Thinking about having a baby? Did you know that your diet could impact your fertility?
Recent studies show a link between unhealthy eating and infertility. Harvard University found that women who ate diets that triggered the highest levels of blood sugar were 92 percent more likely to suffer from infertility.
Healthy foods for a healthy pregnancy
It's thought that refined carbohydrates (white bread, white rice, refined grains, pastries, soda and highly processed foods) can hamper fertility by unbalancing hormones. Although studies haven't proven which foods will boost fertility, findings suggest certain diet changes might help:
- Switch protein sources. Try vegetable protein instead of animal protein. Add cooked dried beans and nuts to your diet and eat less beef, pork and chicken.
- Add a little high-fat dairy. In moderation, high-fat dairy can help reduce the risk of ovulatory infertility. Try a glass of whole milk instead of skim milk with your meal.
- Take your vitamins. Iron supplements and multivitamins with folic acid can also reduce the risk of ovulatory infertility.
- Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Whether you're trying to get pregnant or not, this is a good rule to follow. Adding vitamins, fiber and antioxidants from these foods can help promote healthy fetal growth and development.
- Eat more omega-3. Salmon, canned light tuna and some egg brands can help a baby's brain and nervous system develop and reduce the risk of premature birth.
Eating healthy and more!
Although a healthy diet can help promote pregnancy, it may not be the only solution for your needs. If you or your partner struggle with infertility, talk to your doctor about treatment options.
To find a doctor or speak to a nurse, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (951) 788-3463, 24 hours a day.
For more information, visit Women's and Children's Services.
Sources: HealthyWomen.org, WomenWorld.org