In the few months, I’ve added quite a few things to my diet and lifestyle (and gotten rid of many others) because I’ve read that they can increase fertility. I’m not sure if they’re working or not, because I’m obviously not pregnant, but I thought I’d share anyhow. Also, women have been getting pregnant and having healthy babies for hundreds of years without all of these things, so don’t panic if you’re a little more relaxed about the whole thing.
1. Prenatal Vitamins – these are recommended across the board for anyone who is TTC. The ones I buy are from Shoppers Drug Mart, and they have the recommended amount of folic acid. If the prenatals you’re taking don’t contain around 1000mcg of folic acid, you might want to get an additional folic acid supplement. Folic acid is taken to prevent neural tube defects, but it works best when taken before you’re actually pregnant, and for the first few weeks.
2. Green Tea – I’ve been told that two cups of green tea per day can help with certain…aspects of the fertilization process. While J gets totally grossed out if I mention CM, I figure you’re all women who have heard about much worse than this. Also, the anti-oxidants in green tea are supposed to be great for you.
3. Small amounts of caffeine – women who are pregnant are recommended to have less than about 200 mg of caffeine per day. By sticking to my green tea, and maybe a small cup of coffee or a soda in the day, I’m drastically cutting back my caffeine intake. Its amazing – I’ve found the less caffeine I drink, the less tired I am, because my body isn’t relying on the caffeine boost all the time.
4. Low GI/Low carb diet – I’ve spent a while trying different diets based on the recommendations of my naturopath, and one that helps me feel a million times better is a low carb diet. I’m not talking Atkins, which is high-fat and fairly bad for you, but the diet I try to stick to has me eating lots of leafy greens, lean protein, and a few high fiber whole grains. Not only am I getting closer to having an ‘ideal’ BMI (which makes it easier to conceive), but I’m feeling great.
5. Evening Primrose Oil – this is a new one to my regimen. I’ve heard that it’s beneficial for women who are TTC because of the omega oils it contains. The capsules were on sale at my drugstore, so I snatched them up. We’ll see if they do anything.
6. Relaxation – the TTC process is super stressful, so I make sure to take lots of time to spend with J, and do things that I really enjoy. Tonight, that consists of lounging on the couch and writing, but most of the time, that means baking. I’m a stress baker…I love it.
Decidedly NOT-Carb-free Fudge Brownies2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup unsalted butter 1.5 cups packed brown sugar 5 eggs 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 tsp vanilla extract 3/4 cup cocoa powder In a heatproof bowl, melt together 1 cup of the chocolate chips, the butter and the sugar. Let cool. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time until incorporated. Add vanilla. Stir in flour and cocoa, and add remaining chocolate chips. Pour into a greased and lined 9×13 pan, and bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Don’t overbake if you like them gooey. Let cool for easy serving, or just dump into a bowl and top with icecream. Devour before icecream melts. Instant stress relief.