7 Steps to Boost Fertility Fast

You can boost your fertility - and you can boost your fertility fast.

Maybe you've been waiting years to get pregnant, or maybe you just decided it's baby time - whatever the case, these 7 steps will get you solidly on the way to a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby.

Step 1: Eat a Fertility Diet

Though there are seven steps in this plan, this one is the first you should make - and the easiest. Diet changes may feel overwhelming at first, but you can make them little by little over a few weeks and see big benefits.

High Protein & Low Carb

Researchers have proven that a high protein, low carbohydrates diet "greatly improves" fertility1.

It’s not surprising to discover that this diet also helps with insulin resistance, which is thought to play a part in PCOS 2. Changing your diet over to low-carb and high protein improves insulin response and it also helps your body maintain optimal hormone levels.

An easy way to start to make this change is to reduce grain products in your diet. Here are some example meals: 

Breakfast

  • Eggs with sauteed vegetables
  • Smoothie made with kefir, almond milk, strawberries, and some "hidden" greens
  • Fried eggs with turkey bacon

Lunch

  • A large, loaded salad
  • Egg salad served on lettuce leaves
  • Burger sliders with cheese served on lettuce bed - feel free to load with your favorite burger toppings (skip sugary ketchup)

Supper

  • Meatballs and marinara sauce served over spaghetti squash
  • Roast chicken, small sweet potato, green salad
  • Burger sliders with cheese served on lettuce bed - feel free to load with your favorite burger toppings (skip sugary ketchup)

As you can see, each of these meals provides plenty of protein and keeps the carb-count low, too.

Quick Tip: You can enjoy fruits on a low-carb diet, but choose those that are naturally low-carb, like blueberries and strawberries. A few apple slices spread lightly with peanut butter are another sweet and protein-filled snack.

Eat Enough - And Get Healthy Fats

In addition to eating a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet, you need to make sure you're eating enough. It's true that you don't need as much as you will when you hit your 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy, but you do need quality calories now.

Many women have trouble conceiving when they drop under 1500 calories a day, so try to hit a range of at least 1500-1800 calories a day.

We'll cover weight loss in Step 4.

Healthy fats are also crucial to conception. Research has shown that high-quality, full-fat dairy can greatly increase fertility 3.

This makes a lot of sense - the sex hormones all require fat for proper production. Many vitamins (such as vitamins A and D) are fat-soluble, meaning if there's no fat, you don't get these nutrients.

High levels of nutrients and proper hormone ratios are key to getting pregnant, so eating healthy fats is really helpful

There is a warning, however. The fats you've been told are "healthy" - like vegetable oils - are actually unhealthy and dangerous.

How do you know which fats to trust? Think about the fats your great-great-great-great-great-great grandma could have cooked with. If it's a traditional fat, it's likely safe. Here's a breakdown:

Healthy Fats


  • Full-fat dairy
  • Butter
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Oily Fish
  • Fats in Meat
  • Egg yolk

Dangerous Fats


  • Full-fat dairy
  • Butter
  • Avocado
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Oily Fish
  • Fats in Meat
  • Egg yolk

Make sure you're choosing healthy fats and staying away from chemically-extracted "new" oils - these are not healthy and can actually block nutrients you need for pregnancy.

You don't have to gorge yourself on fats - just choose the right ones and use them sensibly in cooking and flavoring your foods.

Nutrient Density Matters

It sounds like something you'd learn about in your high school science classes, but "nutrient density" just means that you want to eat foods that pack a lot of nutrition into each bite.

That means avoiding processed foods.  Choose foods that are loaded with nutrition.

You'll always see these "common" foods listed:

  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Leafy greens
  • Fruits
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But I actually encourage you to reconsider what you think of as "nutrient dense" foods.

Since you're trying to stay lower carb, whole grains are fine but use them in moderation. The same is true with fruits.

Super Fertility Foods – An Effective Natural Fertility Boost

Food is powerful. You can use food to cure disease, gain strength, and increase your health… …and you can use fertility foods to boost your fertility.

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Nutrition is one of the best ways to boost fertility because it creates long-lasting health. Not only are you making it easier to get pregnant, you're also creating a healthier environment for your newly conceived baby to grow within. Good nutrition creates a smarter, healthier, happier baby – and it gives you a good pregnancy that goes to term.

Here's an overview of special foods that greatly increase your fertility.

Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is a super food for everyone – and it's an especially potent fertility food. Cod liver oil is high in Vitamin A, which is absolutely essential to reproduction an preventing birth defects.

Did you know that beta carotene (the vegetable “Vitamin A”) is not actually Vitamin A? And many people cannot turn beta carotene into Vitamin A. Anybody with health problems, including infertility cannot make the conversion. Animal sources of Vitamin A are the only way you can effectively get the vitamin.

Cod liver oil also contains Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is epidemic in the modern world – as surprising a thought as that is! Vitamin D is essential – it's a precursor to most of your reproductive hormones. You simply must get enough natural Vitamin D (the synthetic stuff they add to skim milk is obviously not working).

In addition, you get vital essential fatty acids (EFA's) from cod liver oil. You need these Omega 3's and so does your baby. These good fats also boost your fertility and help balance your cycle and hormones. They're the literal building blocks of your baby's brain.

Cod liver oil boosts your fertility, and it feeds your baby's brain.

Maca

Maca originated in the Andes Mountains in Peru, where it's revered for its ability to provide nutrition and act as a medicine – and a potent fertility food.

Maca is full of nutritional goodness – minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. It's also viewed as an aphrodisiac and has spent part of its legacy being used a currency πŸ˜‰

It works to help balance your hormones, and can help with all symptoms of hormonal imbalance (including PMS, infertility, and male infertility).

Find Out More About Maca Fertility

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a fertility superfood that creates queens – literally. Royal jelly is the special substance fed to a bee to make her into the queen bee. It also helps nourish developing bees so they can experience superior health and development.

It seems pretty intuitive that such a substance would help boost fertility – and it certainly gives a fertility boost. It's thought to be one of the most potent supplements for getting pregnant.

Royal Jelly boosts male and female fertility. It helps increase libido and support the health of sperm and eggs.

Discover More Royal Jelly Fertility Benefits

Eggs and Fish Eggs

These are excellent fertility foods. You get superior nutrition and protein from both. Since they contain the building blocks of life they nourish your body exceptionally well. If you're getting wild-harvested fish eggs (caviar) and eggs from pastured hens they'll be high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

Eggs are like having a prenatal vitamin packaged neatly in a shell. Imagine something that can boost your fertility… …And give you a healthier baby, a healthier placenta, and a strong bag of waters around your baby (so you don't have premature rupture of membranes – a complication that results in premature birth).

Organ Meats

Along with eggs, organ meats have long been revered as a powerful fertility food by traditional cultures. Doctors used to recommend that all pregnant women (in fact, all people!) have liver at least once a week. There was good sense in their recommendations, and it's a shame that they changed their recommendations.

Notice that the rates of birth defects, premature birth, pregnancy complications, and infertility has risen as we've taken traditional fertility foods and pregnancy foods out of our diets.

You can eat any organ meats you like – liver, heart, kidney, etc. Liver can be hidden pretty easily if you don't care for liver and onions. Add 1/4 pound of liver to a pound of ground beef for spaghetti or lasagne. Or enjoy pate. Heart meat is a good organ meat and tastes almost exactly like roast beef. Traditional dishes like steak and kidney pie are good ways to get organ meats.

Organs provide massive amounts of nutrients to your body in easy to absorb and digest forms. They also build strength and give energy due to their blood-building power. This increases blood flow to your reproductive organs – vital while you try to conceive and during pregnancy.

Fertility Smoothies

Fertility Smoothies are not really “fertility foods” in themselves – they become so because what you add to them.

As you know, smoothies are a delicious way to get good things into your body. You can use a fertility smoothie to get various supplements and fertility foods into your daily diet easily and effectively.

Trying to Conceive Basics

Just what's important when you want to get pregnant? These trying to conceive basics get you off to the right start – so you get pregnant, sooner πŸ™‚

waterfall_fluidEvery month while your body is mixing up hormonal cocktails it's also doing something else – it's giving you pretty clear signs of when your fertile days are happening.

Your Fertility Signs

Have you ever noticed that sometimes you're a little more… moist… between your legs? How about downright juicy?

Did you know that's normal? Yeah, just stop now and take a deep breath.

There are also times in your cycle where you're going feel pretty high and dry. Times when you may not much be interested in your man's advances. And there may be times when you can't think of anything but getting him into the bedroom.

Luckily for you and me there's information available to help us read our bodies. The basics of natural family planning have been studied for a few decades now. Maybe you've heard other women talk about “charting their cycle.” This is how you find out your fertility pattern.

Learning about your basal body temperature, cervical mucus (also called cervical fluid or fertile fluid) , and cervix position will give you key insights into your body while you're trying to conceive.

Basically all those hormones dancing through your bloodstream cause you to have more copious and “slippery” cervical fluid when you're fertile. After you've ovulated that dries up – and your waking, or “basal,” temperature shifts upwards sharply.

More Tools for You

Learning to watch for these key changes in your body is the first step and is the best way to find out how to get pregnant fast.

If you're not getting pregnant quickly, though, there are other tips and TTC tools that can help you. This is also a good time to take stock of your – trust me, it's important!

An ovulation calendar is a program that calculates the days you'll be most fertile based on the first day of your last period and the length of your cycles. It gives you an estimate of when to look for fertile signs. Note that you may not be fertile when predicts – especially not if you have a history of irregular cycles.

If you're like clockwork, though, it can be helpful while you're trying to conceive!

How Your Man Works

Having an idea of what's going on with your man is a good idea, too. The male reproductive system is set up so he's always fertile – but “always” doesn't mean things never go wrong on his end.

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Read on for more information on tracking your fertile days, recognizing fertility signs, etc.

Still not sure where to start? Take a look at my article on creating a TTC blueprint.

Getting Pregnant Basics

So you want a baby…  and everybody has their opinion on how you can do that.  But you're here, so I'm guessing you want to get pregnant the old-fashioned way, hopefully avoiding expensive medications and procedures.

getting-pregnant-basicsFiguring out just where to start with natural fertility can feel, well, pretty unnatural.  It's confusing.  That's why this page is here.  It gives you what you need to know about getting pregnant naturally, from still-dreaming to finding out if someone new is on a 9-month trip to your arms.

Does any of this sound familiar:

  • Are you wondering how to conceive quickly?
  • Do you know how to tell when you

A Preconception Nutrition Primer

Well-planned preconception nutrition is not just important while you're trying to conceive – it's vital. It'll improve your health, boost your energy, and greatly improve your fertility. It's the most vital thing you can do to create a healthy environment for your baby-to-be.

A Little History

Did you know that traditional cultures universally had special preconception nutrition?

What do you think those past peoples did to prepare? …They didn't go on low-fat diet and start counting the calories.

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In fact, their preconception nutrition consisted of the richest, most nutrient-dense foods they could get! They ate eggs, cream, butter, raw milk, fish (and fish eggs), organ meats, shellfish, and other rich (animal!) foods.

They often started these diets as soon as a young woman began planning marriage. Others began feeding special foods six months before the woman hoped to get pregnant. And – here's one we ignore today – these cultures also placed emphasis on feeding the father-to-be these nutrient-rich foods. The fertility diet was vital for both parents.

What it's NOT

As I'm sure you've guessed by now, the “conventional wisdom” of eating lowfat food and completely avoiding the nutrient-dense foods is not exactly good for your fertility – or the health of your future child.

In fact, it's damaging. Doctors who devoted their lives to the study of diet and fertility discovered that “modern” nutrition resulted in women who could not conceive, or who could not carry their babies to term. It resulted in babies born with birth defects and who suffer from poor health.

Look at the skyrocketing rates of infertility today. Look at the skyrocketing rates of birth defects and chronic health issues faced by children.

So Where do I Go From Here?

Luckily for you and me there's information on the best fertility diets for us to use.

You need to know which foods to avoid when trying to conceive – and you need to know about special fertility foods. These foods have been considered sacred by people through the ages!

Do you want to slim down? Get important info on losing weight before you TTC – and get practical tips to lose weight and get pregnant.

You can also explore the preconception cleanse – and when you can safely do it (it should fit into a long-term plan for conception, not directly before you try to conceive!).

Tips for Getting Pregnant

You've reviewed the menstrual cycle and gotten up to speed on just what “charting your cycle” means. You're ready to jump into this trying to conceive thing.

I've gathered up some additional tips for getting pregnant that you'll find useful – including an info-sheet on how to get pregnant fast

I can't stress the importance of your preconception diet enough. It's so important I've dedicated an entire section to preconception nutrition! Your nutrition can make you more fertile, and you're establishing a good nutrient reserve for your future baby!

Baby Dancing

Ok. You and I both know that baby making gets, well, intimate. We both know how babies are made! But did you know that different positions may favor conception? It's true – there are some good positions for getting pregnant!

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Having fertile fluid helps you know the time is right to try to conceive. But there are some women who don't have as much fertile fluid.

It is possible to use lubricants while you're trying to get pregnant – you just need to be careful which ones you choose (some will hurt sperm!)

You can also look into herbs and supplements to increase the quality of your fluids.

Determining Fertility

Ovulation predictor kits can be a great help if you're having issues figuring out just when you're ovulating (don't worry, it can be hard to figure out exactly which day is the “big day”).

In fact, if you're already charting your cycle but feel a little unsure about when (or if) you're ovulating, getting some ovulation test strips is one of my first tips for getting pregnant.

You can also pick up a fertility monitor. There are quite a few on the market and they work in different ways, though all have the same goals as an ovulation test – to help you figure out when you're fertile.

One of the most advanced systems is the ClearBlue Easy Fertility Monitor – it's considered one of the most trusted device on the market (Click here for a video of me unboxing a new monitor or Click here to see a video of how to use the Clearblue Easy).

The above-mentioned fertility monitors and ovulation test strips can help you figure out if you're ovulating. If you're worried about your supply of eggs, or the quality of your eggs another simple at-home test – follicle stimulating hormone test strips – may help you identify an issue.

It's good to record what your monitor or OPK tell you, along with your other fertility signs. I recommend you use a cycle charting app for that

You can also get a discrete in-home male fertility test.

One Last Little Thing…

…ok this is actually a BIG thing – really. Look into conscious conception. Being mentally and emotionally prepared to try to conceive can make a giant difference in how quickly you conceive.

This is one of those tips for getting pregnant that you don't hear a lot about. But if you've gone through all the physical steps then your own mind could be having a giant influence on your success at getting pregnant! Go ahead and explore just how to make sure you're completely prepared conceive – mentally and emotionally as well as physically.