Thank you for visiting my pregnancy nutrition page.
Over the next few weeks I will be publishing a total of 100 tips for getting pregnant, to help prospective mothers increase their chances of conception.
I have deliberately not gone into too much detail with these tips (there are a lot of them !!). The last thing you want to do is to be sitting at your computer for hours reading loads of theories.
The idea is for me to give to you best practice pregnancy information and for you to work your way through all 100 tips. When you’ve done that you need to consider which would be the most workable for you to implement, whilst you are trying to conceive. Obviously the more tips you implement, the greater you chances of getting pregnant. Pick up the ideas and run with them……..
At the bottom of each page is the link for the next in the series. You can also navigate using the links in the column on the right.
Each article will have a theme, designated by the title of the article. The first of these (here) is based around what to eat to get pregnant (and also what not to eat !!). You are likely to have to make some small diet changes
Of course, if you are in any doubt about these pregnancy nutrition tips, then you should seek the guidance of your doctor.
Your body can only really react to the food that you put in it. So it’s important to consider what foods to eat to get pregnant, and equally the foods to avoid when trying to get pregnant. Basically, put good stuff in and you will get rewarded with a fit and healthy baby. If you don’t put good stuff in then your body might struggle to compensate. A lot of people fail to understand that pre-pregnancy nutrition is as important as your actual pregnancy diet.
1 – Refined Carbohydrates Should Be Limited
Refined foods of any type should be limited during pregnancy – none more so than carbohydrates (e.g. bread and pasta). Basically this can lead to increases in insulin which disturbs ovulation production. However, you will need some carbs before and during conception and these can be obtained more naturally through foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
2 – Reduce Sugar Consumption
Similar to the carbohydrates tip mentioned above, an excess of sugar can also artificially increase your insulin (as a result of increasing your glucose levels) – again upsetting ovulation. In addition, sugar that has been refined takes nutrients from your body, with the obvious consequences.
3 – Is Wheat Helpful When Trying To Get Pregnant ?
Whilst that morning bowl of cereal is good for you, it could well be hampering your chances of conceiving. Most cereals contain wheat and this, in turn has gluten in it. 10 % of Americans are gluten intolerant. Basically, this means that they have trouble digesting gluten, leaving it to clog up the small intestines wall, preventing nutrients being absorbed.
Celiacs are people who suffer with this condition and it might be worth you getting yourself checked out if you are struggling to get pregnant. If you are, then you will be put on a gluten-free diet.
4 – Say No To Saturated Fats
This, for me, is one of the key foods to avoid when trying to get pregnant. The types of fat that you eat can have a big impact on your chances of getting pregnant. It is good practice to reduce saturated fats from your diet whether or not you are trying to get pregnant. However, during this time it is particularly important as an abundance of saturated fats can impact on hormone secretion and general cell function. Put simply, cut out processed, fried and fast foods.
5 – Protein From Beans & Nuts
From one extreme to the other, I learnt very early on that beans and nuts are some best foods to eat when trying to get pregnant. Many people mistakenly assume that they must eat meat to get their recommended daily dose of protein. However, this is not the case. Protein is undoubtedly important, but to help with fertility it should ideally come from plants rather than animals.
A study done on nurses showed that women who got proteins from animals were 39% more likely to experience ovulation issues compared with their beans and nut eating counter-parts. Soy, peanuts and tofu added to a meal will all help increase your fertility chances.
6 – Black Sesame Seeds For Conception ?
There is a school of thought that says a lack of kidney essence can lead to issues with fertility. According to Chinese traditional methods, this essence can be replaced with black sesame seeds. But at the same time do not eat spicy food as this can affect the kidney essence.
7 – Pumpkin Seeds Secret Ingredient
Pumpkin seeds contain, amongst other things, the mineral Zinc. This is vital to form healthy semen and cervical mucus. Pumpkin seeds also contain strong anti-oxidants to help fertility.
8 – The Ice Cream Fallacy
It is widely published on the internet that eating ice cream can help you get pregnant. Whilst it’s true that full-fat milk can help with fertility (why not try cottage cheese or unsweetened yogurt), the added sugar in ice cream can actually increase insulin and this can damage you chances of conceiving.
9 – Bormelain : The Good & The Bad
Bromelain is a nutrient found in pineapples. It is argued that this can help with the implantation of embryos during the secretory phase. However you should not have it after ovulation as it is believed to result in contractions which, in some circumstances lead to miscarriage.
10 – Green Tea : Tastes Horrible, Does You Good
Ideally you need to reduce the amount of caffeine as this will help your fertility. However, if you really need caffeine to help you function, then it is obtainable from green tea – a much healthier option as it contains antioxidants. A cup per day will assist those moms trying to get pregnant.
Where Can I Find More Tips For Getting Pregnant ?
I hope you found these 10 tips on pregnancy nutrition useful. Please click on the link below for the next 10 tips in the series :-