Lifestyle choices affect all areas of your life. Optimizing your health—by eating well, exercising and avoiding smoking and alcohol—can increase your chance of becoming pregnant, and of having an uncomplicated pregnancy and delivery. SRM is proud to offer Food for Fertility, a group workshop focused on the needs of women struggling with infertility and excess body weight.
The First Step
Food for Fertility is led by Judy Simon, MS, RD. An expert in reproductive nutrition, Judy is dedicated to providing the information and motivation you need to incorporate healthy habits into your life. Participants, with their partner if possible, first meet with Judy for a 75-minute information gathering session; she will work one-on-one with you to develop a personalized nutrition and exercise program. The plan is based on your lifestyle, lab results, weight, and fertility goals.
What to Expect
The program is comprised of six weekly 2-hour sessions. Each session is highly interactive and designed to provide you with lifestyle information and skill building to promote weight management and fertility. Each session involves cooking, a “food of the week,” meal planning, and some light exercise. Many of our patients have found that the most valuable aspect of the class is the sense of support you get from peers. After class, you can join us for a 30-minute fitness walk along beautiful Lake Union.
We aim for a 5% weight loss over the course of the program. Everyone’s experience is different, but we have found that 5% is achievable for most women. We encourage participants to have their metabolic labs redone after the program; many find that their lab results have totally normalized as a result of the healthy habits they have incorporated into their life.
“Food for Fertility is a fantastic class that helps women struggling with infertility make healthy lifestyle changes in food and exercise one step at a time. It allows you to meet up with other women struggling with the same difficulties and provides a great support network. It also helps you to learn to try out new foods you may never have tried before such as chia, kale, and quinoa. Judy Simon is amazing—she makes things interesting and provides excellent education, advice, and support for all women who take this class. I highly recommend it.”
“Being part of the Food for Fertility program through SRM helped me to prepare myself both physically and mentally for pregnancy, and enabled me to focus my energy on being the best possible mother to my babies from the earliest possible moment.”
“I appreciated the hands on support.” “Mindfullness training was most valuable”. “I’d take the class again. “
“Being mindful of what’s most beneficial for my body; learning how to eat without shame”
“Very informative class and I would recommend them to everyone with or without fertility issues”. “The weekly goals helped a lot!”
What was most valuable? “The groups support and recipes; real life applications.” “Making friends and learning about nutrition and fertility”.
How to join the Food for Fertility session…
The next Food for Fertility session will begin Fall 2019. Please contact Judy Simon to register for the next session:
9:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Seattle Reproductive Medicine
1505 Westlake Ave N, 3rd floor, Seattle, WA 98109
For graduates, women new to the program, or women waiting for the next series to begin, Judy offers monthly classes throughout the year. Participants meet for about 2 hours on a Saturday for a lesson in healthy eating and a 30-minute walk.
The Egg Whisper Show featuring Dr. Angela Thyer and Judy Simon, MS, RD talks about “Strategies to Support Fertility through Diet.” It’s more than a discussion about diet, but a healthy lifestyle change.