You are advised to stay off plenty of things while you are pregnant, but did you know there are certain foods that can increase your chances of getting pregnant? During the different phases of a woman’s cycle, the levels of various hormones fluctuate and the body goes through a lot of changes. To improve the chances of conception, you should eat foods that help in each phase. Here are the top food while trying to conceive:
1. BEANS: Beans are known to be fertility-boosters. If you’re not too fond of beans you can substitute them with nuts, tofu or lentils to get your fill of plant proteins.
2. GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES: Dark green and leafy vegetables contain high amounts of vitamin folate, which not only improves the process of ovulation in a woman, but also helps in healthier sperm formation in a man. Increasing the intake of broccoli or spinach in your regular family meals will go a long way in improving your chances of getting pregnant.
3. PUMPKIN SEEDS: Pumpkin seeds are rich in non-heme iron. This form of iron is easily absorbed by the intestinal lining. Toasted pumpkin seeds make for a tasty and crunchy snack.
4. WHOLE WHEAT BREAD: Refined carbohydrates are digested much faster than complex carbohydrates. This causes sudden shooting up of blood sugar levels which can interfere with the performance of reproductive hormones. Choose dark bread over white and replace regular rice with brown rice when trying to conceive.
5. ICE CREAM: Oh, yes! Ice-cream (the full-fat variety) can help you conceive. Milk products improve ovulatory function and the fat content in them helps regulate reproductive hormones.
6. OLIVE OIL: Olive oil contains monounsaturated fats that are healthy for your body. It reduces insulin sensitivity and inflammation. Inflammation hampers the reproductive processes of the body such as ovulation, early development of the embryo and conception. Olive oil can be drizzled on salads or used in cooking.
7. HIGH QUALITY PROTEINS: Studies have shown that people who were having trouble getting pregnant improved after eating high-protein and low-carbohydrate diets. According to a study, eating 25% more protein and 40% less carbohydrates improved the quality of the women’s eggs and doubled her chances of getting pregnant. High-quality proteins can be sourced from eggs, fish and white meat poultry. If you do not eat meat, you can include legumes, beans and soy products in your meals to meet the protein requirement.
Include these dietary changes in your life and you will soon be welcoming a new member into the family. Mwaaaaaa.