Foods for Fertility

Every woman trying to become pregnant wants to give her body the best chance possible to conceive. Science has found reason to suggest that certain foods may have properties that can help give your body the best shot possible at that positive pregnancy test.

The first tip science has to offer? Don’t skip breakfast. Studies find that a healthy, hearty breakfast is often linked with ease of conception. Here are some foods commonly recommending by nutritionists and fertility experts for those trying to become pregnant.

Bananas- Packed with hormone balancing vitamins, bananas can correct any potential vitamin B6 deficiencies that could lead to poor sperm or egg quality.

Eggs- A recent study compiled by Yale University showed that 93% of infertile women had a vitamin D deficiency. Adding eggs to your regular diet can add the vitamin to your diet. Growing Generations tests our surrogates for vitamin D deficiency as part of our screening process and may add supplements to a surrogate’s medical cycle if a deficiency is found.

For lunch or dinner you’ll want to stock up on green vegetables and foods from the sea, according to researchers. Here’s a look at their favorite catch for afternoon and evening.

Asparagus- High in folic acid that can regulate ovarian function.

Shellfish– Picking up a few vitamin B12 rich clams or oysters can help increase your estrogen levels and thicken our endometrium lining. Paired together, researchers say these factors can decrease your odds of miscarriage.

Salmon- This seafood pick is rich in antioxidants that most fertility doctors agree can protect the egg from free radicals that have been linked to chromosomal breakages, which may cause miscarriage and birth defects.  If you’re an intended mother planning on using your own eggs, this dietary staple could be huge for you!­­

For a treat, consider pineapple. In an article posted on Parenting.com, IVF Dr. Hillary wright noted that pineapple cores contain high levels of an enzyme called bromelain. The enzyme acts as a natural blood thinner, causing your body to send additional blood to the uterus and encouraging embryos to stick, ultimately reducing the chance of miscarriage.

Just as research has shown there are foods that could boost your chances at conception, doctors tend to agree that there are also foods that could hinder your chances. Red meats, refined sugars, and alcohol make the list of things you may want to consider cutting from your fertility diet.

Dr. Kim Bergman

Kim Bergman, PhD, a licensed psychologist of 22 years, has specialized in the area of gay and lesbian parenting, parenting by choice and third party assisted reproduction for the last two decades. Dr. Bergman has created a comprehensive psychological screening, support and monitoring process for Intended Parents, Surrogates and Donors. She is the co-owner of Fertility Counseling Services and Growing Generations and is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, the American Fertility Association, the American Psychological Association, the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, the Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association, and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. She is on the national board of the Family Equality Council. Dr. Bergman writes, teaches and speaks extensively on parenting by choice. Along with co-authors, she published “Gay Men Who Become Fathers via Surrogacy: The Transition to Parenthood” (Journal of GLBT Family Studies, April 2010). Dr. Bergman created her own family using third party assisted reproduction and she lives with her wife of 28 years and their two teenage daughters.