When couples are trying to conceive, they sometimes try crazy things to speed the process up. Instead of trying everything you read, trust the advice or our fertility doctors. Some ways you can prepare your body for pregnancy include quitting smoking and achieving a healthy weight.
Procrea’s reproductive specialists have also compiled a list of some superfoods that may help boost your fertility by adding essential vitamins and minerals to your diet. Try adding these to your shopping list and see if they help you and your partner!
- Full-fat dairy products. Full-fat dairy products have good saturated fats and are full of vitamin K2, A, and D3. These are fat-soluble vitamins, so it’s important to go for the full-fat variety.
- Wild-caught seafood. Oysters, salmon, shellfish, and other low-mercury fish are filled with iron, vitamin B12, selenium, omega 3 fatty acids, and zinc, which are all important for fertility. Cod liver oil has also been shown to encourage blood flow to the uterus.
- Nuts. Walnuts are another great source of omega 3 fatty acids, while Brazil nuts provide selenium. Walnuts may also increase male fertility, so grab a bag to share!
- Eggs with yolk. Eggs contain vitamin B, D, and choline. Some studies have shown that choline may decrease the chance of birth defects, so it’s worth adding to your shopping list. They are also a low-cost way to add protein to your diet.
- Fruits and veggies. As with all healthy eating plans, we also recommend eating fruits and veggies to boost your fertility. Grapefruit, oranges, broccoli, bell peppers, kiwi and pineapple are packed with vitamin C, which can regulate hormonal balance in women. Spinach contains iron which may aid in ovulation. And for your partner, pomegranate, avocados, and cooked tomatoes could boost male fertility.
- Cow liver. This may not be the most popular food item on our list but hear us out. Liver can provide more than the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, B12, riboflavin, as well as a good portion of folate, selenium, choline, and zinc. It might be worth a try!
- Seeds. Sunflower, flax, and pumpkin seeds are also worthy of your pre-conception meal plan. Sunflowers seeds (or sunflower butter) will give you vitamin E, folate, selenium, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acids. Flax seeds are another great source of omega 3 which can help with hormonal balance, while pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and iron.
- Beans. Studies have shown that plant-based proteins are better for women than animal-based protein sources when it comes to ovulation health. Beans and lentils are a good source of iron, fiber, and folate to boot.