How you eat while trying to conceive can absolutely impact your egg quality. This is because your eggs take 90 days to mature before ovulation, so during that time it’s really important to take care of your body as much as possible (getting enough sleep, exercising, taking your prenatal).
There’s no fertility diet for women, per se, because there’s no one right diet for everyone. But, the foods we eat (and don’t eat!) can potentially boost fertility, because fertility depends your overall health as well as egg health. Think of this as your TTC nutrition guide! View our list of foods to increase fertility and feel free to make adjustments to suit your current dietary restrictions and lifestyle. You know your body best.
What to Eat to Boost Fertility
Here’s what you want to be sure to include in your diet before and during TTC:
Healthy Fats: Avocados, salmon, nuts, seeds, olive oil
Slow Carbs: Carbs are just fine, but opt for longer-to-digest carbs like whole grain, fruits, and vegetables like sweet potatoes.
Veggies: These nutrient-dense powerhouses require no explanation!
Water: Okay, so you’re drinking this, not eating. Potato, potahto. Aim for 8 8-oz glasses daily.
Prenatal Vitamin: Our prenatal capsule has all the nutrients you need for early fetal development, like folate, iron, and DHA, and taking it prior to TTC can help boost your egg health.
What Not To Eat
If you’re trying to conceive or thinking about TTC soon, here’s what to avoid.
- Processed foods
- Refined sugar
- Trans fat
- High mercury fish
- Caffeine (sorry, but here’s why)
You’ll notice that most of this is all part of an overall healthy diet. Taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do for your fertility, and it’s a great habit to start before becoming a mother!