How to get pregnant with pineapples

After my IUI treatment I started reading up about what you should and shouldn’t do to get the best results. Most of what I read agreed that you can carry on life as normal, just take it easy for a couple of days after the procedure. But one thing that kept coming up was eating pineapple.

I thought this might just be an old wives tale, but apparently pineapple – and in particular pineapple core – is loaded with bromelain; or nature’s aspirin. Bromelain helps to thin the blood, which can support the implantation stage as it drives blood to the uterus, and makes the lining stickier, so the fertilized egg can attach.

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You have to be careful about when you eat pineapple though. If you eat it before ovulation it can interfere with the acidity in your cervical mucus. It’s recommended to eat it for five days after ovulation, and to avoid it once you have a positive pregnancy test as it can cause mild contractions.

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IUI – Part One

So we’ve decided to start our first cycle of IUI, after another frustrating month.

I’ve been weighing it up in my head since I got my period. Because I know I was able to conceive naturally before, there’s a part of me that feels like I’m giving up. Like I’m not giving my body a fair chance. Like I’m trying to fast track my way through nature’s process. Like I’m cheating.

But I’m just fed up of waiting. I’ve wanted to start a family for so long, and if I can try to speed things up, then why should I wait any longer?

We went to see the doctor this morning. I was paranoid that I wouldn’t be able to do it this month as I had a really light period (I believe a side effect of clomid) but everything looks good. I have two eggs ready to go – one on each side. In fact, they’re so ready that we have to do the treatment sooner than I was expecting – tomorrow.

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