They say the way to a woman’s heart is through laughter; they forgot to mention through her stomach – especially while trying-to-conceive! It can be tough to stick to a strict diet during the holidays while nourishing your preconception health, so we took the temptation to cheat out by sharing the most delicious, fertility-boosting foods you can eat guilt-free this holiday season.
Cranberry recipes are booming this holiday season; but the truth is ,all berries are berry good for fertility health! From raspberries to blueberries to strawberries, they are packed with antioxidants! Everyday Health explains the significant role that berries play in reproduction: “They help protect your body from cell damage and cell aging — and this includes cells in your reproductive system (aka your eggs)”.
Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens including spinach, collard greens, watercress, turnip greens, and chard are an excellent source of folic acid and iron. Natural Fertility reports that: “Folic acid is important in preventing neural tube defects in the fetus, and iron helps to promote oxygen levels in cells, organs and the fetus”. The CDC reports that women who take folic acid at least one month before conception and during the first trimester of pregnancy may reduce their baby’s risk of neural tube defects by up to 70%.
Nuts provide an incredible source of protein and zinc. Proteins are known for building and repairing your body’s tissues, which are essential when preparing your body for baby. Peanuts, walnuts, sunflower and flax seeds are all extremely high in protein, and luckily, nuts and seeds are easy to pack for on-the-go snacks! Zinc found in nuts helps support ova and sperm development and helps balance hormones.
Pomegranates provide iron, which is necessary for regulating ovulation. According to Fertility After 40, “Women who take iron supplements have, on average, 40% less risk of ovulatory infertility than those who don’t take iron supplements”. Prunes, raisins, and tofu are also great sources for healthy iron intake.
Whether its Cinco de Mayo or July 4th, no one can resist a good dip, and the winter months should be no exception. Research shows that avocados may help improve a woman’s uterine lining. Avocados also help assist with embryo implantation. According to Revive Life Clinic, eating at least one avocado a day may also aid hormone regulation.
Cheese brings gooey goodness to every entrée. Mature cheeses including parmesan, cheddar, and manchego should be your go-to cheese while trying-to-conceive. Very Well Family shares that: “Research has found that polyamines may play an important role in the reproductive system. Mature cheese is specifically high in the polyamine putrescine, which may play a role in sperm health. Putrescine is also suspected of improving egg health”.