Pregnancy

How Diet Can Affect the Chances of fertility

When you are trying to conceive, it is very important that you be cautious in the food you eat;  everything you eat affects your body and your baby. Here are some tips on dietary changes that every woman can adopt to improve her overall health and her fertility.

Dietary changes to improve health and fertility

Here are simple changes to improve the fertility rate. They include:

1.    Stop drinking alcohol. Every pregnancy or conception related article will tell you to avoid alcohol.  If you are serious about conceiving a child, quit now, so you’ll be comfortable being alcohol free when your pregnancy starts. Limit caffeine. Caffeine can make conceiving more difficult, and it can raise blood pressure and heart rate, mimickingstress. Stress is known to increase infertility. Most women realize that coffee, tea and soda all have caffeine, but many are unaware that chocolate and certain over the counter medicines also contain caffeine.

2.    Eat more vegetables and fruits, and buy organic when possible, as organic foods have lower levels of pesticide and higher nutritional value than non-organic produce.

3.    Stay well hydrated

4.    Eat food in small portions every three hours. Such regular eating maintains blood sugar at a steady level. When sugar levels drop, the adrenalin is released. Adrenalin blocks the secretion of progesterone and progesterone is key to conceiving and to maintaining a pregnancy. Zinc may help men produce healthy sperm. It may also help reduce the risk of miscarriage.  Women should make sure their pre-natal vitamins include zinc, and men might consider including zinc in their diets as well. Eggs, cashews, almonds, and oysters all are great sources of dietary zinc.

5.    Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin B6 and B12, like chicken salmon, lentils and bananas. These B vitamins help in cell reproduction and may increase the sperm count in men.

Follow these simple dietary changes and you’ll feel better, and maybe increase your chances of conceiving.  As always, work closely with your doctor!

 

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