Healthy Foods for Preconception

When it comes to starting a family, things don’t just start when you actually fall pregnant – you must prepare your body well in advance for the exciting journey that it is about to take. There have been plenty of studies that have been done over the years that have proved a very definite link between nutrition and fertility, so perhaps it is about time that some of us decided to sit up and take notice.

Get Ready to Rumble

Oysters are not only the perfect aphrodisiac to get you both in the mood for a bit of baby making; it is also great for boosting the levels of zinc that you have in your body. Not only have oysters been linked to increased sperm and activity in the men, but in the women it has been shown to have a great beneficial impact to fertility and ovulation. When you add an increased amount of the hormone testosterone in men – you are in for a good night, and you could even boost your chances of getting pregnant!

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Getting Jiggy With It!

When it comes to getting down and dirty and actually making a baby, you are going to want to make sure that you give yourself the best odds. Folic acid is important for when you want to start a family and if you don’t fancy taking a supplement, you should look at increasing the folic acid-rich foods.

Spinach and other vegetables that are dark green and leafy generally contain lots of folic acid so you should definitely research some great recipes for these, and you will also find high levels of the folic acid in the following foods:

  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Citrus fruits
  • Nuts
  • Cereals and breads that have been fortified (Read the labeling)
  • Milkin’ It!

    Milk is important for pre-conception and while you are pregnant, and it has been advised that the average pregnant woman will need roughly 1,000mg of calcium on a daily basis. If you are talking in terms of milk, that would be about three glasses (8oz) per day.

    Now that might seem like a lot now, but when you think that you have probably around one glass of milk on your cereal in the morning, and you probably have about the same (one cup) throughout the day in your tea and coffee. Now consider that you can also find calcium in cheese, yogurts and milkshakes, you will realize that getting the recommended amount really isn’t that difficult.

    Taking Things Out!

    Increasing the good stuff for trying to conceive is a good idea, but removing the bad stuff is also vitally important if you want a healthy and happy baby. You are going to want to make sure that you cut out the obvious things – alcohol, smoking, recreational drugs, caffeine, etc.

    Caffeine is one that often surprises women – why would the normal amount of caffeine that you would normally consume harm the baby? Well first and foremost, just by having more than 200 or 300mg of caffeine per day could reduce your chances of getting pregnant in the first place, in some cases by as much as 30 percent. When you think about it, it seems like an awful lot, right?

    Also, when you consume caffeine, you are basically stopping your body from being able to consume important nutrients to keep you and the baby healthy, and to be more precise, you can expect a problem with both calcium and iron, both of which are vital.

    Overhauling your eating habits may seem like a really tough choice when you fall pregnant, especially on top of everything else, but it is very important to ensure that you and your unborn child are as healthy and as happy as you can be in the current situation.

    Getting started doesn’t need to be difficult – even if you chance just a couple of things at first is a step in the right direction. You could cut down on cigarettes, for example, with the intentions of stopping later on. You could also start increasing the amount of milk that you drink – every little helps and the sooner, the better!

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