• at March 19, 2018

    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for almost a year now. Let’s just say the results aren’t great. We went from being very casual about the whole arrangement to obsessively mapping out specific calendar dates and stocking up on way too many pregnancy tests in our medicine cabinet. It’s getting somewhat disheartening to see no results month after month. I’m starting to doubt myself and wonder if there’s something I’m doing wrong. Maybe there’s something I should be doing differently.

    I was wondering if my diet is affecting my fertility. Could this be the cause? In the past few months, I’ve been trying to eat healthier foods: green vegetables, lots of protein, and a variety of different fruits. To the food masters of OUF, what else should this girl be eating to increase her fertility rates? Thank you in advance!

  • at March 20, 2018

    Instead of stocking up on pregnancy tests, you should’ve been stocking up on dairy products. Drinking a moderate amount of milk and eating other dairy based products can actually lower your chances of infertility.

  • at March 21, 2018

    You do have to be careful about what type of milk you drink though. According to some scientific studies, low-fat milk and dairy foods are actually harmful for your fertility chances. Not all milk is created equal.

  • at March 21, 2018

    Interesting read! I didn’t know about the correlation between milk (or low-fat milk) and fertility rates.

  • at March 22, 2018

    As somebody who struggled with infertility for many years, I empathize with you. I know it’s not much consolation to you, but I did have success conceiving after trying for a very, very, very, very long time, so don’t lose hope! Hang in there!

    Back in the day, I kept experimenting with different foods in my diet to see it helped. You should try following this fertility diet. To be honest, I don’t know if it actually helped me or not, but I’d like to think it made a difference somehow.

  • at March 23, 2018

    One helpful piece of advice is that you should try to have a big breakfast every morning. I’ve read in a science magazine that women with irregular periods tend to have improved fertility success if they have a hearty breakfast. So start off your mornings with some cornflakes and scrambled eggs, and I’m sure you’ll find your bundle of joy arriving in no time!

  • at March 23, 2018

    Have you tried eating blueberries and raspberries? If not, add them to your diet immediately! They’re great for your fertility!

  • at March 24, 2018

    Don’t forget about your husband. His diet is just as important as yours when it comes to fertility.

    For men, they should eat plenty of:

    • chicken
    • fish
    • chocolates
    • berries.

    For women, they should eat plenty of:

    • spinach
    • nuts
    • beans
    • salmon

    My other advice is don’t be a picky eater. Even if there’s something on the list that you don’t like to eat, just give it a try anyway. Who knows? One simple change in your diet could make the difference at your next fertility check-up.

  • at March 24, 2018

    Yeah, don’t forget about us. We need to eat too. 😉

  • at March 25, 2018

    Ivy, I’m so sorry to hear that you’re having fertility struggles! Even though all of these dieary suggestions are great, have you considered seeking medical help for your infertility? If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for almost a year without any success, this problem doesn’t sound like it can be easily fixed just by changing a few shopping items in your grocery list. You need to see a fertility doctor for help.

    When I was having my own fertility issues, I went to see Dr. Cheng at IVF Canada for a medical consultation. It helped a lot, not just for my peace of mind, but also to hear professional advice and to have an examination performed on me. What’s great about seeing a professional is that they’ll give you a lot of resources. Maybe you need to see a specialist. Or maybe you need a special type of fertility treatment. Seeing a fertility doctor will greatly improve your chances of getting pregnant, more so than any dietary changes would. Please book an appointment if you haven’t done so already.

  • at March 25, 2018

    Thanks for all the answers, everyone! I have a lot on my plate – literally!

    Penny, your advice is terrific and I agree with you 100%. My husband and I weren’t really that serious about getting pregnant at the beginning, so we didn’t do all the necessary planning like we probably should have at the start. Now that we’re more serious and more informed, we’ll definitely turn to medical help. We started seeing a doctor recently, and it already made us feel so much better about our chances.

    Here’s hoping these fertility treatments work! We have our fingers crossed!

  • at March 26, 2018

    Think of it like golf. You’ll hardly get a hole-in-one on your first shot. Pregnancy takes time, but soon enough you’ll eventually aim well and land your winning shot. 🙂

  • at March 26, 2018

    We’ll be rooting for you, Ivy!