Here’s a list of what foods not to eat when you’re trying to get pregnant. Whether you’ve been trying to conceive for two months or two years, you need to eat as healthy as possible.
Peas, for instance, is a food that can prevent you from conceiving a baby.
“[Some foods] may delay or in some cases even prevent you from conceiving,” writes Niels Lauersen, MD, PhD & Colette Bouchez in Getting Pregnant: What You Need To Know Right Now. “One of these foods is peas, and its history as an anti-fertility food goes back at least as far as 1949.”
A natural chemical in peas (m-xylohydroquinone) can prevent pregnancy – and peas are being studied as a possible natural contraceptive!
For more pregnancy tips, read Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy - it’s a practical, reader-friendly, helpful book that takes you from conceiving a baby to giving birth.
And, here are several foods not to eat when you’re trying to conceive….
Foods to Avoid When You Want to Get Pregnant
Soybeans and soy foods
The plant form of estrogen (phytoestrogens) in soybeans won’t help when you’re trying to get pregnant – and it’s especially important to avoid high soy consumption if you’re coping with infertility. “For those trying to conceive, the excess estrogen activity is enough to induce a hormone imbalance that may affect egg production and ovulation,” write the authors of Getting Pregnant.
Decrease your soy intake six months before you start trying to get pregnant, and remember that soy is “hidden” in foods such as tempeh, oils, flour, milk, and texturized vegetable protein (TVP).
But, make sure you get enough protein! Learn how protein increases female fertility.
Wieners and lunch meats (even if you’re not trying to get pregnant! gross)
The nitrates and nitrites in frankfurters, bologna, salami, and lunch meats make them foods that aren’t good to eat if you want to get pregnant or are coping with infertility. The preservatives (nitrates and nitrites) in these meats aren’t as potent as once believed – they were once thought to have reproductive cancer-causing effects! These foods may not cause cancer, but they are good to avoid when you’re trying to conceive a baby.
Don’t eat peanut butter and spinach
Peanut butter and spinach are foods to avoid when you’re trying to get pregnant because of they deplete calcium – which is a mineral that is essential for your baby to develop and grow. Make sure you’re getting enough calcium if you’re trying to get pregnant!
Don’t drink soda, high-sugar fruit drinks, and candy
Excessive sugar can lead to low blood sugar, which can upset levels of reproductive hormones. You want your hormones to be as balanced and stable as possible.
Don’t over-consume coffee, tea, chocolate, cola and some medications
Excessive caffeine can not only reduce your chances of getting pregnant, it can increase the risk of miscarriage. When you’re trying to get pregnant, drink tea in moderation – and stick to decaffeinated tea!
In Getting Pregnant Lauersen and Bouchez write, “Cut out caffeine when you can, and when you can’t, minimize consumption by taking into account your total daily intake from all sources.”
Watch the painkillers/stimulants/diet pills and caffeine
These aren’t exactly “foods not to eat when you’re trying to get pregnant”, but things like Extra Strength Excedrin, Maximum-Strength Midol, Vanquish, Anacin, and Amaphen are pain relievers that may contain significant amounts of caffeine. No-Doz is a stimulant that has caffeine, and many diet pills also contain caffeine…these aren’t foods to avoid if you’re trying to get pregnant, but they’re definitely factors that can affect your fertility levels!
Single does or short-term use of caffeine-rich products won’t cause infertility, but they are good things to avoid when you’re trying to conceive.
For more fertility tips for women, read When You Can’t Predict Your Periods and You Want to Get Pregnant.