Foods For Fertility

The foods you eat can increase your likelihood of getting pregnant and can influence not only your health, but also the baby’s during pregnancy and right into adulthood. Research is starting to suggest, that what is happening around the time of conception and during pregnancy, can increase or decrease the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes in later life for the child.

For optimal impact, I suggest that you start filling your diet with the below foods at least 3 months before you’d like to conceive. This is because it takes over 90days for the life cycle of a follicle to grow and release a mature egg during ovulation. It’s during this process that the follicle needs to be able to feed the egg with as many nutrients as possible.

What do you need to eat?

When trying to get pregnant you will need to make sure you have the following daily:
•    Carbohydrates
•    Fibre
•    Essential fats
•    Healthy amounts of protein
•    Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
•    Whole Grains
•    Good Fats

So, how does this translate to in food?

•    eggs
•    bananas
•    mushrooms
•    oats
•    sunflower seeds
•    salmon
•    mackerel
•    lentils
•    citrus fruits
•    berries
•    green vegetables
•    brussels
•    cauliflower
•    seeds
•    nuts
•    broccoli
•    leafy greens
•    wholegrains
•    brightly coloured vegetables
•    almonds
•    sweet potato
•    onions
•    beans
•    brown rice
•    pulses

Get your body the key nutrients to boost fertility

Why these foods?

By eating the above mentioned foods, you get to fuel the body with these key nutrients that will boost fertility:
•    Vitamins B6 – essential hormone balance and fertility nutrient
•    Vitamin C – can trigger ovulation
•    Vitamin D – good for calcium absorption for building baby’s bones
•    Vitamin E – beneficial in egg production
•    Folic Acid – essential to babies health and spine development
•    Zinc – essential for conception and making the head of the sperm hard enough to penetrate the egg
•    Magnesium – known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and lowers chance of low birth weight and premature babies
•    Selenium – essential for sperm production and reduces risk of miscarriage
•    Calcium – needed for babies teeth, bones and nervous system
•    Good Fats (Omega 3) – needed for hormone balance.
(This is sourced from the National Best seller “Taking Charge of your Fertility” by Toni Weschler). Include these in your daily diet as part of your preparation for pregnancy. If this is a considerable shift away from the foods you currently eat, create a plan to start phasing these foods in, allow yourself time to adjust and to like the taste.

If you are interested in finding out more about a Preparing for Pregnancy – A Three Month Plan (including further support on nutrition), I am running a 1 day workshop on Saturday 11th June, which promises to be a supportive as well as informative day, that aims to empower you on your fertility journey.

The information suggested above is general, and should be treated as such.

If you have more specific needs, for specific conditions, such as PCOS, please do get in touch for a more 1-1 tailored support plan.

Tara xx

Tara Perlaki – your Feminine Flow champion!

Tara works with women to educate them with positive, helpful and healthy ways in which they can work with their fertility, their periods and embracing their femininity.
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