“Is there anything I can eat to help me get pregnant?” I hear this question all the time. It would be great if the answer was a simple yes or no, instead I must answer with “possibly”. While there is no magic food that you can eat which will guarantee getting pregnant, there is a way of eating that can increase your chances. This is when meeting with a Registered Dietitian can be greatly beneficial. I work out of CNY Healing Arts Center in Syracuse NY and 95% of my clients are looking for fertility-food answers.
The best diet to help you get pregnant is one that contains a variety of foods. That means not avoiding any specific food groups, eating the right amount of calories, limiting trans-fats and saturated fats, increasing vegetable proteins and whole grains. And that’s just to name a few of the healthy steps towards a fertility friendly diet. The overall diet is what you need to be concerned with, which is the way you eat day after day after day. One specific food is not going to be the key to getting pregnant. However, certain foods can help…
Did you know that eating cruciferous vegetables can help with your estrogen-progesterone ratio? Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage. These vegetables stimulate the body to use estrogen more effectively. Estrogen is important for preparing the uterus to house the fertilized egg each month. Cruciferous vegetables also are known for helping to prevent diseases, such as cancer. So what does this mean for getting pregnant? Make sure you include these veggies in your diet. It doesn’t have to be everyday in mass amounts, just make sure that most days of the week, you have a serving (1/2 cup) of these powerful vegetables.
There are many pieces to a fertility friendly diet. Not only are you eating to increase your chances of pregnancy, but also to create an adequate store of vitamins and minerals for when you do become pregnant. The best way to make sure you are on track with your diet is to meet with a Registered Dietitian. Feel free to email me or call CNY Healing Arts to see if this is an option that may work for you. Now, go enjoy a nice big bowl of broccoli!
If you would like more information, please join me for my free Nutrition for Fertility Workshop on Saturday, April 17th, 1-2:30pm in the Yoga Studio at CNY Healing Arts, Syracuse, NY. RSVP to 315.671.5755.
Heather Neely, RD, CDN
CNY Healing Arts Center