Fertility, infertility, conception, implantation – all of these terms can trigger stress when you are trying to get pregnant. There are tons of advice available to couples trying to conceive – get proper exercise, manage your stress, get proper sleep. However, there is another aspect of your life that can help you conceive – your diet. There are certain foods that help implantation and can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
Top Foods That Help With Implantation
Surprisingly, there are many foods that help with implantation, and (thankfully) they aren’t terribly disgusting! From fruits to Kidney Jing tonic and blood tonic foods, these nutrients will help to prepare the body for implantation. With so many options to choose from, you are sure to find foods that you absolutely love, to add to your diet.
Pineapple is an implantation “wonderfruit.” It contains the antioxidizing enzyme bromelain, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. When it comes to the implantation of an embryo, having balanced hormones isn’t enough – the uterus needs to be prepared and receptive of the embryo. Actually, the bromelain in pineapples helps to lessen the inflammation in the uterus, making implantation more likely to be successful.
In order to optimize the use of pineapple as an implantation aid, slice the pineapple into 4 equal portions and make sure the keep the core. Surprisingly, the core has the most bromelain. Eat the pineapple over the course of the implantation window. You can even blend it into a smoothie if you’d rather drink it.
2. Brazil Nuts
Brazil nuts are a fantastic source of selenium, which is a mineral that thickens the uterine wall and promotes a healthy uterine lining – both of which aid in implantation. Additionally, selenium is a natural anticoagulant that helps to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries. Also, it helps to prevent blood clots from forming that could cause a miscarriage.
To benefit from brazil nuts, you should eat about 2 or 3 brazil nuts each day from the first day of ovulation until at least 10 days post ovulation. Only eat them fresh or raw. Do not roast or cook them.
3. Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate juice is a dark red nectar that helps to increase blood flow. It also has anti-inflammatory properties! This fruit combines the benefits of pineapples and brazil nuts.
For that reason, ancient Persians considered pomegranates to be a symbol of fertility. The fruit is full of antioxidants and micronutrients necessary for implantation, such as vitamin C, folate, and vitamin K.
The suggested “dosage” of pomegranate juice is 1 cup of 100% pomegranate juice daily throughout your menstrual cycle in order to get the most benefits from the superjuice.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods For Implantation
Anti-inflammatory foods should be included in your entire diet to promote healthy implantation. As stated earlier, an inflamed uterus is not suitable for conception.
Some anti-inflammatory foods you can choose include:
- Olive oil
- Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collards
- Nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, and black sesame seeds
- Fatty fish like salmon
- Fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
Kidney Jig for Successful Implantation
In Chinese medicine, Kidney Jing is incredibly important. It is what nourishes and provides for the reproductive system. According to Zhang Jie Bin, a well-known Chinese doctor, “There are two kidneys, (kidney yin and yang), with the Gate of Vitality between them. The kidney is the organ of water and fire, the abode of yin and yang, the sea of essence, and it determines life and death.”
Foods that help to support and replenish Kidney Jing include:
- Bone broth, roasted bone marrow, stews, slow cooked meats
- All nuts and seeds
- Caviar, seaweeds, and algaes – including spirulina and chlorella
- Organ meats like liver, heart, and kidneys
Blood Tonic Foods for a Healthy Uterus
Blood tonic foods are great for supporting a healthy blood supply to the uterus. As a result, this will will help to provide sufficient uterine lining for implantation. Adding a few blood tonic foods to your diet is recommended, especially if you tend to have light periods, have anemia, or experience lightheadedness.
Here are some blood tonic foods that you can consume are:
- Small amounts of dark meat chicken and grassfed beef, bison, or lamb
- Cooked dark leafy greens
- Dark berries like blackberries and goji berries
- Seaweeds and algaes
- Blackberry or raspberry leaf tea
- Beets and dates
- Nutritional yeast
Which Foods Can Hinder Implantation?
Just like there are foods to help implantation, there are also foods that can hinder implantation.
Name of Food
Reason(s) to Avoid
Fish that are high in mercury can cause mercury stores to build up in your body. As a result, this can decrease fertility and could cause issues with the development of your baby’s nervous system.
Sodas increase inflammation in the body and the uterus. It is also known to lower fertility.
Foods like chips, microwave popcorn, and fried foods are high in trans fats. These unhealthy fats can disrupt the flow of nutrients to the reproductive system.
HGI foods cause blood sugar spikes that result in inflammation, altered hormones, and disrupted ovulation.I.E. White bread, white rice, corn, and cereal.
Low-fat dairy products contain androgens that interfere with menstrual cycles.
Consuming too much alcohol decreases fertility, depletes your body’s natural vitamin B, and can harm a baby’s growth in the womb.
Unpasteurized Soft Cheeses
These kinds of cheeses have a high risk of containing bacteria like listeria, which can increase the risk of miscarrying.
Processed meats and smoked fish can also contain listeria. If you do want to consume deli meats, it is recommended to heat it up first to kill any bacteria.
Raw Animal Products
Raw foods can contain a list of bacteria – salmonella, coliform bacteria, and even toxoplasmosis. Always cook your meat.
Do Herbs Help with Implantation?
The health of your uterus is important for conception. Each month, your menstruation is supposed to clean out any lining that is not used for implantation. Sometimes the lining is not completely shed. This is where uterine tonics come in. “Uterine tonic herbs…support the healthy shedding of the uterine lining, increase circulation to the uterus and help tonify uterine muscles, all helping to promote a healthy uterine environment.” (Quoted from natural-fertility-info.com)
The TOP 5 Uterine Cleansing and Tonic Herbs are:
- Goldenseal root – helps to manage inflammation and encourages cleansing of the uterus
- Damiana leaf – increases libido and circulation to the entire reproductive system
- Dong quai root – supports reproductive tone; also rich in iron to promote a healthy uterine lining
- White peony root – supports hormone balance, promotes relaxation of the uterus, and relieves uterine stagnation; supports circulation to the pelvic area
- Raspberry leaf – provides nutrients that help to tone the uterus and normalize menstruation; helps build healthy uterine lining
In addition to these uterine tonics, there are three other herbs that can help promote uterine health and aid in implantation – cramp bark, black haw, and partridgeberry.
Cramp bark has traditionally been used as an herbal preventative for reoccurring miscarriages. It relieves uterine irritation and relaxes both the uterus and the ovaries. Additionally, the herb helps to relax the nervous system. Many people use this herb in conjunction with black haw for optimal uterine relaxation.
Black haw is another antispasmodic herb that helps to relax the uterus. It even helps to relieve menstrual pain. This herb, along with cramp bark, is used to “stop uterine spasm, contractions, bleeding, and nervous tension in early pregnancy.” Black haw can also be used to strengthen a weak cervix.
Both cramp bark and black haw are the go-to antispasmodic herbs for the uterus, and they have residual calming affects as well. Because they both act as mild sedatives, they can help to reduce anxiety and tension while promoting calmness. Don’t let the word sedative scare you, though. They are not near strong enough to knock you out!
Partridgeberry is specifically used to tone and support all tissues in the body, but especially the uterus, ovaries, and urinary tract. The herb “is often used in the case of a weakened uterus due to lack of menstruation, pelvic stagnation, previous surgical procedure to the uterus, and hormonal imbalance.” Partridgeberry can also be used to relieve painful cramping and prevent blood clots in early pregnancy.
In addition to foods that help implantation, there are also teas that you can consume for the same reason. However, with so many fertility teas on the market, it helps to have a guide to point you to the best ones. The following teas are the top 3 teas that help with implantation.
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1. Pink Stork Fertility Tea: Sweet Mint Tea
This is an organic loose leaf tea that is available in biodegradable sachets. It is caffeine-free and helps to support fertility by regulating the menstrual cycle and balancing hormones. Additionally, regulation of the menstrual cycle is important for healthy uterine lining.
2. Traditional Medicinals: Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea
This is another tea that can help with implantation. It is certified organic, kosher, and caffeine free! It also supports healthy menstruation and tones the uterus. On a side note, the toning of the uterus helps to prepare it during TTC.
3. Teavana Citrus Lavender Herbal Tea
This has notes of pineapple, orange, and sage coupled with lavender and chamomile for a soothing tea. It also has muscle relaxing and anti-inflammatory benefits. Therefore both of these benefits create a healthy uterine space for getting pregnant.
Fertility is not always a guarantee; for some women, it is a goal. Adding foods, herbs, and teas that help promote successful implantation, while you are trying to conceive can greatly increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy. Now that you have more knowledge in your arsenal, you’ll be on your way to conception in no time!
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