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Eat Your Way to A Healthy Pregnancy

Laurika Nxumalo is a freelance academic research writer. She writes on a wide range of topics.

Almost every little girl dreams of one day becoming a mother. Unfortunately, for some, they will never get the opportunity to carry a child in their womb because of being infertile. A number of factors can cause infertility - one of those factors is a poor diet that is lacking in nutrients. Therefore, if a woman wishes to one-day carry a child of her own, she has to pay close attention to what she eats so that she can improve her fertility and ovulation function.

Here is a look at fertility boosting foods:

Wild Salmon: a cold-water fish that is a source of omega-3. This kind of fish helps in regulating a woman`s menstrual cycle. If a person does not eat fish then they can get omega-3 from flax seeds and walnuts.

Organic, whole fat Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt has vitamin D, calcium and protein. Vitamin D is known for regulating a woman`s menstrual cycle and it improves fertility by stabilizing the sex hormones. Organic Greek yogurt is the best because it does not contain additional additives and hormones, which can imitate hormones in a person`s body.

Quinoa: Naturally, quinoa is gluten-free and is a fertility staple. This grain is able to regulate a person`s blood sugar levels – a person gas to control her insulin and blood sugar levels so that she does not develop diabetes and insulin resistance. If a person ends up developing diabetes and her body becomes insulin resistant, then falling pregnant could be a challenge.

Lentils: Lentils and beans are good sources of fibre, folate and iron. Fibre helps in the proper functionality of a person`s digestive system, it also helps with fertility by ridding the body of excess hormones.

Spinach: Spinach and other dark, leafy greens are excellent sources of folate and iron. Iron helps with healthy egg development and ovulation. A woman must get enough iron before conception so that she does not fall pregnant as an anemic. A woman also needs enough folic acid (folate) in their body – she needs 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.

Oysters: Oysters are foods that should not be eaten during pregnancy, but it is beneficial to include them in the pre-conception diet as they have high levels of zinc. Zinc is a fertility-boosting mineral in both men and women. If a person does not enjoy oysters, they can get their dose of zinc from pumpkin seeds.

Blueberries: Colorful fruits such as strawberries, pomegranates, raspberries and blueberries are full of antioxidants that increase fertility in both women and men. Antioxidants help in decreasing the damage reproductive cells might sustain due to environmental pollutants and unstable atoms in the body that might cause a range of diseases.

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Watermelon and asparagus: These two foods are a good source of glutathione. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that is important for egg quality – it keeps a woman`s eggs healthy.

In addition to the above mentioned fertility boosting foods, there are foods that can reduce a woman`s chances of falling pregnant – such foods should be eaten in moderation or avoided. Here`s a look at some of those foods:

  • Grape seed oil, avocados, olive oil and nuts can stimulate regular ovulation and general fertility by decreasing any kind of inflammation in the body. Even though these are healthy, plant-based fats have to be eaten in moderation to avoid weight gain.
  • Gluten creates an inflammatory response in the body, which increases C-reactive protein. These proteins inhibit ovulation and make it difficult for the fertilized egg to implant itself into the uterus. Therefore, gluten-free foods are the best for fertility.
  • Red meat should be eaten in small portions – this ensures that a person does not gain excess weight, which disrupts estrogen levels. Eating small portions of red meat also helps a woman to avoid organochlorine toxins. Organochlorine toxins are chemicals that are found in animal fats – such fats delay conception.
  • The intake of caffeine needs to be avoided – caffeine dehydrates the body. Caffeinated drinks and food should be replaced with herbal tea – the tea is good for fertility, it is a general tonic and detoxifier.

We may love how it tastes, but food can sometimes be the body`s worst enemy. We just need to know what to eat, when and how much of it.

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