What To Eat To Conceive | Top Foods To Enhance Fertility


What To Eat To Conceive

Are pre-conception eating recommendations wild rumours from those keyboard warriors or are there dietary sources available which enhance your fertility rates? Stay away from processed foods, lean meat and whole grains and dig into these top 5 foods which are bound to speed up the baby-making process.


#1 Bananas


Packed with vitamin B6, one of the most important vitamins required to aid conception via regulating hormones. Research suggests that vitamin B6 deficiency can lead to an irregular menstrual cycle and can also lead to poor egg/sperm development.


While there’s no such thing as a magical fertility diet, you and your partner can boost your chances at baby-making by simply consuming bananas!

#2 Shellfish


Oestrogen and progesterone are the main sex hormones in women, so how can you maintain these hormone levels via your diet? Consuming vitamin B12, found in shellfish has been suggested to link to deficiency and abnormal oestrogen levels which may, in turn, interfere with implantation of the fertilised egg.


B12 has also been found to strengthen the lining of the womb, decreasing the risk of miscarriage.

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#3 Eggs


Not only are eggs a good source of protein which is essential for embryo development, they have a high concentration of vitamin D. Scientific evidence suggests that infertile women are commonly found to have vitamin D deficiency. Therefore, an egg a day helps keep the midwife at bay!

#4 Citrus Fruit


It takes two to tango! When trying to conceive, the spotlight often falls on the female partner and her health. However, times have changed gentlemen! Prior to conception, men should enrich their diet with the necessary antioxidants and vitamin C.


Researchers have proven that citrus fruits, including oranges, grapefruit and lemons improve sperm count. Thus, maximises fertility rates.

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#5 Ice Cream


Surely not? You read that right, and we aren’t talking about those frozen yoghurt, low-fat varieties either. Daily servings of whole milk products have been found to protect against ovulatory infertility. To which skimmed milk and low-fat milk, surprisingly, do the opposite!


Don’t go overboard, though, we don’t want to encourage weight gain or brain freeze.

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye Reid has a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Physiology and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Sports Nutrition. Faye has worked with numerous high-profile oranisations, such as Men's Health, Sky Sports, Huddersfield Giants, Warrington Wolves, British Dressage and GB Rowing, providing her expert sports science support. Find out more about Faye's experience here: She puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding.

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