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6 Foods that Help with Fertility

by Sima Cohen

January 12, 2014 | 6:28 pm

It may not seem like that big of a deal, but a woman's diet while trying to conceive can be a huge factor in her success. It's true... even women who eat nothing but junk might get pregnant without trying, but a healthy diet can dramatically increase your chances of conceiving.

Obesity can lower your fertility, so aintaining a healthy body weight by consuming loads of fruits and vegetables, and reducing certain fats is always a good place to begin. Nutritionists also tend to recommend eating organic where possible to increase fertility. There is also new research that has found that removing or reducing your intake of refined carbs will boost fertility. Refined carbs and sugars are often found in breakfast cereals, and "white" foods like bread, rice, and pasta, and they may lower your fertility because they contain a lack of essential vitamins and nutrients, and fiber. Limiting your intake of these foods will increase fertility and lend to a healthy pregnancy.

You may be subject to cravings, but there is absolutely no reason to feel deprived when you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. Check out these 6 fertility-boosting foods that taste great and will help keep your body in top baby-making condition.

1.  Plant Based Protein
Beans, peas, and peanuts, as opposed to red meat and poultry, have been associated with increased fertility. You don't need to go vegan or anything, but limiting meat intake is good for health and fertility. And a bonus is that beans are high in iron, which is also linked with increased fertility. That's like getting two-in-one.

2. Whole Grains 
Choosing whole grains instead of refined carbs will help keep your insulin in check, which is always good for fertility. And you don't need to give up carbs completely if you're eating more whole grain breads, brown rice, stone-ground cornmeal, and oatmeal, which don't affect your blood sugar.

3. Fruits and Vegetables
This is kind of a no-brainer. But did you know that many fruits and veggies such as oranges, citrus fruits, strawberries, and green leafy vegetables are high in folate? Folate can help you to prevent birth defects when taken before pregnancy. And fresh fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, which promote general health.

4. Oysters
Long toted as an aphrodisiac, which is a no-brainer for fertility, these gifts from the sea are also natural fertility boosters. It's also the most concentrated source of zinc, which is critical to conception, because a zinc deficiency can disrupt your menstrual cycle and can also slow the production of good-quality eggs.

5. Good Fats
You know... monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as fish, avocados, nuts, and seeds like sesame and pumpkin. These fats will increase your insulin sensitivity, which is great for fertility. So, say no to trans and saturated fats.

6. Full-Fat Dairy
Yes, it's true. A study at Harvard found that women who consumed more full-fat yogurt and whole milk - even ice cream! - had fewer ovulation problems. Of course, there's no need to overdo it, but one serving per day will be just fine.

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