Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Women who are constantly searching for how to get pregnant have been wondering if it is possible to do so through their diet. They must have tried every other thing including reading every blog that talks about babies, fertility, ovulation, safe period, days leading up to ovulation and so on. There is no baby in view and then, they stumble on a blog that states that diet can solve infertility and they are interested. They browse through all the contents, carefully followed the diet and still, nothing happened. That is sad right?
Now the question is, are there foods you can eat to increase your chances of getting pregnant? Is it all a myth, maybe someone is trying to catch fun over your infertility issues? Well, from the little research available, some foods can help you get pregnant. These foods aid the function of the body making it possible for your partner’s sperm to fertilize your eggs.
Knowing some of the foods that can help improve your fertility is necessary so that you can add them to your diet. Let’s have a look at some of the possible foods that can make that pregnancy strip show up two lines:
This juice makes a list as one of the ‘many things’ a pregnant woman needs to include in her diet. According to naturopaths, nutritionists, acupuncturist, midwives and the board of advisers, a glass of pomegranate juice thickens the lining of the uterus. The problem is that there has been no scientific evidence or research to back up this claim. It is more like an intuition thing which you should not swallow hook, line and sinker.
However, in their defense, pomegranate is one juice packed with antioxidants that fight against free radicals causing damage to the internal organs and when your organs are free from them, there should be a clear pathway for the sperm to glide through.
According to midwives and other baby soothsayers, this tannic bitter tasting leaf tea is capable of relaxing the urinal wall for implantation.
The various research that has been carried out for this thought have produced a different result and some of the tests which were carried out on laboratory rats showed that the uterine of these rats contracted rather than being relaxed.
If you feel you can deal with the bitter taste, then trying it out won’t be a bad idea, although you shouldn’t put your entire mind on its efficacy.
Yes, Brazil nut is packed with a lot of nutrients especially vitamin E and selenium which are two of the most important nutrients that play an active role in reproduction.
Take selenium, for example; it helps the ovarian follicles to develop healthily while contributing to the balance of the thyroid gland. Vitamin E, on the other hand, helps improve the chances of embryo implantation by adding to the thickness of the endometrial.
It means that Brazil nut may be able to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Eating it with other nuts and omega- 3 nutrients will probably improve your chances. Also, brace yourself for the “unique” taste.
Although there is no research supporting this, pineapple is another fruit popularly seen as a fertility booster. Quite a delicious fruit many women would love to try out immediately. Bromelain, a powerful nutrient found in pineapple which is capable of thinning blood is said to thicken the uterus lining by driving blood to it.
The problem with this process is, excess bromelain could cause the uterine to contract which will then make it difficult for the embryo to implant. To avoid this, you must eat pineapple moderately. Eating six or eight slices every day may cause problems rather than solve it. Also, eating only the flesh will not bring any change.
You need to eat both the flesh and the core because it’s the core that houses the bromelain.
Less stressful ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
You can also improve your chances of pregnancy by making some positive changes to your lifestyle and the things you eat. Take a look at some of the changes that may help:
Reduce your intake of caffeine and this is not just about coffee. Other drinks contain the same amount, if not more caffeine than coffee. Studies have shown that caffeine reduces the chances of a woman to conceive as it may interfere with the contractions that help push up the eggs from the ovaries to the womb. Cutting back on them will increase your chances of embryo implantation.
Alcohol and smoking also prevent a woman from conceiving. So if you are a heavy smoker or you delight in binge drinking, then you should probably get realistic and put that stick and glass down. Increase the consumption of high-fat dairy products.
I guess vegan pregnant women do not need this since they don’t take dairy products. But for the non-vegans, dairy products such as whole milk, ice creams and yogurts have been found to increase the chances of pregnancy. Note that this is not about skimmed milk; we are referring to full-fat dairy products.
Taking folate (folic acid) helps to increase egg production and the more the eggs, the more the chances of fertilization. Folic acid is not just for fetal development; it also helps to increase your chances of getting pregnant.
The real truth is, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating a regular balanced diet, cutting down on unhealthy carbs and wine, could go a long way in improving your chances of pregnancy.
Eating varieties of fruits will also help increase your chances of pregnancy because they contain antioxidants like vitamin C, E, beta-carotene, lutein and folate which research has shown helps to prevent radicals that cause complications to the egg and sperm cells.
Eating one type of food every day simply because it has been pointed out to increase your chances is not just the best way to go about it. It could end up leaving you frustrated and depressed.