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Improve your Fertility with Fertility Diet

Nutrition plays a significant role in reproduction and during the pregnancy. It is important for both partners to keep a well-balanced diet with sufficient amounts of carbohydrates, protein and fat along with vitamins and minerals.

You are what you eat and this is certainly the case when you are preparing to have a baby and during the pregnancy.

Eating a fertility diet in preparation for pregnancy and to boost fertility is one of the most powerful health changes you can make. Changes to the diet can improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriage, and support a healthy pregnancy.

At Footsteps To Fertility Centre located  in Nairobi, Kenya, we understand that there is a strong correlation between body weight, nutrient deficiencies and antioxidant levels and fertility, so what you eat can impact your ability to conceive.

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The Fertility Diet

What to eat to conceive

What is a fertility diet?

A fertility diet is a way of eating that is supporting your body in its reproductive efforts. It includes foods which are dense in specific nutrients needed for hormonal function, production and balance, fetal development, egg health, sperm health, blood health, and much more.

It is a diet that is designed to help your body to balance fertility issues that may exist, build up nutrient stores and provide all of the building blocks for a healthy child. It is also a diet that is focused on giving you and your future child the best start in life.

You are what you eat and this is certainly the case when you are preparing to have a baby and during the pregnancy.

Although there is no standard fertility or pregnancy diet that can be recommended to women in their reproductive years, certain measures have been shown to improve outcomes and increase the chances of having a healthy baby.

Men should eat a healthy diet rich in fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, and whole grains; olive oil should replace animal fats; nutrients and vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin E that are renowned for their antioxidant qualities and believed to increase sperm health.

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When it comes to protein, it is important to consume adequate amounts of foods that provide sufficient amounts of protein-derived amino acids such as red meat, chicken and fish. For vegetarians, it is important to combine different types of vegetable proteins to maintain adequate protein intake. Types of foods that are considered a good source of protein include lentils, all types of beans, seeds, peas, soybeans and grains.

Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt provide important nutrients and especially calcium essential for the body and the pregnancy. It is important to avoid unpasteurized dairy products because of possible listeria infection, but this is nearly eliminated in pasteurized products.

Whole grains are preferred in the form of whole wheat bread, cereals and pastas. They are excellent sources of fiber; they improve digestion and lower cholesterol at the same time.

They also play a significant role in glucose and insulin metabolism, which is especially important in women with ovulation problems. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common hormonal disorder in reproductive years. It can result in insulin resistance and eventually diabetes. The risk of diabetes can be significantly reduced in PCOS patients by modifying diet and weight loss.

If you drink a lot of coffee or soda, it may be helpful to begin cutting back now. Current recommendations are to limit caffeine intake to about 200 mg per day. This is equivalent to a 12-ounce cup of coffee.

You should also start taking a prenatal vitamin with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid each day as soon as you decide to start trying to conceive. This is to reduce the risk of certain birth defects.

Generally, a well-balanced diet is recommended to all women considering pregnancy as it provides nutrients to support a healthy reproductive system.

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