A balanced and healthy diet is essential for your day-to-day well being but it will also greatly influence your ability to become pregnant.
Our ‘fertility diet’ below is a simple and easy to follow diet that will help prepare you for pregnancy.
As well as your diet, wherever possible, look to reduce the levels of stress and anxiety that are often impeding for those who intend to become pregnant, especially when the pregnancy does not occur in the first months of training.
Here’s what you need to eat every day to reach the recommended nutrient intake for the best opportunity to conceive
- Folic acid: around 700g of cooked spinach or 15 slices of bread
- Iodine: around 200g of oysters or 6 eggs
- Iron: around 900g of red meat or 250g of chicken livers.
Diet Tips to increase fertility
Avoid foods with fat, prefer foods with “good” fat like omega 3 and 6 such as that found in foods like olive oil, salmon and sardines.
Try and go for the wholemeal versions of foods, especially bread, pasta, rice and crackers, excess of white flour can disrupt your ovulation cycle.
Excess red meat can also influence the ovulation of women, so try and opt for white meats such as chicken, turkey and or fish.
Drink plenty of water, at least 1.5 litres a day.
Increase your consumption of foods rich in folic acid and iron, foods like soy, watercress, spinach, kale, beets, lentils and nuts are awesome.
Fertility Diet Menu Example
Here’s an example menu to give you some food for thought!
1 cup of milk
2 tablespoons of oat flakes
1 spoon (dessert) of almonds
1 small banana
1 diced apple
3 tablespoons of wheat bran
1 spoon of honey
1 plate of arugula, tomato and cucumber salad
3 spoons (scoop) of cooked eggplant
1 large piece of grilled salmon
2 spoons (scoops) of brown rice
1 boiled egg
1 slice of wholemeal bread
1 cup of green tea;
1 deep dish of vegetable soup with lentils
1 skinless and fat-free grilled chicken breast seasoned with lemon
2 slices wholemeal toast.
1 tablespoon of plain yogurt
1 tablespoon of crushed flaxseed
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