Foods That Affect Your Fertility
With shows about teen pregnancy and so many statistics about unwanted pregnancy, most women just worry about becoming pregnant when they’re not yet ready to have a child. Few women think that, when they’re finally up to the challenge of being moms, they won’t be able to conceive. You might take the pill or have an IUD for years (or decades), always feeling like you’re resisting pregnancy. So, if the time comes when you actually want to have a baby, but you can’t get pregnant, it can throw you for a loop. Approximately 11 percent of American women of reproductive age struggle with infertility issues at some point. And within couples struggling to conceive, one third of the time, the problem stems from the female. If you’re up against these odds and trying to have a baby, there are things you should know, like these foods that affect fertility.
Beans and lentils: Good
Beans and lentils are rich in iron and, according to some studies, having a diet high in this nutrient can reduce one’s chances of infertility. Black, pinto, kidney, and butter beans are all high in this nutrient.
Soda doesn’t tend to be good for you health any which way you look at it, but it could also be affecting your chances at becoming pregnant. Research suggests it could be because soda causes inflammation in the body.
Citrus fruit: Good
Citrus is high in vitamin C, which actually helps your body better absorb the aforementioned, all-important iron. So add some grapefruit, tangerines, or oranges to your diet.
Bottled beverages: Possibly bad
Frightening research has found that drinking bottled beverages containing Bisphenol-A can have long-term effects on fertility.
Enriched cereal: Good
If beans aren’t your thing, then you can get iron from enriched cereal, as well as long-grain rice and whole grains. If you’ve been looking for a reason to have breakfast, fertility may give you one.
Low-fat dairy: Bad
Though low fat dairy may typically be a good choice for those trying to lose weight, it isn’t a smart choice for women hoping to become pregnant. In fact, research has found that eating a lot of low fat dairy foods can increase the risk of infertility.
High fat dairy: Good
Well, naturally given the last stats, if you want to get pregnant, you should be consuming high fat dairy. Good sources of the stuff include whole milk, whole fat yogurt, and real, non-skim cheese.
High mercury fish: Bad
You know not to have the stuff when you’re pregnant but what about when you’re trying to become pregnant? Well, if you’re trying, then there could very likely come a time when you are pregnant and don’t yet know it. So don’t risk that by eating high mercury fish.
Tofu, tempeh, and beans: Good
What do these things have in common? They are vegetarian sources of protein. Replacing one animal protein with a vegetarian protein each day could help increase one’s chances of pregnancy.
Pasta and sliced bread: Bad
Fast-digesting carbs like white pasta and bread can actually lead to irregular ovulation, which obviously makes it difficult for a woman to conceive.
Brown rice and rye bread: Good
Instead of quick carbs, reach for slow-digesting carbohydrates like brown rice, rye bread, steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa, and oat bran.
Saturated vegetable oil: Bad
Saturated vegetable oils can negatively affect one’s cholesterol levels, and bad cholesterol and infertility have been shown to have a connection. So skip saturated vegetable oils.
Olive oil: Good
Unsaturated vegetable oils, however, can help your heart health and fertility. Choose olive oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil, and soybean oil instead.
Packaged baked goods: Bad
Trans fats also have a negative effect on your cholesterol, which, as we now know, can cause fertility issues. So stay away from pre-packaged baked goods as these tend to be loaded with trans fasts.
We know that you shouldn’t drink while you’re pregnant, but what about those nights when you’re trying to loosen up with your partner and become pregnant? You may want to stay sober then, too, studies suggest.