Last week I posted about some natural ways I’m trying to boost my chance of getting pregnant and staying pregnant. I mentioned I’d be following up that post with a few more detailed ones on diet, supplements and fitness. So as promised here’s the first of the series starting with the best, the food!
I love food and more specifically, real food. So it makes me happy to see the foods that boost fertility the most are ones that I love.
Top ten foods for fertility, more specifically, during an IUI, IVF, or the long Two Week Wait (TWW).
- Figs – These yummy fruits are rich in iron which is essential for women trying to conceive. Low iron can have a major impact on fertility so making sure to get enough iron rich foods is important. Dark leafy greens, which are mentioned later in this list, are another great source of iron.
- Brazil Nuts – These nuts are wonderful for thyroid health because they are packed with Selenium. That same nutrient is beneficial in female fertility in that it is a key component in follicle development. Healthy follicles lead to healthy eggs!
- Goji Berries – These delicious little dried berry are powerful antioxidant which reduce over heating of sperm in males and can help prevent premature ovarian failure in females. They have also been shown to increase libido in both men and women 😉
- Pineapple – Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain which reduces inflammation in the body including the uterus. Which is why it’s said to be most beneficial post ovulation to assist in implantation. Here is more information on it’s benefits during the TWW. I followed the recommendations of eating 1 slice, including core, for 5 days post ovulation. We’ll see if it helped 🙂
- Omega – 3 rich foods – not only are these essential for pregnancy but also for the development of your baby. Luckily Omega 3’s can be found in many foods but if you’re not eating enough of these foods you should be taking a fish oil supplement such as Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Some ways I’m getting in Omega 3’s is through foods like the following;
- nuts – cashews, walnuts, almonds
- Chia Seeds
- Leafy Greens – Again, a great source of iron but are also rich in zinc and folic acid. Folic acid being one of the most crucial supplements to include when trying to grow a human.
- Maca Root Powder – Is shown to increase fertility in men and women by increasing energy, boosting the immune system and providing extra iron.
- Avocado – A wonderful healthy fat which are crucial to include pre conception and during pregnancy. Avocados also benefit female reproductive organs and help to balance hormones.
- Eggs – A great source of healthy fat and protein which are both essential in fertility health. They are also so versatile and easy to enjoy!
- Olives – Are great for nourishing the reproductive organs and for helping to decrease stress. Which, if you have been through any sort of infertility journey you will definitely experience!
Foods to avoid for fertility and during the TWW – Even though you are in the very early stages of possibly being pregnant and most people don’t even know they are pregnant at this time it’s best to treat your body as if you’re growing a baby. Which means you’ll need to avoid all the foods that you’re told to avoid while pregnant as well as some others.
- Caffeine -Increases Risk of Miscarriage and it Effects Iron Absorption Leading To Birth Defects or Anemia in the Mother
- Alcohol – Related to Birth Defects
- Deli meat -Risk of Listeria Bacteria may lead to Miscarriage or Still Birth
- Un Pasteurized Cheese or Dairy – Risk of Listeria Bacteria may lead to Miscarriage or Still Birth
- Refined and processed carbohydrates – they affect insulin levels which lead to hormonal imbalances.
- Refined sugar – causes blood sugar imbalances and can lead to insulin resistance which can have adverse effect on fertility.
- Seafood and Fish high in Mercury – Mercury is known to cause birth defects to staying away is essential. Mackeral, swordfish, tuna and ahi are a few to avoid or limit.
Of course I had to whip up a few “fertility” boosting recipes!
Including this yummy, nutrient dense, gluten-free, snack recipe.
These little balls of goodness are loaded with fertility boosting power from goji berries, brazil nuts, chia seeds, oats, figs, and almond butter. So much good stuff going on!
- 1 cup brazil nuts
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup chopped figs
- 2 tbsp. goji berries
- 1/2 cup oats
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1.4 tsp. sea salt
- Place brazil nuts into a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
- Add in oats, and pulse until oats are slightly chopped but not ground into a powder.
- Add in remaining ingredients and pulse a few times until sticky and clumping together.
- Roll into golf ball size balls and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.
I’ve been munching on these pretty much everyday and they’ve been hard to keep away from The Love Nugget. Which is fine because not only are they great for fertility, but with so many healthy ingredients are an awesome snack for anyone!
- Do you know of any other fertility boosting foods that are great for the two week wait?
- Do you like brazil nuts? Goji berries?
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