Yep, Diet Swaps Definitely Boost Fertility

Way back in 2007, a study found that following a “fertility diet” was associated with a lower risk of ovulatory disorder infertility and other causes of infertility. This was based on information gleaned from over 116,000 women and essentially confirmed that a healthy lifestyle — one that ticked all the boxes for good nutrition, weight management, and physical activity — lowered the risk of ovulatory disorder infertility by 66% and infertility from other causes by 27%. For hopeful mamas-to-be, it was invaluable info. Fast forward more than a decade to a clinical review of diet and fertility studies, and the info still stands — science once again confirms that a healthy diet can definitely boost fertility. Here’s what to know about the fertility diet if you’re trying to become a parent.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

    • Science shows that following a fertility diet can lower the risk of infertility from various causes by a significant percentage.
    • The fertility diet includes prioritizing healthy fats, high-fiber carbs, plant-based sources of protein and iron, high-fat dairy, and multivitamins.
    • Supplementing with high-quality prenatal vitamins for men and women will fill nutritional gaps and ensure both parents-to-be are getting the nutrients they need for the best chances of conception.

The Fertility Diet in a Nutshell

While there’s some room for interpretation, here’s how the fertility diet is summed up:

    • Healthy fats — think olive oil and avocados — over trans fats, like margarine, baked treats, microwave popcorn, fried foods, nondairy coffee creamer, etc.
    • High-fiber, low-glycemic carbs, like whole grains
    • Plant-based protein sources over animal sources
    • Vegetarian-based iron sources, like beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds, over animal sources like red meat
    • High-fat dairy over low-fat dairy
    • Multivitamins

In other words, eating varied, nutritious foods and avoiding the processed stuff and too much meat is a good way to maintain a healthy weight and get the nutrients you need. In a perfect world, eating well would get you all of the nutrients you need for the many processes that drive conception, but, well, nothing’s perfect, least of all our diets. And that’s where supplementing comes into play.

The Value of Prenatal Vitamins During Preconception

beli-prenatals-nutrition-to-improve-fertility

In addition to underscoring the importance of nutrition, the clinical review had a few other key takeaways. Both folic acid and vitamin B12 were positively linked to fertility. And, as it happens, you’ll find both vitamins in the average prenatal vitamin. For parents hoping to conceive — yes, we’re talking about hopeful moms and dads — prenatal vitamins are highly recommended. And that recommendation is based on two factors. 

First, prenatal vitamins are formulated to deliver the right nutrients in the right amounts for a greater chance of conception. Case in point? Beli for Men. Our men’s prenatal is a research-backed supplement made with nutrients shown to support and promote various parameters of male fertility. We include vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to improve sperm quality, motility, and count, protect sperm growth, and improve egg penetration, among other benefits.

Second, so much development happens in the very early weeks after conception, often well before women even realize they’re pregnant. Folic acid and choline are critical at this stage to help prevent neural tube defects. You’ll find both in Beli for Women. We formulated our women’s prenatal to support mamas during all five stages of the pregnancy journey — from postpartum through all three trimesters into postpartum. We’ve included nutrients to boost fertility and egg quality, to support your growing baby, and to nourish you before, during, and after pregnancy. Plus, Beli for Women is one of very few prenatals on the market meeting current recommendations for folate, choline, iodine, magnesium, and vitamin D.

The Takeaway

We’ve known for some time that the health of hopeful parents-to-be plays a big role in a successful conception. And not only that, it can affect the health of a pregnancy and the lifelong health of their child — and even into the next generation! No pressure, but facts are facts. While so much of pregnancy is out of our hands, controlling our diet isn’t one of them. Science has shown us again and again that a healthy diet — AKA a fertility diet — makes a difference in our fertility. If the goal is getting pregnant, make a point of eating a varied, nutritious diet, supplementing with a high-quality prenatal vitamin, and getting regular exercise. Every little bit helps!

Additional Resources

PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility in women, but it doesn’t mean you can’t get pregnant. Supplementing with ingredients proven to support women with PCOS can help increase your chances, and so can speaking with your doctor and dietician.

Read More

Science makes it clear that key micronutrients really do play a role in fertility. If you’re researching how exactly that works, and what exactly you should be taking, here’s what to know about the right vitamins and minerals for healthier sperm and eggs.

Read More

An icy-cold, nutrient-dense smoothie is perfect in the dog days of summer, and we've worked up a recipe that makes taking your prenatal vitamins a downright treat. Pair this Beli summer morning smoothie recipe with your Beli prenatals and drink up!

Read More

It’s 2022, and CBD has officially arrived. But what does it mean for couples, and specifically men, trying to conceive? Does CBD have an impact on male fertility? Here’s what the most current research says, and what you should keep in mind about CBD products if a baby is the plan.

Read More

Research shows that the overall health of both biological parents during the preconception window plays a huge role in everything from conception to pregnancy health to the lifetime health of their baby. Luckily, there are simple steps you can both take to improve your health together.

Read More

The decision to add another baby to the family is thrilling. But what happens if trying for baby number two or three isn’t as easy as it was the first time around? Unsurprisingly, secondary infertility can feel like a slap in the face, but understanding more about the issue is always empowering.

Read More

You know that vitamin D is one of those essential nutrients we need to be healthy, and you probably know it’s a key player during pregnancy, too. But did you know that vitamin D may directly influence fertility?

Read More

If you have endometriosis, you can already recite its lengthy list of pretty terrible symptoms. And the standard options for managing those symptoms — medications, hormone therapy, hormonal birth control, estrogen blockers, surgery —  aren’t always great. But there is evidence that a so-called “endometriosis diet” can help.

Read More

These days, men’s prenatal vitamins are part of the fertility and conception conversation — and they should be. Sperm health plays a big role in everything from conception to the health of future generations. But how did we get here? This is the story of Beli Vitality, the men’s prenatal vitamin that started it all.

Read More

"Infertility problems aren’t just all about the woman- it’s about the men too! Beli for men does a great job with taking all of the vitamins and supplements needed and wraps them up into one pill, which is very convenient for him. It has everything from Vitamin C, D, E, B6, B12, Zinc, and more to help increase sperm quality and count!"

Read More

There are a few things you can try to get pregnant faster, but they won’t work for everyone. Still, in the interest of positive thinking, we did some digging and came up with 5 obvious and not-so-obvious tips for getting pregnant faster.

Read More

Fertility nutrition is absolutely in your control, so yes, men should take prenatal vitamins if they're trying to have a baby. But if you’re not entirely sold just yet, let’s see what else the science says.

Read More

Is there anything unsexier than scheduled, pressure-ridden, trying-like-hell-to-conceive sex? But good news. We’ve found handy workarounds and tricks of the trade, so forget the basal temperature chart for a second and read on for four ways to keep things hot when you’re TTC.

Read More

The quality of a man’s sperm is measured a few different ways, but spoiler — motility is critical. Read on for a deep dive into this aspect of sperm quality, plus details on how to improve sperm motility.

Read More

There’s an entire body of evidence proving that regular exercise improves sperm quality. And since sperm quality plays a critical role not only in conception, but the health of the placenta and the lifelong health of your future baby, well, that’s pretty compelling motivation for a serious gym habit.

Read More

There is evidence that women on the Pill have lower nutrient levels than those who don’t, and it’s a shortfall that can stick around. Here’s why you really should take prenatal vitamins while you're on birth control, and definitely afterward if you’re trying for a baby.

Read More