Infertility seems to be affecting more and more women these days. With approximately 7.4 million women experiencing infertility in their lifetime, there’s a strong chance that you know someone who has dealt or is dealing with infertility issues. Furthermore, 1 in 8 couples have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to full term, according to the CDC.
Of course, there are various hormone treatments – with in vitro fertilization being one of them – that women can take part in, but those treatments can cost upward of $12,000. If you’re struggling to become pregnant, try out these natural remedies first.
3 Natural Ways to fight infertility
1. Remix your diet.
Ever heard of the “Trying To Conceive” (TTC) diet? Nutrition plays a major role when it comes to trying to conceive as your body needs the necessary proteins and fats required for hormone production. To increase fertility, try avoiding processed foods, sugars, starches and dairy. Instead, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens (lettuce, kale, spinach, etc.), organic dairy products, and healthy fats from foods, such as avocados and coconut oil.
Get more protein from plant foods like beans and less from red meat. Plant protein (from beans, nuts, seeds and tofu) comes with healthy fats, is relatively low in calories and can be helpful for weight loss.
Add in more seafood. Seafood is the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, and according to some scientists, these essential fats may have a positive effect on fertility. Research suggests that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may help regulate ovulation, improve egg quality, and even delay aging of the ovaries.
Omega-3s are also important for a baby’s brain and eye development and could have many other pregnancy-related benefits. These include lowering your risk of preterm birth, reducing your chance of preeclampsia, and easing depression.
Get more whole grains. A woman trying to conceive should eat as many nutrient-rich foods as possible, and whole grains are a great place to start, says nutrition specialist Cynthia Stadd.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) food guidelines recommend that you make