Well what a month it has been! I used cheap but useful (and hopefully, accurate!) Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK) urine strips and Fertile Focus‘ rather ingenious re-usable Ovulation Microscope Saliva Based Fertility Test. I really do believe that we identified when I ovulated this cycle and that we managed to do our best to conceive. Now begins the dreaded two week wait (2ww) until I can take a pregnancy test! It can feel disempowering to just sit and wait and hope and pray. I want to know that I did all that I could to create my baby.
To this end, a lot of women swear by drinking a glass or two of pomegranate juice before ovulation to create a thick uterine lining, and eating pineapple core in the five days after ovulation to help implantation.
Pure 100% pomegranate juice can supposedly improve uterine lining from cycle day 1 to ovulation. A nourished, squishy, sticky, fertile uterine lining is correlated with improved implantation. But don’t go overboard. University of Liverpool published a study that pomegranate seed extract, which is much stronger than the juice, can cause uterine contractions. Obviously not good for implantation! And one article I read even said that women use pomegranate to cause an abortion. This is in large amounts and much more than could be ingested in one glass of pom juice though.
Pineapple core contains an enzyme called bromelain which breaks up proteins that prevent embryo implantation. The internet is rife with stories of eating one slice of core each day for five days after ovulation to help implantation. I ate one fifth of the pineapple over 1 – 5 days past ovulation (dpo). But be very careful: pineapple is a mild blood thinner and too much could lead to miscarriage. Also, don’t start eating pineapple until after ovulation as it can actually inhibit pregnancy if taken too early as the acidity of pineapple can effect cervical mucous. Stop eating pineapple as soon as a positive pregnancy test is achieved.
These are both internet rumours and old wives tales and there is no conclusive scientific evidence that they work. Proceed with caution and if in doubt, ask your doctor 🙂