Your Nutritional Makeup and How it Affects Fertility

When it comes to infertility, both your diet and your weight can be important factors to consider. Being overweight can greatly affect your chances of successful conception, and not getting enough vital nutrients in your daily diet can do the same.

So here are some things to consider with your diet and overall health and wellbeing, if you want to get pregnant.

  • Try to avoid packaged and fast foods. These contain high levels of trans fats, and often genetically modified ingredients as well.
  • Cut back on your saturated fats intake. Eat less red meat, and use unsaturated oils such as olive and canola oils.
  • Eat more vegetable protein, such as beans, nuts and legumes
  • Choose whole grains over processed carbohydrates – these have slower effects on your blood sugar levels so will keep you feeling energised instead of slow, tired and lethargic.
  • Take a daily multivitamin that contains folic acid and other B group vitamins
  • Include plenty of iron in your daily diet. This can be obtained from fruits, vegetables, beans and supplements, not just red meat.
  • Quit smoking, if you haven’t already. This is a no-brainer that doesn’t need any explaining!
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily; have coffee, tea and alcohol in moderation. Avoid sugary soft drinks.
  • Aim to lose 5-10% of your body weight, or gain weight if you are too thin. (Being too thin can negatively affect your monthly cycle and fertility, just the same as being overweight can.)
  • Start a daily exercise or activity plan, and aim for at least 30 minutes of physical exertion a day.

It’s important to remember that you should always make slow and steady changes to your diet and nutritional habits, and even exercise, when you’re trying to conceive. You should introduce healthier eating habits slowly and gradually, the same goes for cutting out smoking, and drinking too much coffee and alcohol…gradually eliminating these things is much better than cutting it out completely by going “cold turkey”, so as to avoid your body having withdrawal symptoms. Any sudden or drastic changes can “shock” your body if you like, which certainly doesn’t help your chances of falling pregnant.

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