If you and your partner are looking to conceive and struggling with infertility, the two greatest factors you can control are diet and stress levels. There's a wealth of information on both of these topics if you take the time to look. You'll come across a lot of conflicting or contradictory information as there just isn't one set way to do things that work for everyone.
But first remember, the number one thing you can do is find your food intolerances!! If you need support with diet [and beyond] make sure to check out The Finding Fertility Formula & the Boost Your Embryos 4-week meal plan!
Eating healthy is essential for getting pregnant and staying pregnant. The list of 'what to eat to get pregnant', 'pregnancy diet foods to avoid' and 'healthy foods for pregnancy' are endless. But what are the foods you should be including in your diet?
Today I'm looking at 5 foods that will help support your journey to pregnancy over the next few months:
We all know you need to get your Green Leafy Vegetables in, so let’s skip that one!
Liver- you know you loved it. Okay, love is a strong word & I know it’s hard for most to go there, but it’s a must to improve overall health and to optimize fertility. Liver is perhaps one of the most nutrient-dense foods, as it is a rich source of folate, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, niacin and vitamin A. You only need 3-4oz of liver once or twice a week, so it’s achievable! Mince it, pate it or hide it – just try your best to get it down!
Oily Fish, such as mackerel, herring, wild salmon, sardines, anchovies, mollusks, and shellfish, are one of the best sources of omega 3 (aka healthy fat), including DHA and EPA. Plus, oily fish is loaded with selenium, Vitamin D and vitamin B12. Omega-3’s are also anti-inflammatory, therefore helping to reduce inflammation in the body. Obviously, when eating fish you need to be aware of mercury levels and try your best to get it from nature- line-caught source!
3. Bone Broth or Meat Broth
Bone broth is a rich source of the amino acids proline, glycine, glutamine and arginine. The gelatin found bone broth is a deeply nourishing and helps to heal and seal your gut and promoting healthy digestion. If bone broth doesn’t work for you, use a GAPS meat stock- you’ll get lots of the important minerals, amino acids, gelatin, etc. without the high histamine and glutamic acid found in bone broth.
Between the two of these you'll be getting K2, Fat Soluble Vitamins A, D and E and lauric acid, which is an antioxidant with anti-viral properties and supports our immune systems. These are also great source of saturated fat, which helps our bodies build up their own fat stores- key to maintaining consistent energy while preparing for and maintaining a health pregnancy! High quality fats like coconut oil & ghee are also crucial for the development of your babes’ brain, so keep eating them throughout pregnancy!! Both of these are great to cook with or meltdown & use in a hot drink. I keep a tub of coconut oil in the bathroom to use as lotion & makeup remover!
It all starts in the gut – healthy gut dramatically improves health & fertility. Also, your growing babes’ digestive tract will be colonized by the same bacteria in your gut - How amazing is that!?! Lacto-Fermented foods provide beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and lauric acid, which promote a happy digestive tract. You can easily make them at home or if you buy them make sure you buy from a source that uses traditional fermentation techniques & are raw and unpasteurised. Make sure you keep an eye on how you feel when eating Lacto-Fermented Foods, not everyone can tolerate them at first!!
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Anything written or said about health and diet are my opinions, that I have formed over the years, through trial and error, study, reading, listening and observing. What worked for me may not work for you. I am not a doctor, nutritionist or dietician and all medical advice should be gotten from a qualified professional. Product recommendations are based on what I used during my infertility journey or wish I had.