Trying to Conceive? Skip These Foods

Foods to Avoid While Trying to Conceive

For some women, conception is a trickier puzzle than it is for others. But, there is one thing that is true for all women trying to conceive and enter their new lives as mothers — they all need to get their body into the best shape of their lives through a balance of consistent exercise and a clean, nutrient-rich diet. For the purpose of this post, we’ll focus on the nutritional half of that equation, and identify some chemicals in common foods that can be contributing factors to your conception challenges.


 When it comes to whether alcohol negatively impacts your ability to conceive, the jury is still out in the research community. Some recent studies have found a link between moderate and heavy drinking with problems conceiving, stating that even small amounts of alcohol consumption can lead to almost a 50% decrease in the likelihood to successfully conceive. However, adding to the uncertainty surrounding this topic with relation to fertility is the fact that other studies have found no direct causal link between alcohol consumption and fertility in women. All studies do however agree that heavy drinking when trying to conceive, by the male or female, is a surefire way towards fertility issues.

While no one is absolutely certain how alcohol impacts your chances to conceive, it’s simply smart to play it safe and avoid alcohol entirely while to better your chances of success.

Bisphenol-A (BPA)

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is an industrial chemical that has been used to make plastic products since the 1960’s, and it has recently been linked to health issues—specifically fertility. Classified as an endocrine disruptor—a chemical that can interfere with the body’s endocrine system, producing negative developmental, reproductive, and neurological effects—BPAs have the ability to mimic estrogen in the body and lead to fertility problems. BPA has been actively removed from many products, but not all of them! You can avoid contact by avoiding plastic containers, paper receipts, and especially packaging labeled as “PC”(polycarbonate) or with recycling label #7.

High Mercury Seafood

 If you’ve spoken to your doctor about mercury and fertility, you probably have been told to wean yourself off of high mercury seafood at least three months before trying to conceive. If you wondered why the reason is simple, high levels of mercury in one’s diet has been linked to fertility problems in men and women. Again here the causal link isn’t clear, but the evidence is, men and women that consumer high mercury seafood experience higher levels of difficulty conceiving and run the risk of negatively impacting their child’s brain and central nervous system development should they get lucky.

If you’re a seafood lover, don’t worry, you have options. The following fish are considered to have low mercury content:

  • Shrimp
  • Trout
  • Oysters
  • Salmon
  • Tilapia
  • Squid

But no matter your food preferences, you should avoid these seafood options while trying to conceive:

  • Swordfish
  • Marlin
  • Ahi and Big Eye Tuna


 If you want to increase your odds for a successful conception, you’ll need to skip your morning coffee or tea, and afternoon soda. All of the dependable drinks are high in caffeine content, which research has linked to fertility challenges in women and a heightened probability of a miscarriage. In fact, as little as 200 mg of caffeine per day (that venti latte has a whopping 225mg!) has been shown to cause problems, so whether you’re looking to expand your existing family, or start one for the first time, we’d advise you to skip your daily caffeinated treat.


 In 2017, we should all know that smoking is unhealthy, and offers no benefits to your or your body. But if you need a great reason to quit aside from your own health, then consider the fact that smoking has been shown to cause infertility in men and women, and is a common cause for birth defects and genetic abnormalities in infants. Kick the habit as soon as you can to increase your chances for a healthy and successful pregnancy, and if your partner smokes, get him informed of how his habit is impacting your chances.

For more information on how traditional Chinese medicine and holistic techniques can help you conceive, contact the fertility experts at Yejee Acupuncture NYC today.

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