Posted: Jul 20, 2012 9:00 AM
 
Can what you eat really impact your chances of getting pregnant? It's worth a try if you're trying to conceive! Check out our list of fertility-boosting super foods to help you conceive.

Iron

A high intake of iron has been shown to help increase fertility. But it needs to come from the healthiest sources -- not chowing down on a juicy steak nightly when trying to conceive. Instead, get your fill of iron from three daily servings of lean animal proteins like turkey, chicken breasts and lean beef. Get the remainder of your iron intake from fruits, vegetables, beans, quinoa and tofu.

Full-fat dairy

This is probably the best news you'll hear as a woman trying to conceive (besides your doctor announcing, "You're pregnant!") -- full-fat dairy like whole milk, ice cream and cheddar cheese has been shown to increase a woman's odds of getting pregnant.

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But don't go overboard with that news! The amount of full-fat dairy recommended is two 1/2-cup servings per week. Remember that overweight women tend to struggle with infertility so maintain a healthy body weight by consuming mostly low-fat dairy products like yogurt and low-fat milk, with the occasional full-fat dairy treat tossed in.

Berries

Raspberries and blueberries are full of antioxidants that can protect the cells in your reproductive system (ahem, your eggs) from damage and aging -- and that's good when you're trying to make a baby. Strawberries and blackberries are good options, too. Opt for the whole fruit or frozen varieties.

Whole grains

Trade in your favorite refined carbs for healthy whole grain ones if you want to up your chances of getting pregnant. Why? Refined carbs can cause a spike of insulin in the body that can mess with your reproductive hormones and even your cycle. No es bueno when you want to get preggo.

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Omega-3 fatty acids

These healthy fats increase blood flow to your reproductive organs and can even regulate reproductive hormones. Get your omega-3s from wild salmon and other fatty fish, flaxseed, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and omega- or DHA-enriched eggs.

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Bottom Line^It's important to maintain a healthy diet and avoid over-processed foods, foods full of trans fats, fried foods and too much caffeine, which can hinder your chances of getting pregnant.

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