Fertility Food: Good Nutrition for Successful Conception

As more and more women delay the decision to have babies, they will need some extra help when they eventually decide it’s time to start a family. Preparing the body for conception is crucial. And the best way is to start eating the right kind of food. Here are some foods to improve female fertility.

Complex Carbohydrates

Eating carbohydrates is important for women trying to get pregnant. However, it’s complex or slowly digested carbohydrates that matter, not simple carbohydrates, say Harvard researchers Dr. Jorge E. Chavarro, Dr. Walter C. Willett and Patrick J. Skerret.

In their article entitled “Fat, Carbs and the Science of Conception” that appears on the 2017 issue of Newsweek magazine, the researchers write that eating lots of rapidly digested carbohydrates that continually increase blood sugar and insulin levels in the body can reduce the chances of becoming pregnant. “On the other hand, eating whole grains, beans, vegetables and whole fruits – all of which are good sources of slowly digested carbohydrates – can improve ovulation and chances of getting pregnant,” they add.


Include iron-rich food such as lean meat and poultry in the diet or take iron supplements to improve fertility. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health studied the diet information of 18,500 pre-menopausal women who conceived or attempted to conceive over an eight-year period. They found that women who used iron supplements were 40% less likely to have infertility problems related to ovulation than those who didn’t use iron supplements.

Calcium and Vitamin D

Calcium and Vitamin D are not only important for strong bones and teeth, they also help women before and during pregnancy. Calcium is necessary for proper hormone balance while low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to infertility. So eat low-fat dairy products and have lots of natural sunlight. For optimum result, also take calcium and vitamin D supplements together between meals.


Together with calcium, magnesium can help support the rhythmic contractions of the fallopian tubes, which in turn help sperm to meet the egg for conception. Those who opt not to supplement additional magnesium can add brown rice, nuts, barely, legumes and green leafy vegetables to the diet.

Vitamin C

Touted as the king of vitamins, vitamin C is extremely important to boost the immune system and for general health. And good health should be the top priority of any woman wishing to become pregnant. Fruits and vegetables such as those from the citrus family, strawberry, kiwifruit, blackcurrant, rose hip, brocolli and brussel sprouts are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C supplements are also recommended.

Vitamin E

This is a very potent antioxidant and and improves circulation. Women who take about 200iu of vitamin E daily can improve ovulation and fertility. Vitamin E absorption is improved when taken with selenium.

While these nutrients are important to promote female fertility, there are many others which should be included for general health as well. The trick is to have a wide variety of fresh foods every day and supplement the daily diet with vitamins and minerals where necessary. Ideally, get a doctor’s opinon before starting on any dietary supplements to enhance fertilty.

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