What to Eat to Get Pregnant with PCOS

Wondering what to eat to get pregnant with PCOS?

The majority of people with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) struggle with infertility. Researchers know more than ever about the influence of nutrition and fertility. A healthy diet not only can improve the metabolic and reproductive factors associated with PCOS but egg development and ovulation too.

Here are some clinically-proven ways to eat to get pregnant with pcos and get your body ready to support a healthy pregnancy.PCOS fertility supplements

Eat Less Meat

Women in the Nurses’ Health Study with the highest intake of animal protein (red meat, poultry) had 39% more ovulatory infertility than those with the lowest amount of animal protein. A high intake of animal protein was also shown to affect men’s sperm quality.

Eat More Plant Proteins

Women who consumed the most plant-based proteins had the lowest amount of infertility. Beans, tempeh, nuts, legumes and other plant-based proteins provide a rich source of iron and folate which are important for egg development and ovulation.

Include Omega-3 Fats

Women who ate omega-3 rich foods such as eggs and fish on a weekly basis were found to have improved fertility. Omega-3 fats have shown to be important in oocyte development and can improve androgens and insulin in PCOS.


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Don’t Skimp on Breakfast

You may be pressed for time in the morning but having a substantial breakfast (more than 190 calories) may improve your chances of conceiving. Thin women with PCOS who ate a bigger breakfast and lighter dinner experienced improvements in insulin, androgens and overall ovulation.

LowerYour GI

Eating low glycemic index carbohydrates that don’t shoot up your insulin and glucose levels has been shown to improve fertility in women with PCOS, even without cutting calories. Non-starchy vegetables (spinach, broccoli, peppers) and fruits with the skin on them (berries, apples) are generally low GI and provide vitamins and minerals important in pregnancy. To find out which foods are low or high GI visit www.glycemicindex.com.

Go For (a little) Full-Fat Dairy

While we recommend a low dairy intake for PCOS, a small amount of full fat dairy (1 to 2 servings a day) may actually improve your chances of getting pregnant. Women in the Nurses’ Health Study who consumed one to two servings of full fat dairy had better ovulation than those who had fat-free dairy. Researchers suggest that taking the fat out of milk changes the balance of sex hormones which can affect ovulation in women. 1 serving of dairy is the equivalent of 6 ounces of yogurt, 8 ounces of milk, or 1 ounce of cheese.

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Take a Vitamin D Supplement

Most people don’t get enough vitamin D due to geographical location, body weight, and skin color. The sun is our main source of Vitamin D; very few foods contain a good source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is not only a vitamin but a hormone and Vitamin D receptors have been located on women’s eggs. This vitamin has been shown to positively influence egg maturation and development as well as thickening of the uterine lining to help with implantation. Vitamin D may also play a role in improving insulin in PCOS.

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Chavarro J, Willet, W. The Fertility Diet.

Jakubowicz D,et alEffects of caloric intake timing on insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism in lean women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Clin Sci (Lond). 2013 Nov;125(9):423-32.

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  • Taylor Hansen

    October 23, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    It’s good to know that plant-based proteins can help with fertility and provide iron. My sister is trying to have her first baby but is having problems with her fertility. I’ll share this with her so she can see a specialist and find out what she should be eating.

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