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
Other Creating a Family Resources You Will Enjoy
- Four Foods to Avoid When Trying to Get Pregnant
- 5 Natural Treatments for PCOS
- Single Best Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Fertility
Source: Creating a Family Radio Show with Dr. Andy Toledo on How to Get Pregnant When It’s Not Happening Fast
Image credit: Jill Wellington
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Am ttc frm 5 yrs no result pls help me
I’m so sorry for your struggles to conceive. We hope that you are, by now, working with a reputable reproductive specialist – an infertility clinic. If not, ask your primary physician for a consultation and a recommendation to help you work through your health history and discuss your goals and options.
Here’s a resource to help you find a good fit: https://creatingafamily.org/infertility/resources/finding-infertility-doctor-clinic/
We wish you the best!
M trying to get pregnant fast please help
Have you seen this article yet? It might be of interest to you: 3 Foods Every Woman Trying to Get Pregnant Should Eat
And make sure to schedule an appointment with your gynecologist to discuss your plan.
Best to you!
Hi I’ve been trying to get pregnant for years but nothing I’m 30yrs old & my spouse he’s 35 I went to the doctor bt bcz I’ve been having abdominal pains, headache, dizziness etc…all the signs of pregnancy where the but he always tells me I have cyts he keeps on injecting me give me antibiotics but nothing helps,last month November I had my periods twice 1&26 but I wasn’t surprised coz it happens a lot plz help me what can I do.
Thanks for reading and reaching out. It sounds to me as if you should seek out a reproductive endocrinologist, to get a thorough work-up including a comprehensive health history and physical exam. You can share your concerns, your symptoms, and your hopes for treatment and work on a plan together with someone who is experienced in reproductive health.
Best wishes to you!
I have been trying to get pregnant we have been trying for 2 months and nothing yet I am 19 and I just want to have a baby! What could be the problem
We are not medical professionals, so we cannot answer that question for you. We would suggest that you meet with your doctor and work together on seeking out the answers.
Hi there i’m a 29 years old and have tried to get pregnant since 2012 but nothing. I am getting worried that I won’t be able to get pregnant. My patner of 2 years at the moment have children off previous relationship so I dn’t think it can be him. I am also scared to go see a doctor because I dn’t want to hear if it’s bad news. Is there anything I can do ? Please help
Thanks for reading and reaching out. I understand the fear of not wanting to hear negative reports from the doctor — the “what if” is big and scary. BUT, having said that, I still think it’s time for you to speak with a doctor. I think your general practitioner is a fine starting point — give all your concerns, the best details of your medical history that you can include, and get his or her advice on the next steps forward. We aren’t medical professionals, so a doctor that you know and trust is the way to get this ball rolling.
well not knowing is worse because your problem may be able to be fix or you can plan for other ways you guys can have kids please do not delay your happiness if a bay is what you want babies are a blessing and challenging at say time hope this helps make your appointment today to see doctor be encouraged.
I had a miscarriage in 2009 and 2012 since then I’ve been trying but nothing till today,what can I do to convince
We are so very sorry for your losses. As we are not doctors or specialists, we can only advise that you find a doctor — or talk with your own to help you find one — that specializes in infertility care. Be sure to get your whole health history record for him or her to review together. Here’s some help for Getting Started with Infertility Care.
Best of luck to you!
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
Congratulations on your growing family!
What remedies did you use.. Interesting story
what did you use to get pregnant?
Trying to get pregnant since August 2019. What can I take as food suppliment that will help me conceive?
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!
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?
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!
Can u use a turkey baster to insert the semen your vagina to get pregnant?
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.
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?).
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.
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.
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!