Conception and Nutrition

What You Should Eat to Increase Fertility.

There is not any particular food that will increase your fertility except some studies show that taking zinc is the one exception. Zinc has been proven to be related fertility in to both males and females. A typical daily dosage of zinc is 15mg. Taking a multivitamin is a good idea, many multi-vitamins contain zinc. Maintaining a well-balanced diet will keep your body fit. This is essential to your reproductive health as well.

What about Conception and Nutrition?

Hopefully you you already have a healthy diet. If you do not then you should create healthy eating habits. Maintain a healthy diet for at least four to six months before you try to conceive. Nutrition is related to fertility in both men and women.

Following is a list of the types of nutrition you should consider for healthy fertility.

  • Calcium: Women should intake at least 1000 mg (approximately three 8 oz glasses of milk) of calcium a day if they are considering pregnancy. Calcium is available in cheese (and other dairy products), rice, salmon, sardines, and yogurt among other sources.
  • Folic Acid: Women of childbearing age should have an intake of .4 mg (400 mcg) of folic acid each day. This is recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps reduce the risk of birth defects. Folic acid is contained in citrus fruits (oranges and grapefruit), dark green leafy vegetables (i.e. spinach and collard greens), legumes, nuts, fortified breads and cereals, and whole grains. It is a good idea to supplement your diet with a prenatal vitamin which also contains folic acid.
  • Other Supplements & Vitamins: It is first important to have a healthy diet. Aside from good nutrition, many healthcare providers suggest adding to your diet with healthy supplements and vitamins. This will insure you get everything that your body needs.

Things to remove from your diet before conception:

  • Alcohol
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Caffeine (Caffeine keeps you body from absorbing iron and calcium.)
  • Cigarettes
  • Foods containing a high amout of saturated fat
  • Recreational or illicit drugs

Just remember, it is important to have a healthy you before considering having a baby.