I’ve had this post drafted for a while now so thought I better get it finished and get it posted. And also hope it continues to give me the nudge I need. I’m getting there, just slowly! As I mentioned in another post I have a series of 10 Fertility Boosting Smoothies that once I get the final 2 I will post as well.
And who knows maybe the pineapple I ate after ovulation last month did help my brief BFP?! It was something that I did differently after my friend has said she did when she conceived her baby girl. I also ate a lot of Avocado which I also did for Octobers BFP. I generally get a BFP when on a proper health kick though. Just need to make them beans stick now!
Some of this may be utter mumbo jumbo but at the end of the day they say you are what you eat, and I guess thats even truer when trying to grow another human. I know for sure when I get my magic BFP again I will be super healthy as I was the last short spell.
So the forums are full of pineapple being good for implantation and that you should start eating it from ovulation onwards, they also advise not to eat too much of it before ovulation as it makes the CM too acidic which is not a good environment for sperm.
Kiwi Fruit – Good for implantation apparently! http://www.thatslife.com.au/Article/Real-Life/Real-Life-Stories/Kiwi-fruit-made-me-pregnant
Broccoli, spinach and other leafy greens – high natural source of Folic Acid, v.important when TTC and in early pregnancy.
Plain nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds. Full of vitamins required for healthy eggs and sperm. Brazil Nuts in particular are frequently talked about on the forums and are chock full of Selenium so probably why so recommended.
Hazelnuts – One of the major health benefits of hazelnuts is that it is rich in folic acid. Folic acid is useful for growing babies and for adults. It plays a vital role in the production of red blood cells which are essential for oxygen transport across the human body. The health benefits of hazelnuts are further enhanced by the presence of the B group of vitamins. Vitamins B1, B2 and B12 are all present in hazelnuts. I wonder if Nutella counts?? On that note it is actually possible to make your own Nutella (you could technically omit the sugar or swap it for coconut sugar for a heather alternative, or honey as below:
Honey – Theres a few different articles floating around about honey and in particular Manuka honey. For me though its still a sugar and I try to limit its use.
Alkaline Foods for Conception
I’ve been using the Honestly Healthy Cookbook (http://honestlyhealthyfood.com) for some time now and the recipes are amazing, I’m just waiting on my copy of the new one. The tomato soup and butternut squash soup from the original are honestly amazing, you would never guess they don’t contain cream.
Heres some other info I found: Attaining a healthy PH balance is essential for reproductive health. If cervical mucous becomes too acidic, it can become hostile to sperm and prevent implantation (sperm favor an alkaline existence). For an ideal PH balance, 70-80% of your diet should be from alkaline foods, while 20-30% can come from acidic foods. Saliva is alkaline, so remember to chew your foods well to create an internal environment conducive to fertility.
Highest Alkaline Forming Foods:
String beans, banana, dandelion greens, dates, figs, prunes, raisins and Swiss Chard.
High Alkaline Forming Foods:
Almonds, asparagus, avocado, fresh beans, beets, black-berries, carrot, cranberries, chives, endive, sour grapes, kale, dried peach, persimmon, plum, pomegranate, raspberries, rooibos tea and spinach.
Alkaline Forming Foods:
Agar, alfalfa, apple, fresh apricot, globe artichokes, bamboo shoots, snap beans, sprouted beans, most berries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cherries, chestnuts, chicory, coconut milk, collards, corn (when fresh), cucumbers, daikon, eggplant, escarole, garlic, ginger root, gooseberry, grapefruit, guava, horseradish (fresh and raw), kelp, kohlrabi, leek, lemon, lettuce, line, loganberry, mango, melons, raw, milk, m millet, acidophilus yogurt and whey.
Almond, avocado, coconut, cottonseed, linseed (flaxseed), olive, safflower, sesame, sunflower, and walnut.
Highest Acid Forming Foods:
Alcohol, artichoke root, barley, bread, buckwheat, caffeine, coffee, corn (when processed and not fresh), custards, drugs, most flours, ginger preserves, honey, lentils, pate, oatmeal, peanuts rice, rye grain, soy bred, soy noodles, sorghum, spaghetti, and other pastas, sugar cane, raw beets tobacco, walnut, wheat.
Acid Forming Foods:
Dried beans, cashews, coconut, cranberry juice and concentrate, egg yolk, filberts, fruit jellies, (canned jams, sulfured, sugared, dried), grapes, pasteurized milk products, dry peas, pecans, Damson plums, tofu, fries and water chestnuts.
Acid Forming Fats:
Butter, cream, margarine and lard.
Theres tons of links on the web regarding fertility diets and a recent trend has now seen people following a Paleo approach, which I use a lot of recipes from. I also just downloaded the 21 Day Sugar Detox (http://honestlyhealthyfood.com)books on the recommendation of my Acu Dr to go sugar free. And these are also Gluten Free which is also inline with Paleo, and my other findings on links between gluten and miscarriages. Theres also more specifically an Auto-Immune Paleo diet which aligns itself to a fertility style diet.
So as you can see, I love my food, I love researching food and I’m a tad obsessed with it! Heres some pics of my more healthier endeavours!