For you to maintain a healthy fertility diet, you must know what foods to avoid when trying to get pregnant. It is critical to know what foods not to eat. You must adjust to a new set of nutrition rules as soon as you start thinking about conceiving. This is especially critical when you are undergoing fertility treatment. Eating right is not easy – so let’s get a jump start on a fertility diet so that you can avoid unhealthy foods.
Categories of Foods to Avoid
Avoid food products containing:
- Artificial ingredients
- Synthetic hormones
- Potential contaminants
These categories of foods lessen the chances of conception and can potentially harm your baby should you get pregnant.
Stick to Whole – Not Processed – Foods
When you go grocery shopping, stick to whole foods. Leave processed foods on the shelf.
- Lean meat or plant-based protein balance
- Healthy fats
- Fiber – including fruits and veggies
To boost your gut microbe, regulate your hormones, and lower your stress – all three of these food categories will prepare your body for a healthy and successful pregnancy.
Key Foods to Avoid
These are foods to keep at a minimum when you’re trying to get pregnant and avoid altogether when you do conceive.
- High mercury fish – swordfish and tuna – can damage the fetal nervous system
- Soda – diet and regular – cause blood-sugar spikes and gut-bacteria
- Trans fats – cause inflammation and insulin resistance by disrupting the flow of key nutrients to the reproductive system
- High-glycemic index foods – make your blood sugar spike, causing inflammation, altering hormones, and impeding ovulation
- Low-fat dairy – contain androgens, male hormones interfering with your menstrual cycle
- Excessive alcohol consumption – depletes the body of Vitamin B, lowering the chances of pregnancy and harming fetal growth
- Unpasteurized soft cheeses – may contain listeria and increase the risk of miscarriage (Brie, Roquefort, Camembert, Gorgonzola)
- Deli meat – may also be contaminated with listeria (lunch meat, hot dogs, smoked fish)
- Raw animal products – meat, seafood, and eggs may contain salmonella, coliform bacteria, or toxoplasmosis that can pass through the placenta and infect the fetus (skip sushi, carpaccios and cook all raw animal products thoroughly)
Whole Body Health & Pregnancy
Nutrition and whole body health go hand-in-hand with optimal fertility health. A healthy daily routine will increase your chances of conceiving and help to support a successful pregnancy.
- Stop smoking because women who inhale nicotine are more likely to be infertile
- Recent research suggest vaping harms the lungs and heart
- Vaping artificial flavors have a toxic effect on reproductive cells
- Eliminate unhealthy foods in your diet by avoiding processed and fast foods
- If you are overweight – BMI of 25+ – losing weight will help to increase your fertility
- Get plenty of sleep to avoid irregular menstrual cycles
- A lack of sleep leads to weight gain
- Weight gain leads to ovulation problems
- You should get at least 8 hours of sleep to increase your fertility
Fertility Diet Expertise
Yes – a healthy fertility diet really does work. The best fertility diet will promote whole body health and promote the best chance of a successful pregnancy. Read Dr. Laurence A. Jacobs’ opinion about the best fertility diet as quoted in Livestrong.com. Book your Telemedicine Consultation via Zoom with Dr. Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.