Your diet can affect your weight, mood, and almost everything in between — including your fertility. If you’re struggling with infertility, simply balancing your diet might not be enough. The next step is to begin adding fertility-friendly foods to your meals and begin removing things that might harm your chances.
Our team of reproductive specialists at University Reproductive Associates serves patients throughout New Jersey and the greater New York City metro area, helping them overcome fertility issues and achieve conception.
Fertility is a fickle topic in the medical community, and specifics are constantly being debated and discussed. The link between diet and fertility is still being defined, but it’s common knowledge that certain nutrients like folic acid and vitamin B12 can help with pregnancy — which is why they’re included in prenatal vitamins.
It seems natural that a healthy diet would increase your chances of having a baby; good eating habits can seriously impact many different areas of your life. However, it’s not just a matter of eating healthy foods, but eating the right foods to boost your fertility. These include:
- Seafood, especially fish low in mercury like scallops, salmon, and shrimp
- High-fat dairies like yogurt and whole milk
- Fiber-rich foods like beans, whole grains, and vegetables
- Various nuts, which contain high levels of both nutrients and protein
Foods to avoid
While adding things to your diet is easy, removing things is a bit more difficult. Foods to avoid include:
- Processed meats, especially sausages, hot dogs, and bacon
- Baked goods, particularly sugary or fried pastries
- Processed carbs, such as pasta, chips, and white bread
- Sugary beverages, including soda and energy drinks
While you don’t have to completely eliminate these things from your diet to improve your fertility, limiting them can make a difference. Try to save things like soda, steak, and excess sugar for moments when you can savor them, and try to replace them with healthier alternatives like fish and nuts.
When to consider a fertility specialist
Women struggling to get pregnant often feel like they have to micromanage their diet and ovulation to regain control. A fertility specialist can provide guidance, helping you make effective changes in your life. Infertility is a complex issue, and professional tests can help you and our doctors get a clearer picture.
If diet, exercise, and conservative measures aren’t enough, our team can help you assess your options and offer hope for the future. To get in touch, schedule a telemedicine consultation or visit the contact page to learn more about locations near you.