There are a bunch of “old wives tales” about things that you should do or eat to help get pregnant. There is no factual basis on these, but many women do it because hey, anything that MIGHT give me the slightest edge, I’m doing. I did EVERYTHING on my first IUI, which was unsuccessful. This time, I was much more lax, some I didn’t do at all, some I did when I remembered. I’m taking the laid back approach this round because, even doing everything right last time didn’t help.
Here is a breakdown of what I tried and why:
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea. No not Lipton or Bigelow raspberry flavored tea. I used Traditional Medicinals Herbal Teas from Whole Foods, Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea. Started CD1, and drank one cup every morning until insemination. It’s not a bad tea at all and since after my first cup of coffee at home, I drink a cup of tea at work, I just replaced whatever I was drinking at the time with this tea instead. Known as the fertility tea, many believe it may help to prevent early miscarriage and assist early embryos in attaching to the uterine wall. I drank one cup starting on CD 1 and did so until Insemination.
Pomegranate Juice: 100% pure Pom juice. Pomegrante juice has been rumored to boost fertility by increasing blood flow to the uterus and promoting a healthy uterine lining. I drank about 8oz of Pom juice each day until by 64oz bottle was gone. if you have a Costco nearby, they sell these big ones for a decent price. Pom juice is expensive! Its a tough taste, similar to straight cranberry juice. You can dilute it some seltzer or other juice if you need, or even incorporate into a smoothie!
Pineapple Core: You read that right, CORE. The core is high in Bromelain. Bromelain is said to improve your uterine lining which is essential to having a successful implantation and pregnancy. Take one pineapple and cut into 5 equal parts. The core is the most important part, you can eat just that piece, which isn’t as bad as you might think. You eat one slice per day starting on the day of insemination and continue the next 4 days. I make smoothies. I used the whole slice and add whatever I have in the fridge with some coconut water. I have even made it into a milkshake. Vanilla ice cream, slice with core of pineapple and some milk. THAT was good, but so are the smoothies.
Brazil Nuts: Brazil nuts are high in Selenium. Selenium helps thicken the uterine wall and a healthy lining to aid in implantation. Selenium also works as a mild anticoagulant that can increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, which may also increase the chance of conceiving. I ate 2-4 nuts per day, starting on IUI day until I went for my first beta test (bloodwork 14 days after IUI to confirm pregnancy)
This cycle I was much more lax, considering I did everything by the book last time and I STILL didn’t get pregnant. I drank the tea, when I remembered. Skipped the Pom juice, missed the first two days of pineapple core but I have eaten my brazil nuts! So we shall see!