(Closed) Do You Think Diet Plays a Big Part in Successful Conception and Pregnancy?

posted 5 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
5000 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think having a health, well-rounded diet will help you to conceive, but there aren’t certain foods that will make you more or less fertile. 

I like Michael Pollen’s mantra: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Post # 3
7434 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I think it’s great to eat healthy, but I don’t really think it has a huge effect on fertility.

Post # 4
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Coral99:  Obviously having a really high or really low BMI can affect your ability to ovulate and if you don’t ovulate, you can’t get pregnant.  But as far as eating certain foods, I don’t think it matters as much as we think.

Post # 5
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m a strong believer that diet can affect health, either for better or worse.  So I don’t doubt that a poor diet could get in the way of fertility, while a healthful diet could help.  I don’t know that I buy that there are specific “fertility foods,” but I think overall we underestimate the impact of diet on health.

Post # 6
6706 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

SadieBee:  I completely agree with you 🙂 Diet is such an important factor on health. If we think of fertility as the ability to conceive, well health does play a role of course but it doesn’t dictate completely how fertile someone is over another person. In my point of view, being healthy makes it for a better environment to be pregnant and have a baby. 

Post # 7
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t know how much your diet affects your fertility, but I would say to eat as healthy as you can while TTC. Once morning sickness/nausea hits, you have no idea what you’re going to be able to keep down. I had dreams of eating all organic during my pregnancy, but when I was feeling worst, all I could stomach was sugary crap like Cocopops and gummi fruits, and chips and other junk. 

Post # 8
337 posts
Helper bee

Your diet can have an influence on your hormones. So yes, diet can have a lot to do with it. 

Post # 9
2656 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Coral99:   I don’t know. I’ve been TTC for over a year and in that time Ive changed my diet completely (though I wasn’t unhealthy), added supplements, given up caffeine and cut alcohol to almost zero. I’m still not pregnant. And I watch people get pregnant around me who’s diets are not great. I’ll add too that we’ve both been tested and all is good and I have had a pregnancy that ended in MC. At this point I’d try anything to get pregnant and I do think that diet plays a (very minor) role, but I think that some people are just naturally more fertile than others. Simple as that. 

Post # 10
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

phoebephoebo:  I completely agree.

I’m going on 5 months of trying and Darling Husband and I eat super healthy. Just found out a friend got pregnant first try and I see what she eats – it’s total junk. I do know there was a study that confirmed women with normal BMIs have a significant greater chance of getting pregnant. However, that still doesn’t mean they are eating healthy or working out, just that they are not overweight or obese. Of course the best nutrition you can provide your baby, the better, however. 

Post # 11
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I do believe it is important to ensure you have enough folic acid in your diet if you are trying to conceive, whether it actually helps with conception though, I don’t think so. 

Post # 12
87 posts
Worker bee

i just read the kind momma. I am entirely biased since I am already vegan, but it does have some interesting info in it pertaining to diet and getting your body ready for a baby.  

Post # 13
9021 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013


i am very healthy.  eat healthy, exercise regularly.  and we are on cycle 8 of ttc. 

sometimes i wonder what is the point when i see overweight, smokers, etc have healthy babies and then those that do everything right either have trouble or babies with issues.


Post # 14
1938 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I feel like the information age has totally magnified the importance of certain things until it’s blown out of proportion.  If you ask my Doctor, who is one of the best in my city, he says have sex the 3 days of ovulation.  That’s his one and only tip for getting pregnant (at least when he was sending me out into the world for cycle 1, lol).  If you consult Dr. Google, I need to give up all coffee,  soda, alcohol, foods that are white (that’s a joke), etc.  And, I honestly believe that sometimes all of the extreme sacrifices made for TTC, end up being part of the problem.  You lived on 2 cups of coffee and 1 glass of wine a day until TTC, and then you gave them up cold turkey.  Now you’re tired in the morning and stressed at night.  I can see that hurting as much as helping for some people.

Post # 15
3339 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

SadieBee:  +1  I don’t think we fully understand how much diet matters.

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