3 Foods That May Hurt Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Dr. Randy Morris

3 Foods That May Hurt Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Dr. Randy Morris

Hurt Chances Of Getting Pregnant

Women who are trying to get pregnant are often unaware of the harmful foods they are consuming. Many food products adversely affect a woman’s fertility and lowers her chances of getting pregnant. Lifestyle choices – especially harmful foods – significantly reduce a woman’s chances of conceiving a healthy pregnancy. – Dr. Randy Morris, Board Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Medical Director of IVF1 located in the brand new Naperville Fertility Center. A healthy nutritional lifestyle is critical for women trying to conceive. This is true, whether a woman is in her prime reproductive years – under 30 – or, in her advanced maternal years – over 35. Dr. Morris has compiled a checklist of foods that you should avoid when trying to have a healthy baby.

No. 1 – Avoid Trans Fatty Foods

Artificial trans fats – or trans fatty acids – are processed foods containing hydrogenated oils. Hydrogen is added to liquid vegetable oils in the manufacturing process for a solidification effect. Trans fats are listed in the ingredient list on food packages.Avoid all processed food products containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oil – the source of trans fats. These are processed, fried, and fast food products.

Food Products That Hurt Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Common sources of trans fats:

  • Margarine
  • Shortening
  • Baked Goods – cakes, cookies, crackers, pies, bread
  • Packaged Cake Mixes, for example Bisquick and other name or generic brands
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Fried Potatoes
  • Commercially Deep-Fried Foods
  • Potato Chips
  • Corn Chips
  • Movie Popcorn
  • Salad Dressing
  • Animal Products – milk, cheese, beef, and lamb
  • Processed Soups – Ramen noodles and other packaged noodle cups – these are really bad!
  • Fast Food – French fries, chicken nuggets deep-fried in hydrogenated oil
  • Frozen Food – fruit pies, pot pies, waffles, pizzas, breaded fish sticks

Low fat is not synonymous with no trans fats. Low fat pre-packaged food items contain a very high level of trans fats.

No. 2 – Beverages to Avoid

Water is your best source of hydration. Drink 5 to 8 glasses every day. However, avoid tap water and opt for filtered, bottled water at room temperature. Filtered water is much better for your optimum health. Unfiltered tap water contains chemicals. Cold water requires your body to expend much needed energy and circulation that is better reserved for your reproductive organs.Avoid these beverages:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sugary Sodas
  • Diet Sodas
  • Tonic Water
  • Unpasteurized Juices

No 3 – Other Foods That May Hurt Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

  • Raw or undercooked eggs
  • Certain fresh fish – raw Sushi, lox, shellfish such as oysters and clams
  • Mold-ripened, raw-milk, unpasteurized cheeses – brie, feta, Roquefort, queso blanco or fresco
  • Deli meats – hot dogs and luncheon meats
  • Store- and restaurant-made tuna, chicken, ham, and egg salads
  • Peas
  • Raw sprouts
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Soy – soy milk, edamame, miso, tofu, soy flour, soy-based vegetarian meat substitutes, and tempeh

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Randy Morris at IVF1’s Naperville Fertility Center and discover other healthy lifestyle tips to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Click below or call 630.357.6540.