they told me that I had less quantity - I still was full of hope and thought that at least the quality should be better but I was wrong.
Here is the comparison.
Before the book and change I had 6 eggs, 6 fertilized and 2 great quality embryos: one transferred and one frozen. It failed. But still have the frozen in the bank.
After applying the advice from the book:
5 eggs, 4 fertilized , 2 very average quality embryos , so both were transferred and none frozen, none took off.
We had a successful IVF before those two attempts and have an amazing son.
Unfortunately the book gave me false expectations and I was really surprised to see such poor results.
I did enjoy making some of the changes and will keep them as part of my lifestyle.
But this book and around £1500 I’ve spend on all the changes and supplements didn’t make any positive difference to our IVF cycle.
Exactly a year ago (Nov 18) DH (33) and I (29) were preparing for our IVF/ICSI cycle. This was due to severe Male Factor. His sperm was surgically retrieved a few months before and it was my turn. They then discovered I had low ovarian reserve so we weren’t expecting too many eggs but to our dismay we only got 5. Non of them fertilised (possibly coz of frozen sperm, sperm viability, possibly coz of egg quality). It was a really low point in life and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
I’m a reader and an optimist so I started researching heavily and came across this book in January this year. I followed some of the key bits of advice, and the advice relevant to me (changed my prenatal, started on CoQ10, and didn’t start on DHEA despite wanting to - my bloods came back normal so didn’t make sense to rock that boat yet). I also got my husband on supplements (vitamins, CoQ10) and his doctor prescribed him Clomid. We also (mildly) followed some of the lifestyle and diet recommendations.
Now the clinic had agreed to batch retrieve my eggs as my count was low and the plan was collect and freeze eggs over a few cycles while DH is on Clomid and prepares for yet another MicroTese to try with fresh (but still immotile) sperm.
HOWEVER at my retrieval in March (2–3 months after the changes), they got 14 eggs (12 mature!). It was unbelievable! I had another retrieval in May where they got 12 eggs. So I now had 26 eggs frozen away. From having 5 eggs just five months before....! I really want to thank you Rebecca!!
The rest of the story is miraculous too...my DH’s microTese yielded good results and the clinic went out of their way to ensure the lab has the right sperm viability test this time (HOS test) and also made sure to use the sperm fresh from the tese. As the sperm sample was decent we decided to thaw all 26 of my eggs. 22 survived and were injected. 15 fertilised (!) and 7 made it to Blastocyst. Nothing short of a miracle and I still tear up thinking about it.
We had a frozen embryo transfer in August and I’m blessed to say we’re 16w pregnant.
Please buy this book - it changed our lives. You can get snippets of advice from reviews but it’s best to read the research, the analysis for yourself and see what’s best for your situation. I believe there’s a V2 - get that by all means. And all the very best on your journey.
Thank you Rebecca - God bless you.