Can Keto Help with Fertility? One Man Thinks the Diet Got His Wife Pregnant

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

But one man is now claiming that not only did keto help him and his wife lose weightit also helped them conceive.

On Monday, the man took to Reddit to excitedly share the news that his wife was expecting a baby after the two of them had been following the keto diet for three months.

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My wife just called me and told me she was pregnant, the Original Poster (or OP in Reddit lingo) wrote. We had to do IVF for our last baby and we were gearing up for the next round! Weve both been on keto for 3 months now and have lost 25 lbs each.

The OP explained that the couple had been trying for their second baby for two years, but because his sperm count and sperm quality were atrocious, as he put it, they were unable to conceive on their own. To have their first child, it took three years of trying before they turned to IVF.

And now 3 months after cutting out all sugar shes pregnant!!!! the OP happily ended his post.

Within a day, the post blew up, receiving more than 1,800 upvotes and over 200 comments. Many users wrote that they'd heard of this phenomenon before.

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Keto babies are a thing, one user wrote. Lots of people end up pregnant, wanted or not. My husband and I take extra precautions while I'm on keto. But this sounds like a good thing for y'all, so CONGRATS!!

Are you us? Our #1 was ivf...7 months of Keto and BAM..pregnant after 2 months of passively trying before gearing up for another round of IVF, another user added.

So can the keto diet actually improve fertility? Unfortunately, science doesn't have a clear answer.

Some research supports a possible connection: A 2017 study in the journal Nutrients suggests that a low-carb diet might have a positive effect on hormones that influence female fertility.

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ishonest reached out to two fertility doctors for their insight, and both suggested that keto's supposed fertility powers might be a byproduct of its success as a weight-loss plan.

Frederick Licciardi, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist and professor at NYU Langone Fertility Center in New York, also believes that weight loss may have been the deciding factor for the OP, rather than something specific about the keto diet itself.

Of course, we can't know for sure exactly how the keto diet helped the OP and his wife conceiveor if the keto diet played a role at all. But the fertility experts we spoke to didn't rule it out. Perhaps the parents in those keto baby groups are onto something.

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