The beauty of the pineapple

One myth or superstition that everyone in the trying to conceive community (#ttcommunity or #ttc) knows is that if you eat the core of a pineapple after an embryo transfer or IUI, it can help with implantation.

The strange theory is that the core of the pineapple contains bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps break down and digest food. When taken on an empty stomach, bromelain can act as a blood thinner and an anti-inflammatory, which may help an embryo implant into the uterus. Therefore, if you eat the core for 5 days after a transfer, this will help the embryo implant.

Is this even true or accurate? No one really knows for sure. But it doesn’t hurt to eat it.

So why is the pineapple the symbol of trying to conceive and infertility? It’s everywhere. You can find the pineapple on fertility chat boards and groups, fertility memes and fertility Instagram and Facebook accounts. The pineapple is used as a symbol to celebrate the hope of new life. It is a symbol of warmth, and friendship. It is also a symbol for welcoming and hospitality. Towards the end of pregnancy pineapple does the opposite of what it did at the beginning and can actually help induce labor, welcoming the baby into the world.

I believe that the pineapple is a great symbol for trying to conceive. Not only is it delicious, it has so many health benefits. One of the things you often hear when you’re going through sensitive matters surrounding infertility is “you are one strong woman”. What people don’t realize is you have to be. It’s not a choice. The women going through it would do anything to become a mother. So, like the pineapple, we have a tough exterior to get through the all the medical stuff. But on the inside, is the sweet desire and love to be a parent. We should not be embarrassed by it. We should be proud and wear that like a crown. A famous quote that also circulates in the infertility world is “Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.” So please be strong like a pineapple and when it’s all over and you’re holding your baby, make someone get you a well-deserved pina colada!

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