When it comes to fertility, the most important factor is diet. Following a fertility diet is going to boost both egg and sperm quality and improve both mental and physical health. When preparing for a baby, allow three to six months for your eggs to receive the full benefits of any dietary changes. By committing to an organic, non-GMO diet; eating fertility-boosting foods; and incorporating other “green” lifestyle changes, you will boost the chances of conception naturally.
According to Chinese medicine, it is best to eat warm, cooked foods and avoid cold items when planning to conceive. This allows the body to put more energy into the reproductive organs rather than the digestive system. Chinese medicine believes that dairy is good to avoid since it can be bad for conception, as it causes stagnation and clogs the blood. Once pregnancy is achieved, you may add farm-fresh dairy in moderation, but stick to the hard cheeses, yogurts and milks. Grass-fed butter is totally recommended, along with good fats from avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, sardines and anchovies.
As for grains and gluten, decide for yourself and see if they make you feel bloated, lethargic or cause any inflammation. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, buy organic, fresh and seasonal—eat the rainbow.
Something that may come as a surprise is that based on scientific studies from the Netherlands and Exeter University (UK), when combined with the timing of conception, eating an alkaline or acidic diet can affect the outcome of the sex of the baby. This is a great indicator that the boy/girl sex selection can also be achieved naturally.
If you suffer from endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), candida, diabetes, food sensitivities or allergies, this list below may need to be altered. There is a special diet and supplement protocol if male factor infertility is an issue. Give your future baby the best chance by eating for fertility.
Fertility-Boosting Iron-Rich Foods
Liver or pate from organic chicken or beef
Red meat, such as bison, venison, lamb or beef
Clams, oysters, mussels
Spinach, Swiss chard
Beans (lentils, chickpeas, kidney, pinto, butter, peas or haricot)
Nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts)
Sulfite-free dried apricots
Source: Wendie Aston, fertility and hypnobirthing practitioner and author of Going Green Before You Conceive (Balboa Press 2016). For more information, contact her at 917-495-8821 or WendieAston@gmail.com.