If you are planning on becoming pregnant or have been trying for a while, you may have wondered what you can do to improve your chances. When I was TTC, I felt like I had tried everything, until I came across a book about the effects of food and fertility and started researching.
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Diet plays such an important role in fertility that certain doctors insist on their IVF patients following a certain regime before they can begin treatments. Once I found that out I set to work to overhaul my eating habits and do what I could to get pregnant. You can read more about the fertility diet recommended by the IVF clinics in this post: The Fertility Diet That Changed my Life.
In order to produce lots of healthy eggs, your body needs lots of protein and other nutrients that help the cell development. These include Vitamin D, Omega 3s, and iron. The fertility superfoods below are packed full of exactly what your body needs to conceive and maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Eggs are packed with vitamin D and protein for cell growth
Essential fatty acids are great for fertility. Aim for half an avocado a day.
Asparagus is jammed full of folic acid which is essential for developing babies.
My acupuncturist recommended 3 whole walnuts a day for their Omega 3s.
Another amazing Omega 3 source, I sprinkle flax seeds on my oatmeal.
Oysters and other shellfish are high in B12 and zinc that is thought to be missing in the diet for some infertile women
Spinach and other leafy greens contain the all important iron which helps with egg quality and ovulation.
Selenium can help prevent miscarriages due to its antioxidants protecting the eggs from free radicals, salmon is a great source of selenium and omega 3s.
Brazil nuts are another great source of selenium
Beans are chock full of iron and a great source of protein, especially for vegetarians.
Ancient Peruvian medicine experts swear by maca for fertility. Great for men and women. You can buy capsules or powder to put in smoothies. It doesn’t taste very good so I used these capsules: Viva Naturals Organic Maca Root.
A 2009 study from Harvard showed that high-fat dairy was better for fertility levels. There are, however, some schools of thought that think that dairy should be eliminated completely.
Healthy fats are essential for cell growth. Switch to olive or coconut oil for cooking and baking.
Sunflower seeds are high in zinc which helps maintain healthy hormonal levels.
Bee Pollen and Royal Jelly
The Queen bee’s magic elixir for procreating, these capsules contain both bee pollen and royal jelly for twice the benefit: Dr. Danielle’s Bee Well.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
Helps improve the uterine lining which promotes implantation. I drank this Organic Fertility Tea
two to three times a day from CD1 – Ovulation.
A key ingredient in Chinese medicine to create an ideal environment for conception due to anti-inflammatory properties.
Sweet Potato and Yams
Very high in beta carotene. Many sources claim yams or sweet potatoes can increase your chances of twins.
Garlic is anti-inflammatory, great for the immune system and high in selenium.
Introducing some or all of the foods above into your diet will go a long way to improving your fertility and your general well being.
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Just remember, eggs take 3 months to mature so don’t expect miracles within days. I followed this diet plan before both my pregnancies and got pregnant in Month 3 both times.
If you are interested in reading more about fertility and the importance of diet, I highly recommend this book by Julia Indichova: Inconceivable: A Woman’s Triumph over Despair and Statistics. I read it more than once while TTC my oldest daughter and it really helped me realize that I had the power to change things.
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