A Healthy Diet for Conception

Fertility Foods For Conceiving and Pregnancy

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For trying-to-conceive women, a healthy diet and lifestyle is particularly important, because healthy babies start before conception.

For both women and men, a "trying-to-conceive" lifestyle begins with a balanced diet, regular exercise (see your doctor regarding a safe exercise regimen), and avoiding unhealthful habits like smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating "junk" foods (particularly processed foods rich in refined sugars). If you are overweight, consider consulting your doctor regarding a safe diet and exercise regimen that will support your trying-to-conceive efforts.

As you likely already know, eating a well-balanced diet while your are trying to conceive and through pregnancy is central to the health of a developing baby, as well as the the health of the mother-to-be. For dads-to-be, men can ensure optimum sperm health, sperm count, and sperm motility by decreasing or avoiding alcohol, not smoking, and eating a balanced diet. Supplements like FertilAid for Men offer antioxidant formulas to supplement a healthful diet. Infertility issues strike men as frequently as women, so a healthy lifestyle is equally important for the dad-to-be.

For women, eating foods rich in antioxidants and folic acid is highly recommended, especially folic acid during preconception and early pregnancy. Foods containing these nutrients include broccoli and green leafy vegetables. Folic acid has been shown to reduce the chances of birth defects, and supplements specially formulated with folic acid are advised. (For trying to conceive women, FertilAid offers folic acid.)

Mineral deficiency may also be a concern, so eating foods that contain minerals like iron, zinc, and calcium are important. Eating a variety of healthful foods is the key. A balanced diet is important because different minerals and vitamins require the presence of each other for optimal intake. Try to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure sufficient intake of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The "Just Right" formula of FertilAid for Women is designed to supplement a healthful diet (and avoids potentially excessive doses of certain vitamins and minerals that can be found in other multivitamin products).

If you have unique questions regarding a healthy diet and lifestyle, you may wish to consult a doctor or a dietician. If you have a pre-existing medical condition and/or are using prescription drugs, consult your doctor before trying-to-conceive or supplementing your diet with nutritional-herbal supplements. FertilAid for Women and Fertility Blend are advised for preconceptional use, and if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, discontinue use of any herbal products or switch to a prenatal vitamin like Dr. Grunebaum's Pregnancy Plus Prenatal.

Balance Your Diet - A Guide for Trying-to-Conceive and Pregnant Women

Foods to Use!

Folic acid, as many women already know, is important in preventing birth defects. Foods rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and folic acid include citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, broccoli, and fortified cereals.

Walnuts and almonds are beneficial in providing zinc, calcium, and magnesium. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like Salmon, support pregnancy health as well.

While trying-to-conceive, consider organic products (vegetables, fruit, and milk) and free-range meat and poultry. Organic and free-range products will decrease intake of hormones, pesticides, and other potential environmental toxins.

Foods to Avoid!

Avoid unpasturized, blue, or soft cheeses, soft eggs, or undercooked meats and poultry, which may present a risk of food poisoning.

Avoid foods that contain very high levels of vitamin A such as liver or cod liver oil. Look for prenatal vitamins or fertility supplements that use Vitamin A as beta-carotene only.

Avoid foods that may cause allergic reactions, particularly if there is a history of food allergies in your family. A top offender here is peanuts and peanut oil-based foods and creams.

Avoid smoking, alcohol, and too much caffeine. Smoking has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage (among many other health risks) and alcohol and caffeine may prevent the absorption of important minerals. If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, it is advised to avoid drinking alcohol.

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Comments

My cycle is irregular,sometimes,28 next,32,next35,or30.doc prescribe parlodel and clomid still noting hpn,pls prescribe anoda drug for me.thanks

I am 27 years old and I have been trying for a year now and still have no luck. But I was on brith control from when I was 16 tell 26 and have seen that when I came off of it my periods were every 28days and now are I think six months apart and my doctor say it's normal but I have still not gotten peragent can u help please.

my husband and i have been trying to get pregnant for a year and three months now, he smokes alot and we dont leave together. what are our chances

How many times am i suppose to make love for a possible pregnancy during my ovulation period? Is love making suppose to be through out the period of the 24hour that the ovulation last, say making love for up to five to ten times during the period? I will appreciate your response pls.

I haven't had much luck with IVF.
I'm 40, high FSH levels, one ovary and its not working well. Produce low quality eggs, had to use donor. Failed two rounds of IVF (fresh and frozen).
Got pregnant on the frozen, but beta levels went down within 48 hours. Was on progesterone, but still did not maintain beta levels. Went from 25 to 8 in 48 hours.
Looking to start a health regimen(joining gym and will eat healthier) and take vitamins to get body ready for next ivf rounds (have to save more money to get them). What should I be taking besides pre-natal vitamins?

Hi,
I'm having a Girl. Now I'm planning for a baby boy. I'm following the site or calculation of ovulation. Since July I'm not able to concieve. My date of birth is Sep 1982.

Further to this till June my Mensis was regular i:e on 28th of every month. I observed that in July my Mc was was out at 24th and in August it was 20th.

Now I'm not able to calculate the accurate Ovulation Date.

Please advice.

Thanks & Regards,

I am a 27 yr old female and have been married for almost 10 yrs I aborted my first child from my husband who was then just my boyfriend of only a month and now that we are married we have been trying to concieve and it happens then we either go through a stillborn or a miscarriage can you please help me I am at the end of my rope I am afraid that my husband might look at me as less than a woman if this keeps going this away or he might even leave pleasse help

im 25 years old n me n my husban havee been tryin to concieve i did abort a prenancy a few years back can i still have kids??? please help

I am 28 years old, before i got married i aborted 3 pregnancies, now am married for a year now and i have not concieved. Can i concieve again?

I am 28 years old, before i got married i aborted 3 pregnancies, now am married for a year now and i have not concieved. Can i concieve again?

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