It Starts with the Egg is an informative, well-organized read. The majority of the book focuses on egg health with the exception of one chapter which is dedicated to sperm quality. The somewhat controversial and insightful message of Fett is that age is not the sole determinant in egg quality. instead, Fett claims, it is the 4 months prior to conception that are the biggest predictor in the health of your baby. Good news for older parents. Also a good motivator for all to take the time to create the optimal environment for your baby-to-be.
Some of the topics in this book include diet, toxins (BPA and phalates), supplements, dental care, as well as the importance in testing for thyroid and celiac diseases.
My favorite take-aways include information on:
- BPA and how important it is to avoid it. It was news to me that paper receipts and plastic water heaters (those used to heat water for tea) offer my unborn child BPA exposure.
- Avoiding phalates found in nail polish, perfume, lotion and hair products.
- Focus on reducing insulin in the diet (low GI foods) as well as eating more of a Mediterranean diet. This was good news considering I spend every summer in Greece.
- Adding folate, B6, B12, Vitamins A, C, D and E, zinc, selenium, Coq10, NAC, ALA and antioxidants to the diet.
- Specific preconception plans (for example, if you are generally trying to conceive, experiencing miscarriage or IVF).
I would have enjoyed more in depth information on things my husband can do to prepare himself for conception but, hence the book title, that was not the purpose of this book. Overall I did enjoy the read and found it to be very useful.