A balanced diet is vital for women who are trying to conceive. It’s important to get plenty of nutrients and to stay active.
The idea is to prepare your body for pregnancy. To increase your chances of becoming pregnant, experts recommend an increased intake of foods containing the following:
- Folic Acid – this is the big one as far as pregnancy and conception are concerned, next to iron. This mineral is important for overall reproductive health but it is also one factor that helps prevent a variety of birth defects such as spina bifida.
- Iron – the insufficient intake of this mineral is liked to lead to an increased risk of ovulatory infertility.
- Calcium – this mineral promotes the proper development of healthy bones and teeth in a developing foetus and is therefore a very significant nutritional element.
- Zinc – the health of your immune system is important prior to, during and after pregnancy. It’s particularly significant during preconception because it also supports the production of healthy eggs.
- Iodine – without sufficient iodine in the diet, fertility issues may arise. Hormonal problems such as menstrual problems, hormonal cancers and fibrocystic breasts may all result from low iodine.
To get enough of these nutrients, women need to maintain a regular healthy diet. In addition to ensuring that they get enough of the nutrients listed above, women trying to conceive and women who are pregnant should try to avoid eating foods that are high in saturated and trans fats. Fast foods are a major culprit in this.
White flour can also increase the retention of toxins in the body, reducing fertility. Caffeine, alcohol, and fad diets should also be avoided to ensure maximum fertility but also to guard against the risk of birth defects and the possibility of a low birth weight undermining the health of the baby. Here is to getting pregnant…! All the best.