Fertility Diet – Natural Foods That Increase Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

What foods can help you get pregnant? Here’s a list of fertility foods — it’s a natural diet from a holistic treatment center for infertility. This fertility diet describes the best foods for fertility, which can increase the chances getting pregnant for women.

“Research shows certain foods can regulate the hormones that affect egg production,” says Tami Quinn, director and co-founder of Pulling Down The Moon. She says that nutrition is one of the quickest ways to increase fertility levels.

The following fertility diet information is based on research, and can increase your chances of getting pregnant naturally. For more tips on foods that improve female fertility, read The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant.

Fertility Diet

Yams – Rich in folate, vitamin C and B6, these tubers from the Diascorea family contain a substance similar to progesterone, and can stimulate the ovaries to release more than one egg each month. The more eggs your ovaries release, the higher your chances of getting pregnant.

Cruciferous Vegetables - This family of vegetables includes broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbage, all of which contain a substance called indole-3-carbinol. It regulates estrogen metabolism, helping to convert “bad” estrogens into “good” ones.

Oysters - The rumor of oysters being an aphrodisiac has some truth, oysters have the highest zinc content of any food and can make you frisky! This is an effective part of a fertility diet, and may naturally increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Nuts and Seeds - Foods such as almonds, flax, walnuts, and pumpkin are a great source of essential fatty acids. The omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids are not only hormone regulators, they’re also part of the structure of cell membranes, body tissue, and brain development of the fetus.

Berries - Fruits and berries are rated the highest in antioxidant content among foods.  The body is susceptible to oxidative damage and antioxidants prevent cell damage and aging, including protecting precious eggs and sperm.  Since many women are delaying their childbearing years, protecting egg cells from the aging process is key for increased rates of conception. And, men want to eat foods that increase sperm production.

The following foods aren’t part of a fertility diet, and won’t increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Fried foods and saturated fats - Studies have shown that the majority of eggs fertilized through IVF had cell membranes composed of healthy fats. Meanwhile, others that did not fertilize had cell membranes composed of mostly saturated fats. High fat foods and refined sugars/processed foods are minimally nutritious and often add extra pounds that can impact fertility.

Non-organic foods - In particular, dairies and meats quite often contain pesticides and hormones that can disrupt a woman’s hormonal balance and endocrine system. Read Foods to Avoid for Increased Fertility Levels.

With fertility levels that seem to be declining, more couples are seeking natural ways to increase their chances of getting pregnant. Increasing amounts of scientific evidence show the safety and effectiveness of holistic health treatments for infertility, many doctors are now embracing this approach. Integrative Care for Fertility is becoming a new standard of care for infertility.

Caffeine and alcohol. If you’re trying to get pregnant, avoid caffeine and alcohol as much as possible – as tempting as they are, they aren’t part of a fertility diet.

If your diet isn’t natural or nutritious, don’t turn to supplements until you’ve done the research! Read Before You Take Fertility Supplements to Get Pregnant.

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Do you have any thoughts about fertility diets and getting pregnant? Please comment below…

Pulling Down The Moon was founded in 2002 by women who were yoga teachers, business women and former fertility patients; women who understood the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual challenges of infertility treatments.

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2 Responses

  1. LauriePK says:

    Yes, Leng, I have heard of this!

    Here’s a neat, tidy summary of how beef, lamb, and other types of red meat affects fertility from Women’s Health magazine:

    “The number of times your infertility risk can rise if you’re a hardcore carnivore, a recent study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology finds. Subjects who ate the most animal protein produced more insulin and had higher levels of the hormone IGF-1, both linked to infertility. Baby-minded? Consider reducing red meat and poultry to one serving daily or swap them with eggs, beans, or nuts.”

    Although, I must confess that I crave big juicy hamburgers at certain times of the month! But, I think meat in moderation isn’t as harmful as eating meat more than 2-3 times a week.

    Thanks for bringing this up, Leng.


  2. Leng says:

    I heard that eating beef and lamb will reduce fertility. These type of meat contains antigen that will attack the embryo.
    Are you aware of this?


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