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Fertility Diet: Foods That Help You Conceive


Planning a baby? Your food may help!

The food that you eat has a big impact on how quickly you can conceive. A healthy diet helps control your weight and regulate your hormonal levels, thereby increasing your chances of becoming pregnant quickly. Here are some changes you should make to your diet to improve fertility.

The food that you eat has a big impact on how quickly you can conceive. A healthy diet helps control your weight and regulate your hormonal levels, thereby increasing your chances of becoming pregnant quickly. Here are some changes you should make to your diet to improve fertility.

Food and fertility are linked. What you eat directly affects your blood, cells and hormones. Thus it is necessary to ensure that you are eating right not just during your ***pregnancy*** but also in the pre-conception stage. A balanced diet not only increases your chances of getting pregnant, but, also of having a healthy baby.

Here are some foods you must include and some others you need to drop; if you want to boost your chances of conceiving.

Fertility Foods Trivia: One in six couples worldwide has some type of infertility problem. Infertility occurs equally in women and men. Male factors and female factors each account for about a third of infertility problems. The balance third is on account of joint problems. After a year of trying, about 85% – 90% of couples will conceive. A study of 150 infertile women showed that supplementation with 750 mg a day of vitamin C boosted fertility. Zinc deficiency can affect a woman’s fertility by lengthening her menstrual cycle, which means less frequent ovulation.

What to eat:

  • Grains such as whole wheat bread
  • Calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, cheese, and milk
  • Plenty of water; this will help in proper functioning of all your reproductive organs and will also provide natural fluid for the sperms to reach the cervix.
  • Plenty of green leafy vegetables, especially spinach. Spinach is loaded with antioxidants, iron and folic acid all needed to maintain the good health of your reproductive organs.
  • Ensure you include orange and yellow vegetables in your diet, since they are good sources of antioxidants and beta carotene. Beta carotene helps in correcting hormonal imbalance and also reduces the chances of miscarriage.
  • Stock up on fruits always. Fruits such as blueberries, papaya, oranges, kiwi and strawberries, are rich in Vitamin C and offer lot of nutritional benefits in the preconception stage.
  • Nuts like almonds or walnuts are great sources of omega 3 fatty acid.

What to avoid

  • Excessive caffeine; more than three cups of coffee a day.
  • Alcohol; heavy drinking can weaken fertility in both men and women
  • Smoking; quit completely
  • Fish high in mercury; as mercury is harmful for an unborn baby. Fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish are high on mercury.
  • Avoid raw meats and consume processed meats in small quantities only

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

A balanced diet is not always sufficient to provide one with all the nutrients they need to improve fertility and prepare the body for pregnancy. Taking additional supplements is always recommended. One should always take a prenatal vitamin or regular multivitamin, but only after consultation from their doctor.

Not only the woman, but the father-to–be too, needs to take a daily multivitamin that contains zinc and selenium. These supplements help in healthy ***sperm*** development and should be taken for at least three months before conception.

Specialists recommend that one should allow at least three months to a year for dietary changes to take root and then plan a baby. However, it is never too late to make changes in your and your partner’s diet to include the nutrients that will help you conceive.

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