Inflammation is the enemy of pregnancy. When your body becomes injures, inflammation is a natural response, but if your body is in a long term inflamed state, it can cause a lot of problems related to pregnancy. Endometriosis, PCOS and even recurring miscarriages can all often be linked to inflammation.
One of the ways that you can fight inflammation is by adding foods that naturally counter it. Here are 10 fertility foods that should be a part of every woman’s diet who is concerned about inflammation infertility.
Inflammation Fighting Foods
- Salmon: Oily fish such as Salmon are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Just be sure to limit consumption and only eat wild caught Salmon to reduce any risk of excess mercury.
- Olive Oil: Great as an ingredient in salad dressing, Olive oil contains oleocanthal which is a powerful anti-inflammatory similar to ibuprofin.
- Sauerkraut: Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi can reduce inflammation in the gut. They contain probiotics which can regulate the levels of healthy bacteria.
- Green Tea: If you are a tea drinker, switch to green tea. Although all teas contain catechins which reduce inflammation, green tea contains a more powerful type called EGCG.
- Pineapple: Pineapple has been a popular fertility food for generations. It contains bromelain which has potent anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rosemary: Rich in anti-oxidants, this herb is also thought to boost the immune system. It is easy to add to your diet as a seasoning for chicken.
- Broccoli: One of the top veggies you can eat, broccoli contains kaempferol and quercetin, strong anti-oxidants. Not a big fan of broccoli? Try eating it in a cheese and broccoli casserole.
- Apples: Apples can not only lower inflammation, but also your cholesterol level. This fiber rich food will also help you keep things moving along during pregnancy.
- Egg Yolks: The best part of the egg, the egg yolk not only contains protein but has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.
- Macadamia Nuts: Eating just a couple ounces a day of macadamia nuts has been shown to reduce inflammation. Similar results can be achieved eating walnuts and almonds
Anti-Inflammatory Foods During Late Pregnancy
While anti-inflammatory foods may help you with fertility, there is evidence that they should be eliminated in your third term of pregnancy.
The ductus arteriosus is the extra vein that delivers oxygen rich blood to the heart. During child birth, when the baby takes its first breath, it closes. During pregnancy, it is inflammation that keeps this vessel open. Anti-inflammatories in late pregnancy have been linked to an early closing of this valve which would necessitate the need for an emergency C-section. Read more about this here.
Note that this is mostly linked to anti-inflammatories such as aspirin, but you can never be too careful. Consult your doctor for the final word but it may be best to cut out strong anti-inflammatory fertility foods during late pregnancy.