When you’re desperately trying to get pregnant, you’ll do just about anything to increase your odds.
Some of those things are fun, some are not.
Fertility smoothies definitely fall in the “fun” category…for your taste buds at least!
I’ve tried many delicious fertility-friendly smoothie recipes, and I thought I’d share some with you today.
But first, let me address the most obvious question…
What Is a Fertility Smoothie?
DISCLAIMER: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be regarded as health, nutritional, medical, etc advice. This article is not meant to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.
When couples are trying to get pregnant, they often find it necessary to increase their chances of conceiving.
Well, our bodies run off of nutrients. If those nutrients are depleted, some body functions won’t operate properly, and conception is no exception. Ooo that rhymes :).
A smoothie is just a super easy way to pack in as much nutrition as possible.
Also known as conception smoothies, this particular type of drink is made of fertility-focused foods that are proven to support healthy implantation and then pregnancy.
Fertility smoothies may be an unusual concept for some, but in all actuality, they’re not that different from the average smoothie.
They’re just loaded with foods that contain specific vitamins, minerals, and proteins to support conception and hopefully, make it easier to have a baby.
You may consider drinking them throughout the entire process from TTC, the two week wait, and all the way through pregnancy.
And contrary to popular belief, fertility smoothies are good for both men and women. As they say, it takes two to tango!
They can boost egg health, as well as make his little swimmers Olympic-level strong!
How to Make a Fertility Smoothie
[The Formula for Success]
Although there are tons of different fertility smoothie recipes out there, the key is to focus on variety. You want to “check the box” so to speak on as many of those key nutrients as possible.
Also, keep in mind that fertility smoothies work best as part of an overall healthy, fertility-friendly diet.
In addition to diet quality, you’ll also want to develop other healthy habits (like lower processed sugar intake) to increase your chance of a healthy pregnancy.
Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and limiting stress are all factors to consider.
And don’t forget to support your body mentally. Fertility affirmations, inspiring quotes and bible verses about (in)fertility can help keep you in a positive mindset.
Let’s look at a few things most fertility smoothies have in common. Although there may be variations, some foods are a must to make the smoothie fertility-friendly.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are chock full of vitamins and minerals. Since pregnancy increases your requirements for these nutrients, having fresh fruit in your diet is ideal, and smoothies make that easy.
Try to work in:
Greens are where we get essential nutrients like iron and folate. It may be difficult to work enough greens into your day to reap maximum benefit, but that’s where smoothies come in.
You can pack that blender full of greens, and it really won’t alter the taste too much once mixed with the other ingredients.
- Collard greens
- Swiss chard
You may be trying to limit your fat intake, but your body uses “healthy” fat as an essential nutrient.
In fact, unsaturated fats can actually boost your chances of having a baby.
Here are some of the best sources of healthy fats to include in your smoothie:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
One of my favorite things about smoothies is the ability to sneak in nutritional powerhouses that I wouldn’t otherwise eat.
Certain superfoods are believed to increase your chance of conception. Some of them you may not be super familiar with, but don’t let that stop you from trying them.
Try some of these superfoods:
- Maca powder
- Bee pollen (only if you’re not allergic, of course!)
Moderate to Low Sugar
The problem with some smoothie recipes is their high sugar content. It’s easy to overload on even natural sugars because smoothies tend to pack in the fruit.
It’s important to maintain a healthy balance. Absolutely include fruit, but not too much. Finally, make sure to balance it out with plenty of greens and protein.
Some lower sugar fruits include:
- Citrus fruits
Your body needs adequate protein in order to conceive, but not all proteins are created equal.
Many protein sources are fatty, but some are clean and lean. Those are the ones to focus on.
Some good sources of clean protein include:
- Egg yolks (preferably free-range)
- Liver (don’t worry, you can get it powdered, which is almost tasteless!)
Ok, now to the fun part – the recipes!
other must reads: 14 Personal Stories of Infertility, TTC & Pregnancy Loss
9 Best Smoothies for Fertility
This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be regarded as health, nutritional, medical, etc advice. This article is not meant to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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The Ultimate Fertility Smoothie For Men & Women
If you and your partner are trying to get pregnant, this recipe is a favorite. It's easy to make and good for both male and female fertility.
Many of the ingredients I already have at home. The maca powder is a more of a specialized ingredient but fairly easy to find. It has a lovely creamy taste, and is full of nutritious ingredients like spinach and avocado.
I prefer almond milk but feel free to use your favorite type of milk.
Best Smoothie for Egg Health
This recipe is great if you have poor egg quality. Problems with your egg production (or similar issues) may be improved with this recipe.
For more info on egg health, check out this book. It’s fantastic.
Designed to provide healthy fats, collagen, and antioxidants, you'll find yourself getting a nutritional powerhouse in one easy to drink shake.
This one requires some specialized ingredients such as spirulina and acai powder. I can usually find these at a local health store, but you may want to look for them online as well.
Delicious Everyday Fertility-Friendly Smoothie
This smoothie recipe is one that the entire family will love, but it's especially good when trying to get pregnant. Chock full of leafy greens, the spinach adds a healthy dose of folate and iron to your diet.
It honestly has just about everything that you need. Sometimes, I'll drink one for breakfast (even though someone always wants to share)!
The good news is that this recipe is fairly versatile so you can swap out the ingredients if you want. For instance, I like using frozen bananas instead of fresh for that extra chill.
Best Down Regulation IVF Smoothie
If you're going through treatments to get pregnant, as a part of the process, you probably have to go through down regulation.
This can come with unpleasant symptoms like constipation, headaches, fatigue, and even breakouts.
One simple method to give your body a boost and detoxify naturally is by making this great smoothie.
What makes it a little different from other recipes is that you actually steam the spinach before adding. It makes it a little easier to blend and doesn't take much time.
[Friends & Family: Include this recipe as part of your IVF Care Package]
Hormone-Balancing Smoothie for Ovulation
Your body naturally goes through hormone cycles. During the time of the month when you're ovulating, your body needs to both produce and metabolize estrogen.
One of the ways that you can help this process along is by including the right foods in your diet. Some ingredients such as green vegetables, healthy fats, and clean proteins can support your body during this time.
This smoothie is tasty and has everything that your body needs at the exact time it needs it! If you're feeling like your body isn't hormonally balanced, I highly recommend giving this smoothie a try.
Perfect Blend Male Fertility Smoothie
It takes two to make a baby so your health is only one half of the equation. Oh yes, fertility smoothies aren’t just for women!
You can also make fertility smoothies for him. It may help increase the quantity and quality of his reproductive seed.
I love that this smoothie recipe gives you a few options, so that you can customize it to his liking. But when a smoothie tastes this good, he won’t need much convincing to drink it!
Chocolate Maca Fertility Smoothie
This smoothie recipe has some specialized ingredients, but it's well worth the effort to make it.
It’s truly a favorite maca powder recipe for fertility.
Maca powder comes from the maca root and nourishes the endocrine system, which is said to enhance fertility naturally (and increase libido)!
In fact, so many women from my online fertility groups have praised maca for its libido-boosting powers, that I've incorporated it into my daily routine even when not actively TTC.
Royal Jelly Fertility Breakfast Smoothie
The bee pollen is also a more specialized ingredient that may nourish the ovaries, which would promote healthy egg development.
This can be a fantastic smoothie recipe to make when you first get pregnant because of its potential to promote cell growth and provide a variety of nourishing ingredients.
This smoothie recipe contains a powerhouse of nutrients in your diet all at once.
Warm Pumpkin Maca Smoothie
If you're trying to conceive a baby around the holidays, then this fertility smoothie recipe may be just what you need.
I love that it reminds me of liquidized pumpkin pie. Yummm!
It's chock full of healthy ingredients such as pumpkin, cauliflower, and ginger.
It’s a little unusual since it's meant to be enjoyed warm, but that’s actually part of what makes it so effective.
If you’re trying to conceive, pick a few of these delicious fertility smoothie recipes and rotate through them on a weekly basis.
Smoothies provide an easy way to nourish your body at such a critical time, so take advantage of them!
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