Diet for Trying to Get Pregnant

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Diet and fertility go hand in hand, according to the BabyCenter website. In fact, a relationship exists between what you eat, how much you weigh and having a successful pregnancy. In other words, if you do what your doctors have always recommended–eating a healthy diet and exercising to maintain a healthy weight–you will have a better chance of getting pregnant.

Multivitamin, Folic Acid and Iron

Taking a multivitamin that contains folic acid can help you get pregnant and is important to prevent neural tube defects in your baby, says Dr. Judith Reichman, the “Today” show’s medical contributor. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits and beans that contain iron. Stay away from processed foods, especially foods that contain the trans fats that you may find in margarine or donuts.

Insulin Levels

Other foods to concentrate on eating are whole grains, according to “U.S. News & World Report.” This has a beneficial effect on your insulin levels, which helps with ovulation. Fruits and vegetables also help you to maintain healthy insulin levels.

Have Some Dairy

Ice cream may be your friend if you are trying to conceive. According to “U.S. News & World Report,” a daily serving of a full-fat dairy product can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Don’t go overboard, though, because that could throw your insulin level out of whack, which hurts ovulation. As far as ice cream goes, you can have two half-cup servings a week. You can also have a glass of whole milk, or add whole milk to your cereal instead of skim, and you can eat some cheddar cheese or full-fat yogurt in moderation, too.

Nutrients

Foods that contain vitamins C, E, zinc and folic acid are particularly beneficial for both men and women when you are trying to get pregnant. These nutrients are good for making healthy sperm, according to the BabyCenter. You need to get the right amount of nutrients to maintain healthy periods and ovulation.

What Not to Eat

You should cut out or only drink alcohol on occasion. You should not smoke or use illegal drugs. The verdict is still out on caffeine, but it would not hurt you to cut back on your caffeine intake. Try to consume no more than three cups of coffee a day. Some fish is good to eat, such as salmon and canned tuna, but avoid fish with high mercury levels, such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish.

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