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Is Fat Bad? Foods to Eat When Trying for Baby

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

While trying to conceive, there are so many unknowns. Women who desire pregnancy often strive to make choices to facilitate this outcome. Unfortunately, due to a lack of consistent information, questions regarding optimal diet remain. We will be discussing what foods you can eat to increase the odds of conception and pregnancy. These dietary changes can be helpful when trying to conceive naturally as well as with assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

High-fat Low Carbohydrate Diet

Some experts recommended a high-fat low carbohydrate diet. Although we have been instructed regarding the perils of a high-fat diet, some leaders in the fertility field believe that this should be reevaluated, at least in terms of fertility. A diet that is high in fat and low in carbohydrates has the potential to reduce inflammation and balance hormones. Several prominent fertility specialists suggest that inflammation may be one of the underestimated factors negatively influencing fertility. Carbohydrates can contribute to inflammation.

Followers of the high-fat low carbohydrate diet incorporate key items into their diet. These foods include liver, steak, eggs, salmon, butter, cheese and full-fat dairy. Eggs contain choline, which is believed to help with fetal development. Salmon contains omega-3s, which help balance the reproductive system. Additionally, salmon contains high levels of iodine and vitamin, which are also known contributors to reproductive health. The cholesterol found in butter, cheese and full fat dairy can help make many critical hormones.

For couples who are vegetarian or vegan, there are options that are not animal products. These include the following:

  • Pomegranates: This fruit contains antioxidants that may assist with fertility. Pomegranates are believed to assist in both male and female reproduction. In men, this fruit may assist with sperm motility and concentration.

  • Berries: This tasty treat contains antioxidants that assist in combating inflammation.

  • Walnuts: Walnuts are loaded with both protein and fats. Additionally, high levels of magnesium are found in walnuts, which can help with detoxification.

  • Citrus fruit: Citrus fruit are great sources of vitamin C. In more recent time, many fertility clinics recommend vitamin C supplementation for women who are attempting pregnancy.

  • Beans and lentils: High in protein and packed with key ingredients such as iron and folate, beans and lentils are an ideal addition to any diet.

  • Sunflower seeds: Sunflower seeds may also assist with fertility, as they contain vitamin E, folic acid and zinc, which are all important in fertility.

  • Pineapples. Long a symbol in the fertility community, pineapples are believed to facilitate implantation by increasing blood flow. Pineapples also contain antioxidants.

Takeaway Message

If you are trying to conceive, there are dietary changes that can help promote pregnancy. Women should be encouraged to discuss the optimal diet for fertility with their physician.

Did you make dietary changes while trying to conceive? What was beneficial for you? Please share in the comments below.

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