So I had the evening all to myself lastnight, I grabbed a hot choccy, the laptop and settled on the sofa for a good googling session. I was in search of fruits that could give me an extra boost this month and if need be in months to come, and what I discovered about Pineapple and Grapefruit I found very interesting so I thought you might find it just as interesting, hence this blog post. If you don’t I apologise in advance ;)
Drinking grapefruit juice while trying to conceive has long been recommended by mothers, doctors, and midwives to aide in the fertilization process. The grapefruit juice is said to help thin the cervical mucus so that the sperm can travel easily from the vagina, through the uterus and into the Fallopian tubes to meet the egg. The egg white consistency cervical mucus is known to be the most fertile in every woman, but not every woman can product this type of cervical mucus on her own, and so many generations have turned to grapefruit juice.
Of course, like many home remedies there are varying rates of success with this cervical mucus remedy. Some women report that they see an instant improvement while others report minimal improvement and others still see no change. Its important to remember that every woman’s body responds to every drug, chemical, and naturally occurring substance differently so there is no way to determine if this remedy will work for you. But, if you are in search of a natural remedy to improve the texture of your cervical mucus grapefruit juice certainly is worth a try.
Recommended amount is 1 large glass per day – I think I will drink this every day during the 2 weeks from beg of AF to Ovulation.
A fifth of a pineapple core a day over 5 days can help with implantation.The Chinese have long taught that eating pineapple is good for fertility. Research now sheds some light on why this may be true. Pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain, an enzyme that reduces inflammation in the body, including in the uterus. It also seems to be a mild blood thinner which can aid in implantation. It is suggested that one eat the core of the pineapple as that contains the most concentrated Bromelain, but if for some reason that’s not possible, you can eat a cup of the pineapple meat instead. Don’t start doing this until after ovulation as it can actually inhibit pregnancy if taken too early as the acidity of pineapple can effect cervical mucous. Also, stop eating pineapple after a positive pregnancy test as Bromelain can cause mild contractions and also thin the blood, which can possibly increase the chance of miscarriage. Here’s how to eat it:
* Cut up a whole pineapple, cut the core into 5 pieces and eat once piece daily starting the day after ovulation/IUI/IVF transfer.
* If you don’t have a fresh core, eat one cup of pineapple meat a day once a day starting the day after ovulation/IUI/IVF transfer.
* Don’t drink pineapple juice or eat pineapple while taking aspirin because pineapple, especially the juice, is a mild blood thinner. If taken with aspirin you may have too much of a blood thinner effect and this can lead to miscarriage. For this reason also stop eating pineapple after a positive pregnancy test.
* Canned pineapple has been heated which destroys the Bromelain so you have to eat fresh pineapple for it to be helpful.
So I will be giving this a go on 1dpo, 2dpo, 3dpo, 4dpo and 5dpo
**This is no way sound medical advice, I am just providing what I have researched. Always seek doctors advice.*
What do you think?
I think the reasons for each fruit make sense, and the fact that I love fruit it wont be too hard to incorporate them into my daily life, might have to jig around a few green tea breaks lol
If you have come across any other fruits, veggies or anything that is edible that has great benefit for conception please comment below as I would love to put together a whole list for us to use as a reference point!
anyways……must dash…..I’m off to the shops….I have grapefruit juice to get glugging on *wink*