Are you thinking about expanding your family? If so, congratulations! This is a very exciting time, with a lot to think about and a lot to do. One of those things is to get your body ready. This includes things like starting an exercise routine if you don’t already have one, finding a prenatal vitamin, and of course, eating well. There are a few different things to look at when you’re trying to conceive as it relates to foods. It becomes more important to include some foods and get rid of others.
Eat healthy fats.
Fat is not the enemy! In fact it is an important part of a healthy diet and even more important when it comes to fertility. Just make sure you are getting good quality fats. Avoid trans fats but don’t be afraid of nuts, seeds, salmon, and avocados.
Pick complex carbs over simple carbs.
Simple carbs like white flour, potatoes, and sugar can cause blood sugar spikes. When trying to conceive keeping your blood sugar and insulin levels stable is important. So instead go for the complex, high fiber carbs such as whole fruits and grains, beans, and lentils.
Get plenty of vegetables.
This one speaks for itself. Vegetables are loaded with things your body needs and your baby’s body will need, like folate and iron.
Avoid large amounts of soy.
If your hormones are out of balance that will make getting pregnant and maintaining a healthy pregnancy very difficult. Soy can act like estrogen in your body which becomes problematic if you have it in large quantities.
Water is by far the best way to stay hydrated. Tea and coffee are still okay in moderation but drinking sugary sodas can actually decrease fertility.
Don’t forget about the protein.
Protein is found in all kinds of food, not only meats. You can get it from beans, whole grains, and nuts as well as dairy and eggs. No matter where you get your protein try and get it from organic and hormone-free sources.
Depending on where you are in your journey, this can be a lot to take in. Talk with friends and family, find recipes you love, relax and if you’re still having trouble, reach out for help.