Fertility diet

Trying to conceive can be a very wonderful time, but for some people it can be very discouraging when that plus sign doesn’t appear on the pregnancy test for months at a time. Couples all over the world experience this, so if you’re one of them, you are by no means alone in this struggle. Getting to the point when you would do just about anything to become pregnant is not necessarily a bad thing, unless it’s just pure obsession. Trying to change your diet to make your womb and body a more welcoming environment is not a bad idea for anybody, whether you’re trying to conceive or not. While there is no one diet that can positively promote fertility, there is speculation that eating certain foods can further advance the fertilization process. So, since diet and lifestyle behaviors affect nearly every other facet of life, why not fertility? In this article, you’ll learn about foods and dietary recommendations that can possibly help with fertility.

Why all the Infertility?
It’s no wonder that so many couples are having issues getting pregnant because more and more, people are waiting until they become more financially stable or have successfully established a career path; there is certainly nothing wrong with this logic, but the longer a woman waits, the chances are higher that she will miscarriage. Also, many health conditions in today’s society contribute to infertility: stress, sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes, and obesity are only a few. The whole process of making a baby seems rather simple because the only thing that has to happen is a sperm has to burrow inside of an egg. Easy as cake, until a few dozen different factors get in the way of that. Hormones, the environment, and physiology all have an impact, and sometimes not a good one.

A Diet for Fertility
Here are the foods and drinks to consume, and the ones to avoid. Tip: at each meal, include foods from every food group if possible.

  • Iron-rich foods: These foods are important for the growth of a baby and for an environment for a baby to develop in. Examples are beans, dark leafy greens, seeds, and meats.
  • Folic-acid-rich foods: Folic acid is needed for neural development of babies. Being prepared by getting it in the diet before conception is a really good idea. Examples are beans, dark green leafy vegetables and other dark green vegetables, whole grains, oranges, and bananas.
  • Simple carbohydrates: Carbohydrates that have the least impact on blood sugar are the best choices. Also known as low glycemic carbohydrates, examples are whole grains, fruits and vegetables, oat bran, and beans.
  • Plant protein: Protein from plant sources is rich in vitamins and minerals, and contains fewer calories and fat than protein from animal sources. Examples include soy, beans, nuts, tofu, lentils, and seeds.
  • Healthy fats: Healthy fats are needed in any diet for a variety of reasons. Good examples include olive oil, vegetable oil, avocadoes, nuts, and seeds.
  • Dairy: Actually, in the case of trying to conceive, it is recommended to eat higher-fat dairy, and not opt for low fat or non fat. Skim milk and lower fat dairy products tend to mess up the hormones that lead to ovulation.
  • Healthy weight: Weighing too much or too little will interfere with ovulation and conception. Maintaining a healthy weight for your body type and size is the best way to ensure the best results.
  • The less you drink, the better. Alcohol, that is. It’s okay to have an alcoholic drink every once in awhile, but keep it to that. Don’t drink if you think you are pregnant.
  • Reduce caffeine intake. If you are pregnant, you shouldn’t drink too much caffeine, and the same goes for if you’re trying to get pregnant: drink as little as you can to improve chances of conceiving.
Last updated on Aug 9th, 2010 and filed under Reproductive Health. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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