Did you know that there are specific foods that you can eat to help implantation? While there is no one “magic food” that will guarantee success, incorporating some of these foods into your diet may increase your chances.
Whether you are tracking your ovulation or are preparing for IVF, there are some foods to help implantation that you can incorporate into your diet.
You may have considered improving your egg quality and making sure your partner’s sperm is in tip tip condition but preparing your uterus for implantation is another essential step when increasing your chances of getting pregnant.
Although we often think about implantation rates when we talk about IVF or FET (frozen embryo transfers) but improving your chances of implantation is important for everyone who wants to get pregnant.
Below you will find 5 foods to help implantation by increasing blood flow to the uterus and toning it in preparation for pregnancy.
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When Should You Eat Fertility Foods?
You might think to only eat the implantation foods below after ovulation but for best results, you should be incorporating them for months before you want to get pregnant.
Aim to include each food in your diet a few times a week for at least 3 months before your IVF transfer or before starting to try for pregnancy.
It can take up 90 days for your eggs to reach maturity so you need a full 3 months of eating these implantation foods to really see results.
5 Amazing Foods To Help Implantation
Certain foods are thought to help improve the chances of embryo implantation, and eating them may increase your chance of success. Read on to learn more!
People have been associating pineapple and fertility for years, and with good reason.
Pineapples are an awesome fertility food because they are widely available and affordable for most people.
An enzyme called bromelain is the reason pineapple has become a symbol of fertility Worldwide.
Bromelain is known as a blood thinner so it likely works in the same way as a baby aspirin for improving implantation.
Blood thinners help to drive the blood to the uterus and encourage implantation and possibly prevent miscarriage.
Although pineapples are naturally sweet and delicious, the part with the highest concentration of bromelain is the tough, pineapple core which is not that enjoyable to eat.
To make it more palatable, try adding it into my Pineapple Implantation Smoothie
Red Raspberry Leaf
Midwives have prescribed red raspberry tea for centuries as a way to encourage labour in late pregnancy.
Ironically, this wonder herb can also help you get pregnant in the first place.
Known as a fantastic uterine tonic that improves blood flow to the pelvic area, red raspberry leaf is most commonly taken as a tea or infusion like the Stork Conception Tea.
Make sure to stop taking red raspberry leaf as soon as you get a pregnancy test as it can cause uterine contractions (which is why it is used in late pregnancy).
Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of a mineral called selenium. For optimum intake, aim to eat a couple of brazil nuts every day.
Not only is selenium a powerful anti-oxidant which may protect against certain cancers, anti-oxidants are also great for egg quality.
For more tips on improving your egg quality, make sure to download this free ebook from the fertility experts at Fertility Coach.
Another benefit of selenium is that it may thicken the uterine call and improve your chances of implantation.
Like pineapple, brazil nuts can also help to thin the blood. This can reduce your chances of a miscarriage by preventing blood clots.
Oily fish is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which have been proven to have a positive affect on egg quality and general reproductive help.
Numerous studies have shown that have shown that fatty acids are important in early reproductive events including egg maturation and embryo implantation.
Foods that are rich in Omega 3 Fatty acids include oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.
They also make a great addition to a more complete fertility diet as they are great sources of protein.
If you don’t eat fish, another option is walnuts but be sure to buy them in their shell and crack them yourself to ensure freshness.
Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds
Iron-rich foods are very important to help implantation. They boost blood supply to the uterus and help build up the lining which encourages pregnancy.
Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are great blood building foods. You can easily add them into dishes or just have them as a quick snack on the go.
Sesame seeds are also high in iron if you like them in tahini or in salads.
Foods For Implantation FAQs
How can I increase my chances of implantation?
Don’t worry about trying to eat perfectly, just try to eat clean (non-processed foods). Simply, try to have a variety of different types of whole foods: vegetables, fruits, and fats.
— Maternal Resources (@IntegrativeOB) February 9, 2022
What Foods Should I Avoid For Implantation?
Most doctors will agree that there are some foods that definitely don’t help fertility. Too many processed foods, white sugar products and a low protein, high carb diet likely won’t do you any favours.
Some other foods that can hinder your ability to get pregnant include:
High-Glycemic-Index Foods (rice, pasta, sugar products)
Soda and Pop – I’ve written before about soda and fertility. Realistically, it is beneficial to drop your soda habit when you are TTC.
Soda is full of empty calories and offers no nutrition at all, even the diet brands should be avoided due to the artificial sweeteners.
Trans Fats – Most of us know by now that trans fats can cause a whole host of health issues from heart disease to obesity. According to a study from the Harvard Medical School;
” …women who consumed two percent of their daily calories in the form of trans fat—which translates to four grams of fat for a woman eating 1,800 calories a day—exhibited a 73 percent greater chance of developing ovulatory infertility than those who consumed those calories in the form of carbohydrates.”
The bottom line on foods to avoid for optimal fertility?
Try and eat as many whole foods as possible and limit your intake of processed, packaged foods when you are trying to conceive.
— Fertility Matters Canada (@FertilityMattrs) October 29, 2015
What Fruit Helps Implantation?
The fertility fruit, pineapple should be your go-to when it comes to fertility foods. The bromelein is thought to help with blood flow in the uterus which can help increase your chances for success implantation and that all important BFP.
Another powerhouse fruit is pomegranate. Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants that help support egg health and thus your chances of implantation.
You can eat pomegranate seeds or add the juice to soda water or your fertility breakfast smoothie.
What Other Foods Can You Try for A Successful Implantation?
If you visit a doctor who practises Chinese medicine, you are likely to hear about the importance of a warm womb.
There is a whole school of thought that believes that eating only warm (eg. not ice cold) foods can help with implantation and fertility.
So what are the best warm foods for implantation?
The easiest way to incorporate warm foods into your diet is to make swaps like you probably do do in the winter.
Instead of a salad, try a vegetable soup, for example.
My acupuncturist also recommended that I stopped drinking ice water and kept my drinks either room temperature or hot.
Drinking lots of nice fertility teas can be very comforting and can even be beneficial to your fertility.
Consider trying the following foods:
- Bone broth
- Herbal teas
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