Written by Pradeep
For both men and women, your lifestyle and diet are directly linked to your fertility. And the lifestyle choices that you make can hugely affect your chances of conceiving. And for this reason, you and your partner would want to adopt some healthy conception diets. Having a balanced and healthy diet can do wonders in conceiving faster and would also give a healthy start to the pregnancy.
The dos and don’ts related to food are mostly the same for you when you are trying to get pregnant and when you are pregnant. And that is why, starting off with a healthy diet would always give you an edge and help you conceive better, faster and have a healthy pregnancy. So now, let’s focus on some do’s and don’ts that every couple should adopt in their diet and lifestyle to change when trying to get conceive.
Trying for a baby might be stressful. But having a healthy start of the process might comfort you beyond expectation. Though the diet for women mostly remains same the only difference in post pregnancy and trying-to-conceive diet is that at this stage even your partner has to make necessary changes in his food intake. And below is the detailed account of all the adjustments that will prove to be advantageous for a healthy conception. So here is list of diet and lifestyle changes that every couple should follow when trying to conceive:
This particular stands true for both men and women. As alcohol consumption is directly associated with the fertility. In fact, even occasional alcohol consumption might reduce your fertility drastically making it tough for you to conceive. However, if it’s crucial for you to drink, you must limit your alcohol intake to one-two units per week.
Some types of foods like unpasteurized dairy products, ripened cheese, or blue veined cheese, etc. might contain listeria bacteria. This bacterium is known to cause listeriosis, which may increase the chances of miscarriages. And that is why it is advised to women to stop the consumption of such food items well in advance.
Caffeine might be best to boost you up and awaken you from excessive sleepiness. But over consumption of this energy booster is directly associated with increased risk of miscarriages. That is why; one is advised to limit their caffeine consumption to 200 mg a day. For this, you may switch to decaf tea and coffee, but that too in small amounts.
Several types of meat and fish items contain mercury contaminants that might slow down the neural development of the unborn kid. And for the same reason, one is advised to limit the consumption of shark, tuna, oily fish, salmon and brown crab meat etc. Well, not so good news for seafood lovers though.
Some of the healthy food habits that both the partners can adopt are:
For women, during menstruation, iron is what your body requires. When menstruating, excessive bleeding might cause depletion of iron from the body. And consumption of foods loaded with iron is the best choices at this time. So, consuming a good amount of meat, fish, and leafy green vegetables, etc. might be a good supplement for iron, and their anti-inflammatory properties will also ensure a healthy blood flow.
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At this stage, your body is working hard to produce healthy follicles. And that is why consuming nuts, legumes, fish; vegetables are best to support this follicle development.
As your ovulation starts, the ideal time for conception, your body needs more and more of vitamin B and other nutrients. As these will support in the healthy release of the egg and smooth implantation. Once the egg is released, vitamin C is found in high quantities in follicles which may help in progesterone development. And the best foods at this stage are essential fatty acids (EFA’S), which can be obtained from omega-3 found in fish oil and its supplements. These EFA’s help in smooth blood flow in the uterus and smoothening the opening of the follicle to release the eggs. Apart from that, consuming leafy vegetable, legumes, eggs, meat, etc. are other ideal food that should be consumed during this phase.
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