What are the best foods to eat if I'm trying to get pregnant?
Real Mom Problem
“My partner and I are going to start trying to conceive our first and I was wondering what advice you ladies have for getting my body ready in terms of eating to improve our chances.”
- 1. Highly acidic foods may interfere with your body's pH, making it inhospitable to sperm
- 2. Balance and moderation are key components to eating properly
- 3. Remember, a healthy diet is better for your body and overall well-being, even if it doesn't affect your fertility
- 4. Pay attention to what your partner is eating, too - starting your parenting journey healthy is important for both of you
Real Mom Solutions
Can diet help - or even hinder - fertility? Find out which foods the ladies of CafeMom recommend you try, and which you should avoid, when trying to conceive.
These Foods Might Make a Difference
Coffee and soda are definitely bad for women and for men for fertility. They both deplete the body of vitamins, minerals, and water. Eggs are GOOD (as all dairy is) for fertility, just make sure they're organic and free range. Soy is bad because it can mess up your estrogen. Eat pineapple during implantation, the bromelain in it helps! Also avoid sugars and processed food as much as possible. Coffee, soda, sugars, processed grains and foods all produce a LOT of acidity in the body which makes your uterus and fluids unfriendly to baby-growing.
Foods high in zinc, selenium, and omega fatty acids are great. Try to make sure you're not consuming too much meat, wheat, or dairy as these lead to over-acidity in your body. I'm going to be juicing every morning to help alkalize my body, as well as drinking raw organic apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon per 16 ounces of water, mixed with lemon and honey for taste). Natural forms of folate, like spinach, are great for women, as well as natural sources of B6. I'm cutting back on meat and wheat, only having dairy as a source of probiotics, juicing and eating a lot of greens. Also, both of you should cut back on alcohol if you drink at all, and either cut down or eliminate caffeine consumption. If you have to have coffee, cold brew it. You should order some pH testing strips off Amazon to be able to check your pH level and adjust your diet as needed. Also, each of you should avoid endocrine disrupters, found in plastics and soy/soy derivatives. They enter the body and mess up estrogen levels. And drink only filtered water, preferably mineral water (sparkling).
I have been trying to conceive for over three years now, and we finally decided to go the route of medications. My doctor laid down a law for us, so to speak. Cokes of course are bad for the woman - he explained that it has high sugar content and in order to burn off one can of Coke you would have to run at top speed for an hour. He also told me to eat eggs (didn't specify which type), to watch my intake of carbs, and to up my protein.
My midwife friend says that folic acid is the most important thing while you are getting pregnant and just after (it's in the prenatals... but mostly all you need is the folate). I also heard walnuts help with implantation, so eat them for a week after you ovulate. No clue if that's backed up by anything, heard another girl say she did that, and I love walnuts, so why not?!
I heard oysters really work for both parties. Also, prenatals, especially Vitamin C, help as well with cervical mucus. You need good cervical mucus while ovulating!
The only things I have heard is to eat carrots to increase cervical mucus (and it does work for me). I also try to stay away from acidic food (coffee, pop, red sauces, red meat, too many fruits) a few days before I ovulate. I don't know if it works or not but I heard if you have a high pH balance (caused by acidic foods) it can kill the sperm more easily. It's worth a try!
I eat and take a lot of things: prenatal, vitamin D, Omega-3 (vegetarian flax form or chia seed), baby aspirin, minerals, fresh fruit and a green drink, Green Vibrance. The goal is to lower inflammation, increase mucus, and have metabolic and endocrine balance. No caffeine and almost no sugar (which can be tough at times). I haven't tried wild yam. I really don't want to take anything that alters endrocine function yet.
I didn't really try anything special but I've read that drinking NO caffeine can greatly enhance your fertility. Just eat healthy. Lots of raw fruits, vegetables and as little processed foods as possible.
Diet's True Effects Are Still Unknown
Here's the thing... if we did everything they told us not to do, we wouldn't be able to eat, breathe or move! I believe that everything is ok in moderation! I have now conceived twice. Both times I have been so tired that I was drinking an upwards of two cans of soda and three cups of coffee to get through my 12 hour work days! Once finding out I was pregnant I cut down!
For those who have unexplained infertility, diet often makes a huge difference. I have been trying to conceive for 20 months. I got my first two positive pregnancy tests in the months that I started acupuncture. I also happened to quit coffee at the same time because my acupuncturist said to. So if you have been trying to conceive for a long time, you are willing to try just about anything. If you do not have problems conceiving or carrying to term then you definitely do NOT need to worry about what you are eating and drinking, as long as everything is in moderation.
What About Your Partner's Diet?
I would say that your partner should be taking a lot of zinc and protein all throughout the month. Unfortunately, it takes three months for a sperm to mature, so just doing it one week may not be the most effective. I would start him on vitamins at the very least. Bananas are a really healthy way of getting many of those much needed vitamins. I have my husband restricted on alcohol and caffeine. I know he can't get through the day without it, but I am happy if he sticks to 1 - 2 cups per day. That also has helped.
My husband is eating foods rich in antioxidants.
I've read mixed reviews of caffeine for men. Some say to avoid it while others encourage it because it helps the spermies swim faster. My sister's fertility doctor told her to have her husband drink some form of caffeine but she should limit her intake. This is one of the main reasons why I think certain things are fine in moderation. There are too many conflicting studies going around.