By Dr. Fares Diarbakerli, www.njbestobgyn.com
Antioxidants of blueberries prevent eggs from oxidative stress. Blueberries can also help in keeping the lining of your uterus healthy so that your implantation and pregnancy can be possible. Blueberries can aid in maintaining a proper level of the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) which is important for healthy ovulation and reproductive health.
Packed with antioxidants, these members of the berry family protect your body from cell damage and cell aging — and this includes cells in your reproductive system (aka your eggs).
Berries are also a good source of fiber and can aid weight loss (women at a healthier weight tend to have less trouble conceiving), so aim for at least one cup a day.
Indeed, this powerful natural chemical helps reduce the impact of inflammation body-wide and in doing so benefits nearly every step involved in getting pregnant. This includes ovulation – making and ovulating healthy eggs – helping sperm and egg meet so conception can occur, keeping your fallopian tubes clear for the easy transport of your embryo to your uterus, and finally, keeping the lining of your uterus healthy so that your implantation and your pregnancy can be healthy and strong.
Are all types of blueberries equally effective?
Although all varieties offer health and fertility advantages, there is now significant evidence to suggest that organically grown blueberries may pack a significantly greater phytonutrient punch, and offer greater antioxidant protection than blueberries that are grown in the conventional way.
Benefits of eating blueberries during pregnancy
Blueberries are a good source of folate, which is important for early embryo development. Blueberries also have vital nutrients such as potassium which is helpful in regulating blood pressure which can be a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia. Blueberries also have magnesium which can help prevent the uterus from contracting prematurely. Blueberries also have fiber which may help reduce your chances of developing hemorrhoids or becoming constipated, which are both common in pregnancy. I suggest organic blueberries to my patients when pregnant when possible to help minimize pesticide exposure while pregnant.