Research indicates that some foods are better than others at promoting fertility. Some foods, in fact, may negatively affect your ability to get pregnant naturally, while others seem to help you hit your optimal fertility levels.
Wouldn’t you like to know the difference between the two? If so, please read on…
Foods that promote fertility and help you get pregnant are often foods rich Omega-3 fatty acids (such as fish oil and flaxseed). These foods contribute to your efforts to get pregnant in some part because they reduce inflammatory conditions in the body and promote improved blood circulation to the reproductive organs. More blood flowing can nourish sperm, eggs and the uterine lining–all factors involved in conception.
Examples of foods that have negative effects on the reproductive efforts can include foods that have a “drying” action on fertile cervical mucus, drying the amount of mucus present during ovulation. This can decrease the ability of sperm to swim toward the egg (as less mucus means less medium in which the sperm can travel).
Foods that have drying properties include alfalfa, aduki beans, and certain spices like cinnamon and cayenne pepper — to name a few.
Some foods cause hormonal fluctuations that can disrupt your ability to conceive. For example, soy and soy-based foods have a strong estrogen-like effect on the body, and can function in ways similar to the birth-control pill. Not exactly ideal when you are trying to get pregnant!
Because some of the essential nutrients needed to optimize fertility are difficult to come by in our current industrialized food model (for example, fish are high in healthy omega-3 fats yet it is difficult to eat enough fish because they frequently contain high levels of heavy metals, mercury and unwanted contaminants) you may need to look at nutritional supplementation during the months leading up to your pregnancy preparation. My top nutritional supplement recommendations for pregnancy preparation include:
- An organic whole food based multivitamin with 800 mcg folic acid (works as a prenatal and daily multivitamin).
- Molecularly-distilled omega-3 fish oil (1,000 mg of EPA + DHA per day in total).
- Evening primrose oil (this can improve the fertilie cervical mucus quality) in the pre-ovulation phase.
- Co-enzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) for improved energy production and cell vitality–important qualities for sperm and egg! Much can be done with diet alone, depending upon whether or not you eat organic, the soil quality of the food you eat, and so on. To err on the side of being cautious, I recommend you consider taking these key supplements to cover your bases when you are preparing to get pregnant. Remember, food is medicine and your body relies on your choices to promote its most optimal health (for fertility or otherwise).
If you are curious about what role nutrition plays in your fertility, then be sure to grab the free report available on the Whole Body Fertility website. This report is a great way to discover steps you can start taking today to improve your fertility. Here’s a link to that complimentary report:
Get it while you can. I don’t know how long it will be up on the site!