Fertility Diet 101

My husband and I have tried for a baby twice in our marriage. Both times it took us over a year of trying to get to our overall goal, a baby. Although it did not always go smoothly, we got extremely lucky.

Each time we decided to try for our girls we took steps to make our bodies as healthy as possible. That begins with a fertility diet.

When you are trying to get pregnant you know the basics:

  • Quit smoking
  • Back off the drinking
  • Start working out
  • Reduce stress
  • Hydrate
  • and of course, Eat Healthy!

This can be much easier said than done. However, I was beyond motivated to get our kids.

Knowing it would be a struggle for us, I have stage 4 endometriosis, I decided to take the motto “It only seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela. The biggest hurdle for me was going to be reducing stress. The biggest hurdle for my husband was going to be eating healthy. He is in general, a very healthy person but quick was the name of the game when it came to food. We were both working, busy, and stressed. There was rarely time to pay attention to what we were putting into our bodies.

To start, I took a more active role in our eating. Started cooking again and I am so glad I did. I found my love for it again, it reduced my stress. I like to feel in control. When you are trying for a baby you can either feel like you are totally out of control or you can give yourself a sense of control. I chose the latter. I took to Pinterest and books and researched the crap out of getting pregnant. What to eat, exercises that could help, what signs my body would give, which supplements I could take, etc. You name it I researched and studied it. By the time we were about 6 months in I could have written a dissertation on the subject.

I was also keeping a journal. Not just for posterity. While trying for the first I figured I should record for the second, but also for friends and family. So I am going to share my knowledge with you! Remember I am not a doctor, this is a compliation of the knowledge I obtained from my doctors and other sources like books and online.

Here are my best recommendations for a great fertility diet.

  • Water, water, water!! – you need to hydrate. At first, you will feel like you are floating around but you have to get all of those nasty toxins out of your body. The best way to do this is flush. You can infuse water with things like green tea, mint, and lemon to help it along. DRINK!
  • Limit Citrus – You want to make your body as sperm friendly as possible. You want a high alkaline diet. Limit the acid in your diet. Two of the largest offenders? Citrus and Tomatoes. Try and limit those as much as possible.
  • Green is Best – This goes back to the alkaline levels. Green veggies are best. They tend to be very low in acid. Green veggies also tend to hold a lot of good for your vitamins. The darker the better.
  • Iron – Keep your iron levels up. This can be through beans, lean proteins, even supplements but iron is good.

Here is a list of just some of the foods that are best when TTC.

  • Eggs
  • Avocados
  • Yams or Sweet Potatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Wild Salmon
  • Fresh Berries – Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Strawberries
  • Brown Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Almonds (specifically but all nuts)
  • Walnuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Lentils
  • Figs
  • Oysters
  • Whole Grains

These are foods that are either liquids or less commonly known

  • Olive Oil
  • Whole Milk
  • Green Tea
  • Honey
  • Flax Seeds
  • Maca – Supposedly the best!
  • Coconut Cream

All of these foods are pretty easy to come by. The fresher the better, but eating them is what is important. They all hold different, important nutrients your body needs in order to get geared up for supporting a pregnancy.

Here is a great pinnable image to save all this amazing info in one spot!

If you have any questions about where to buy, what to buy or how much to eat feel free to drop me a line!

Next Up: Get the low down on supplements you can take to help conceive.

Xoxo,

Kristin – The Perfectionist Mom

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25 Comments

  1. amber

    we are on year #3 of ttc/if tx and I remember trying all these foods those first two years, I thought surely the fertility diet would help me and reached for it like a lifeline. But unfortunately some of us need more. But I do hope this is helpful for others out there. Never a bad idea to watch what you put into your body!

    1. You are 100% right that sometimes this is not enough. For us, it wasn’t alone. We combined this fertility diet with meds, supplements, yoga, etc etc! All of which I will be sharing later. I hope your baby dreams come true soon.

  2. robin masshole mommy

    I am so thankful that I was able to get pregnant right away. It’s great that there are options out there for women who take a bit longer.

    1. If it is taking you a bit longer to conceive it is essential to watch what you are putting into your body. I was so glad this was something we were able to incorporate! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I had issues conceive my miracle baby, which ended up being conceived through IVF For those of us that have a hard time for whatever reason it is a MUST to follow a good and healthy diet such as the one you suggested, along with a healthy lifestyle. Great post
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    1. We attempted IVF and were not able to get to a point of embryo transfer due to my body not responding to the meds. It was devastating. I am SO glad to hear it worked for you. That is amazing! I agree there is nothing more important than to pay attention to what’s going into your body.

  4. I’ve always been really lucky when it comes to fertility. I had no clue that there were special diets to help people conceive. I’m sure this post will help many.

    1. It is more about getting certain vitamins into your diet that a lot of “typical” diets lack and living a super healthy lifestyle. When you are struggling anything that might help is worth a try! Thank you for stopping by!

  5. Thankfully, I never had any issues getting pregnant. I do have friends who have had a more trying time though. I will show this to my friend who is TTC, she sill appreciate it.

    1. Great! I hope it helps! TTC can be such a stressful time. Feeling like you have control over anything, even something as small as a diet, can make all the difference.

  6. I’ve never had issues with fertility thankfully. So I had no idea that there was a special diet you could go on to help you conceive. That is amazing.

  7. I have a friend trying to have a baby. I will definitely be sharing this with her. I also pinned.

    1. Thank you for pinning! I really hope it helps. It helped us!

  8. Great recommendations! We recently had a trouble getting pregnant and I did a lot of research about what could help us, some of these came up but a lot of this info is new to me, you did a great job!
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    1. I found that anything which can help, even a little was worth its weight in gold. I am the kind of person who needs control and this gave me that sense. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  9. I love the extra items to help with pregnancy. I know there are all of these fertility drugs and treatments but sometimes its how you eat, what you eat, holistic methods and just keeping healthy and stress-free will help in the conception of a baby. Great info.

    1. Exactly! I am not saying that this will solve any fertility problems one might be facing but every little bit helps!

  10. Reesa Lewandowski

    These are such great recommendations to moms to be! Many don’t realize their body knows when it is not ready to grow a new human!

    1. That is so very true. I always got so frustrated with my body for not “working like it should”. I had to come to terms with the fact that maybe I wasn’t giving it the tools it needed to work like it should. It won’t always fix the problem, didn’t with me, but it helps!

  11. We have to admit to ourselves that it’s not always easy to conceive and it would be nice to prepare for it instead of just waiting for it to happen. I think these are all awesome tips. I’m sure a lot of couples will appreciate this guide.
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    1. I hope it helps a lot of people. I agree, preparing for TTC just like anything in life is important.

  12. CourtneyLynne

    I know nothing about infertility so it’s so interesting to me that there is a diet to help things along!!!!

  13. Great tips! Getting pregnant with our first daughter, who is now eight, was very difficult and required fertility assistance. In between girls we had a miscarriage, and finally six years later had our second baby.
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  14. Val

    My husband and I have been trying for the last 2 months and we haven’t got pregnant yet. So I’m glad that there are posts out there that I can read on, on how to get pregnant. So thank you for this post. I do have a question though. I have read that it’s best to stay away from caffeine, but here in your post you put green tea is good for you when trying, so it is fine to have a certain amount of caffeine just don’t over do it? Cuz I quit drinking coffee and soda a long time ago a day replaced it with iced tea and hot tea. Is it just best to quit the caffeine altogether

    1. Hi Val, Thank you for stopping by. I am so glad you found us. From the conversations I have had with my reproductive specialist a small amount of caffeine is okay. It is everything in moderation. I drank it when I was trying to get pregnant but like you, I cut out all coffee, (not easy!), and soda.

      Green tea actually can contain less caffeine than regular tea and can be bought in decaf form. It also contains polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and can improve your overall health. Please speak with your doctor about what is best for you when trying to conceive. In the meantime, you can also check out this link for the benefits of Green Tea in your Fertility Diet http://www.conceiveeasy.com/get-pregnant/benefits-of-green-tea-for-increasing-fertility/

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