Boosting Fertility

Becoming pregnant faster – I am very skeptical about this phrase. Did you know there is a “fertility diet?” Diet and lifestyle changes can boost fertility by 70%. If you are consuming foods rich in antioxidants; such as folate and zinc, you will become pregnant faster than the average woman. How do you feel about this?

You may agree with boosting your fertility – that’s wonderful, I am cheering you on! But I don’t believe “eating a bigger breakfast” is going to make anyone pregnant faster, especially if you preach that phrase to an infertile woman.

I do agree that we become obsessed with becoming mothers. I was once that woman. I was obsessed with becoming pregnant, and I would try anything to increase my chances every month (this is when I wasn’t a fertility conspiracy theorist.)

Sure, I believe we should avoid trans fats – even if we aren’t trying to start a family every cycle. It seems like common sense, right? Avoid trans fats and cut out the carbs. it’s suggested that cutting carbs can help improve hormone levels – which in turn can improve ovulation. I do believe women who suffer from PCOS can struggle with weight and ovulation. PCOS is polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.

Eating more protein from vegetable sources, instead of animal sources, may improve fertility. If I eat beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – will I see two pink lines on a pregnancy test? If I would have become a vegan, maybe it would have changed my reproductive future? I applaud anyone who can commit to a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free lifestyle – you are amazing. I just don’t know if it proves boosting fertility – any of my RD friends want to chime in on this? 

I believe that exercise and proper relaxation is important in your fertility journey. exercising too much may screw up your cycles and high stress doesn’t help anything in your life. It’s difficult to relax when you’re so stressed out about conceiving and everyone around you telling you “to just relax.” There isn’t a magic wand to make you relax and just get pregnant.

Excess alcohol intake: How many people get pregnant after drinking way too much? I am guessing the majority of the human race is conceived after two-five strong drinks. I cut out all alcohol when I was doing my fertility treatments, It didn’t work for me – but please drink responsibly! Cutting caffeine is a great lifestyle change – not only a fertility booster. I read that research has been done and found that excess caffeine products can affect female fertility.

I don’t want to make this a negative post – It may come off that way due to my reproductive system not functioning. I do believe it’s vital to have a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and diet choices are important. I would never tell someone who is TTC to just eat a Mediterranean diet and do acupuncture because it’s going to improve and increase their chances of having a baby. That is just not my experience, or my way of thinking.

If you’d like to juice, diet, limit your caffeine, cut sugar, increase superfoods, and get rid of most plastics – please be my guest. I hope you are successful and even lucky in your journey to having a baby.

I was diagnosed with issues that fertility boosters wouldn’t correct. I did try the majority  of this checklist. It was very difficult for me to read these suggestions when I was TTC. I would watch women light up a cigarette over their large baby bump, I would see women on “my 600-lb life” get pregnant, and drug users end up with positive pregnancy tests. I would watch women in their last trimester sitting in a hot tub, I would watch as other women would eat unhealthy, drink coffee and soda and still get pregnant in the first month of trying. As I watch all of this, it made me a non-believer for the fertility diets and conception boosters. I know I speak for a lot of the infertility community when I speak about how most couples have no troubles conceiving, and how unfair it feels.

I wish you lots of success and please stock your cart with an excess amount of superfoods. No matter how skeptical you are – it may just work.


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I am a 34 year old from Minnesota. I have an amazing husband, teenage stepdaughter and five dogs.

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