4 Home Remedies That May Actually Help You Get Pregnant

Dawn Davenport

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Home remedies for getting pregnant

As soon as you start trying to get pregnant you are bound to hear “sure-fire” ways to increase your odds. Anyone who has ever been pregnant or knows someone who has (so basically everyone) will tell you what they did or ate or drank or thought that worked for them. Most of the home remedies that you read or hear are baloney (bathing in apple vinegar anyone?!?), but some are actually supported by research.

Check out the following popular home remedies and foods that might just help you get pregnant.

Home Remedies for Getting Pregnant

Soak up the sun.

Research has shown that low levels of Vitamin D can cause infertility. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that your body makes, starting when your skin is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It is crucial for good health in general and for getting pregnant.

We don’t know the exact amount of sun exposure for optimum fertility because it depends on many factors, including skin pigmentation, sunscreen use, and at what latitude you live. (You can learn more in a very thorough blog on what we know and don’t know about Vitamin D and how best to get it: One Easy Thing to Do Right Now to Increase Your Chance of Getting Pregnant).

Some people take Vitamin D supplements to make sure they are getting enough. You should first have your blood levels of vitamin D tested and talk with your doctor about the benefits of supplementation.

Eat More Meat

Turns out that eating more protein is good for your fertility and can help you get pregnant. Research has shown that the optimum diet for conception is about 25 to 35% protein. This protein, however, does not have to come from meat. To learn more, check out this blog: Best Diet for IVF and Increasing Fertility

Eat Less Junk

Simple carbohydrates found in white flour, sugar, and processed foods are bad for us in general and can make it less likely that you will get pregnant. You want to have carbohydrates in general be less that about 40% of your diet for peak fertility, and most of these carbs should be complex, including vegetable, fruit, whole grains, and legumes (beans, lentils, peas, etc.)

Drink More Water

We don’t actually know that drinking more water can help you get pregnant, but we do know that women who drink more water are less likely to consume sodas. And there is good evidence that both the sugar and artificial sweeteners in soda should be avoided when trying to get pregnant.

Some Foods That Might Help You Get Pregnant (or at least can’t hurt)

Pomegranates. According to Dr. Andy Toledo, a reproductive endocrinologist with RMA in Atlanta, eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice when trying to conceive or going through infertility treatment is likely not going to make or break your getting pregnant, but pomegranates are chock full of antioxidants and are good for us in so many ways, so why not give it a try.

Olive Oil. Much like pomegranates, olive oil is not a magic fertility elixir for getting pregnant, but it is generally accepted as part of a healthy diet, and we know a healthy well-balanced diet is good for those trying to get pregnant.

Avocados. Ditto to what was said about olive oil.

Words of Caution

Keep in mind that if you’ve been trying for 12 months (if you’re under 35) or 6 months (35+) and haven’t become pregnant, you need to see an infertility specialist. No food alone can cure the disease of infertility. Creating a Family has resources to help you find the right infertility clinic for you. Creating a Family Choosing a Fertility Clinic or Doctor: A Multimedia Guide For Those Considering Infertility Treatment

Source: Creating a Family Radio Show with Dr. Andy Toledo on How to Get Pregnant When It’s Not Happening Fast
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27/03/2017 | by Dawn Davenport | Categories: Blog, Infertility, Infertility Blog, Infertility Resources | 13 Comments



13 Responses to 4 Home Remedies That May Actually Help You Get Pregnant

  1. Avatar Mathabo says:

    My daughter is turning 7 year’s……I tried for almost 6:months now I am expecting twin’s….. home remedies helped me a lot…… thanks you

  2. Avatar vally white says:

    Trying to get pregnant since August 2019. What can I take as food suppliment that will help me conceive?

    • Tracy Whitney Tracy Whitney says:

      Thanks for reading our post, Vally. And for reaching out. We have a whole resource page with links to Tips & Tricks for Getting Pregnant – you’ll find a wide variety of diet and lifestyle changes and supports that might help you. Additionally, it would be good to reach out to your physician or a reproductive endocrinologist to investigate your specific fertility health if you are trying to conceive. Best wishes to you!

  3. Avatar Lerato says:

    I’ve been trying to get pregnant for more than a year,I drunk folic acid,eat ginger but nothing is happening do I have a problem?

    • Tracy Whitney Tracy Whitney says:

      Lerato,

      We are not medical professionals so if you have concerns about your ability to conceive, you should start a conversation with your primary care physician and ask for recommendations. Best of luck to you!

  4. Avatar Latia Johnson Outlaw says:

    Can u use a turkey baster to insert the semen your vagina to get pregnant?

    • Dawn Davenport Dawn Davenport says:

      We are not medical professionals and this is a question for your doctor, but yes, you can do a home insemination and some women use a turkey baster. You should talk with your doctor about the best way to do this and how to do it safely. If you are using donor sperm from a cryobank, they need to know that you want to do a home insemination.

  5. Avatar Mary Prato says:

    Hi,

    I am wondering if you have ever discussed artificial fallopian tubes, and if you can give me any information on the subject (has it been done successfully, has it worked?).

    Thank you!

    • Dawn Davenport Dawn Davenport says:

      Mary, we have not discussed it. It’s an interesting topic. I would suspect it would not be cost effective because IVF is available and is a “solution” to faulty fallopian tubes.

      • Avatar Aditi says:

        Hi, I have 7yrs old daughter now I want to conceive since September 2018 but still not able to conceive I had laparoscopic surgery on dated 14th of December for ovarian cyst now I am absolutely fine but doctor said that I have retroverted uterus what I have to do for conceive fast.

        • Tracy Whitney Tracy Whitney says:

          Aditi,

          This is definitely a question for your medical professionals. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for that length of time with those other health issues going on, ask your doctor for next steps or for a referral/recommendation of a specialist that can give you some answers. Best of luck to you!

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