Most women benefit from improving their eating habits when they are trying to get pregnant. Beyond this, when a woman optimizes her overall health, in turn she will improve her ability to conceive, decrease complications in pregnancy, and support a healthy child. While there is no one fertility food that will lead to pregnancy, overall nutrition is marked by a well-balanced diet that provides a variety of nutrients that support ovulatory, hormonal and overall reproductive balance. This dietary intake should include low-fat protein and dairy, essential fats, complex carbohydrates (e.g., whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables).
RMACT’s Nutrition Program, in collaboration with RMACT’s physicians, is designed to evaluate and support the management of metabolic and endocrine conditions that often negatively impact fertility, including insulin resistance, diabetes, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), elevated cholesterol, celiac disease, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, hypertension, gastrointestinal disorders, underweight and overweight concerns.
In particular, RMACT is renowned for its work with PCOS patients. PCOS is a common condition, affecting 5 – 10% of women of reproductive age, and is best managed through lifestyle changes such as improved quality of sleep, daily activity, and healthy, well-balanced and structured meals.
Nutrition appointments for RMACT patients are covered by most health insurance policies with an in-house referral from your RMACT physician. Nutrition evaluations and follow up visits are available for RMACT patients at all our Connecticut locations.
RMACT’s Nutrition Program is led by Carolyn Gundell, M.S.
Carolyn has a great passion for nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices, as well as their link to successful fertility treatment and pregnancy. She engages her patients as active participants to empower them to learn how to choose a healthy, fertile meal plan, be physically active, and optimize their overall wellness for conception. Carolyn helps her patients find balance in their already stressful lives by teaching self-compassion, mindful eating, and simple nutritious and lifestyle behaviors. RMACT’s nutrition program is culturally sensitive, and customized to match the individual’s personal food likes and lifestyle.
Carolyn earned her Masters Degree in Metabolic Nutrition from Columbia University, and completed her undergraduate studies in Biology/Nutrition at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. She has played an influential role at RMACT through the screening and management of diabetes and PCOS. Carolyn has also provided nutrition support to patients at Pediatric Endocrine & Diabetes Specialists in Norwalk, CT; Yale University Medical Center’s Obesity, Diabetes, PCOS Clinic; and The Yale Fertility Center.
With over 20 years of nutrition experience, Carolyn has a special interest in helping women with conditions that affect fertility, including insulin resistance, diabetes Type1/Type 2, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), lipid disorders, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, underweight and overweight concerns.
Click here to schedule an appointment with Carolyn. Information about RMACT’s nutrition seminars, can be found here. In addition, “Tools for Fertility, Preconception and Pregnancy Success” virtual audio seminars are posted on the RMACT private patient portal.