FOODS FOR FERTILITY - PCOS Diva
FOODS FOR FERTILITY

What should I eat if I want to increase my fertility?  This is a question that I have been receiving a lot lately.  If you have been following my blog and status’ on facebook, then you know I advocate a clean eating approach.  I reclaimed my fertility eating this way.  If you are eating clean, whole foods and  reducing processed foods, this will certainly help fertility.  You want to make sure that you are eating ample amounts of nutrients that support fertility.  It is also advised to reduce contributors to low folate like smoking, alcohol and gluten if you have a gluten sensitivity or celiac disease.  Studies have shown that supplemental folate (in a pre-natal vitamin) is often not enough. Folate from food sources provide an even greater benefits. Here are some key nutrients that support fertility and the foods in which they are found-

Folate – Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, endive, whole grains, sunflower seeds

Vitamin B12 Meat, shellfish, eggs

B6 – Whole grains, vegetables, nuts and seeds, meat and fish

Choline – Egg yolks, meat seafood, nuts and seeds, broccoli and brussels sprouts

Methionine= Sesame seeds, brazil nuts, eggs, fish, peppers and spinach.

My seasonal meal plans are a great place to start.

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  • I assume that Spring Fever has placed fertility on the minds of a lot of PCOS women. I’ve read many posts regarding fertility. I must say that it is now becoming a concern for me because I am 36. Unfortunately, I have developed a host of allergies because of years of poor eating. I can only eat some of the things mentioned in this post. I am slowly turning things around and enjoy reading such inspiring blogs like yours.

  • Ashley Costello

    Hello! I cant find a link to message you personally. I was wondering if you would help my husband and I out? We are suffering from infertility and loss as well. My clinic newLIFE is doing a contest on facebook that is open to the public. The couple with the most “Likes” on their picture will win ten thousand dollars worth of treatment. We have been praying for a chance like this! As active duty military we are suffering under the financial strain of seeing an off base doctor. I was wondering if you wouldnt mind posting the link on your page? If you could help us that would be great! Thank you 🙂

    The link to our photo
    https://www.facebook.com/FertilityNews#!/photo.php?fbid=10150307087877108&set=a.10150121228457108.284392.212631062107&type=1&theater

    • Amy

      Just posted on Facebook. Wishing you the best!

  • Bergitta

    My husband and I have been trying for about 18 months now and we still have no baby. I don’t want to do IVF or anything like that. I’d like to stay natural if I can.

    Does anyone one know how you can increase your fertility or chances of conceiving?

    • Amy

      Lifestyle change like I advocate on PCOS Diva is very helpful – It worked for me. I got pregnant naturally (a big surprise) at age 37! You might look into acupuncture too.

    • We tried acupuncture. It works for a lot of people. Unfortunately, not for us. We are doing the food and lifestyle change. We hope to one day have our own little one biologically, but for now we are awaiting our adopted little one.

  • Mariannag7282

    I’ve been following your blog and diet advice for about a month now while doing a provera and clomid cycle to try to get pregnant. This month as I was reaching the time that most women would ovulate, I had a few ultrasounds after which the doctor said it doesn’t look like the clomid worked and that she would like to try a double dose next month. She gave me provera to onset my period and its been almost 2 weeks and I still have not gotten my period. This has never happened to me before with provera. I am pretty slim – 120lbs, and I lost 6lbs in the first 2 weeks of being on the diet. Could it be that the new diet has caused a different reaction to the provera?

    • Amy

      Yes, diet changes can cause changes in cycle. I tell my clients that food is medicine and has a powerful effect on the hormones in our body. Make sure you are eating lots of nutritious foods.

  • Veronica

    Hi Amy,

    Is it possible to e-mail you privately??

    Thank you.

  • Phelan

    I went to a preventive medicine doctor and she told me to try to stay away from any meats as they cause inflammation in the body, especially with pcos. What is your take on this? It would be really hard for me to stay away from meat, and especially if it is supposed to be good for fertility! (my husband and I are ttc our second child)

    • Amy

      I don’t agree with that blanket statement. We are all bio-individuals and some of need animal protein to feel stable and good. My meal plans are anti-inflammatory and use lots of plant based food but I also combine high quality animal protein as well. http://www.pcosmealplans.com

  • phelan

    thanks for your response! I will definitely check out the meal plans!

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