Foods to Limit or Avoid in a Fertility Diet
Everyone's diet will look different, and it's important to always listen to your body when it comes to nutrition, but if you're looking specifically to get pregnant, it may be helpful to know how the following foods can impact you and your partner's fertility and make your food choices from a place of empowerment.
If you're a java lover, you don't have to completely eliminate your daily brew, but it may be helpful to consume coffee and tea in moderation when trying to get pregnant. According to the Harvard study, several cups of coffee or tea a day had little effect on ovulation problems—but it could lead to dehydration.
"Our morning cup of coffee is the worst thing we can do from the dehydration standpoint," says Angela Chaudhari, M.D., a gynecologic surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. In addition and perhaps most important for those looking to conceive, caffeine is a diuretic that can prevent your mucus membranes from staying moist, affecting the consistency of your cervical mucus. (The more fertile cervical mucus you have, the better chances the sperm has of "sticking" to it and reaching the egg.)
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also recommends that pregnant people limit overall caffeine intake (whether from coffee, energy drinks, teas, or even chocolate) to under 200 milligrams a day, so it might be a good idea to get in that practice now.
Instead, consider replacing some of your daily caffeine with lower caffeine, decaf, and herbal teas. For instance, a study in Nutrients found that green tea may help improve fertility. While green tea isn't completely caffeine-free (an 8-ounce cup of brewed green tea has between 30–50 mg of caffeine on average), it contains less than an equivalent cup of coffee or brewed black tea. Other low- to no-caffeine options include herbal brews such as chamomile, hibiscus, and ginger teas.
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