For some women getting pregnant comes easily, however, if you are of the estimated one in six women who struggle to conceive, you may need a little bit of assistance.
Today we’re taking a closer look at a few tips to get pregnant without investing in expensive fertility treatments—particularly what foods you should consume for fertility. Consider our advice and that of thousands of pages of research, by reading on.
Who doesn’t love bananas? They taste great and are the perfect morning snack if you are in a rush to get out of the door or in-between meals to keep hunger at bay. As it would turn out, they are also one of the best foods to consume if you are trying to get pregnant.
According to researchers, bananas are high in Vitamin B6, which is directly linked to the regulation of female and male hormones. Fertility begins and ends with sperm and egg production, and if you are deficient in this vitamin, you can find yourself with an uphill battle trying to conceive.
So how many should you eat? Try to eat at least two a day by combining them with porridge, in juice or even as a fat-free desert if you suspect a deficiency.
We’ve heard it all time and again – leafy greens are critical to the body’s health. New research now shows that they are also extremely beneficial for conceiving.
Broccoli, spinach, romaine, arugula and any other dark leafy green are high in folate, which is a B vitamin that can contribute to an increase in sperm count. It also strengthens the sperm, giving them a greater chance to make it to the egg. This can also reduce the risk of a miscarriage in mothers.
Carrots are a wonder vegetable. They can not only improve eyesight but also help men with performance and sperm count. A recent study published by the journal Fertility and Sterility found that carotenoid consumption is related to higher sperm morality. In laymen’s terms, eating more carrots contributes to better quality sperm and higher amounts of them.
That’s right – ice cream can actually increase fertility. Just one scoop of high fat ice cream can increase fertility in women, according to researchers. One 2007 study by the journal Human Reproduction found women who ate one scoop twice a week had a 38 percent less likelihood of infertility. Full-fat is the key here, since low-fat dairy products can increase infertility. Fat-soluble hormones play a vital role in fertility. Skim milk cuts those hormones, which means you want ice cream high in fat if you’re trying to conceive.
Lentils are highly nutritious for everyone, including would-be mums. The high amount of iron they contain seems to play an important role in improving fertility. A 2006 study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that women who got their iron from plant-based foods increased their chances of fertility by 40 percent. Some women assume an iron supplement is a better way to consume the mineral, but research has yet to determine that. For now, focus on foods like lentils and spinach to get your iron and increase fertility.
According to a study published in the journal Biology of Reproduction researchers discovered that eating roughly 75 grams of walnuts a day improved the amount, vitality, and mortality of sperm in men. Omega 3’s and zinc are also found within walnuts, which help improve hormone production and quality. In other words, walnuts are an excellent source of nutrients that both men and women can consume.
Consider implementing these tips to get pregnant and increase your fertility rates – increase your chances by making some simple changes!