Lifestyle and diet can have a huge effect on fertility; therefore it’s important for both partners to consume a well-balanced diet prior to conception. Not only is a healthy diet crucial to fertility, but for the pregnancy that follows too. Read on to find out more.
You are what you eat
This well-known saying has some truth in it when it comes to pregnancy. How? What you eat affects everything in your body, from your blood to your cells, to your hormones. It is thought that you should allow three months to a year for dietary changes to take root so if you’re planning on having a baby, be sure to consume all the nutrients you need to conceive well in advance. Don’t worry if you’ve left it to last minute, it’s better late than never.
Alcohol is an enemy
Whilst it’s nice to enjoy the occasional glass of wine or bottle of beer, it’s not worth having ‘just the one’ drink when you’re pregnant as alcohol can harm a developing fetus, so why even risk having the odd drink when trying to conceive? Alcohol is unlikely to harm your chances of conceiving; however it’s wise to remain teetotal between ovulation and menstruation, just in case. Although it’s questionable that alcohol has an effect on fertility, some studies do display a slight link between drinking and difficulty in conceiving.
Caffeine could cut chances
Whether caffeine can affect fertility is a mystery, but why take the risk when there’s no absolute certainty that it doesn’t affect fertility. Whilst experts say that low to moderation caffeine consumption won’t prevent you from getting pregnant, if you’re struggling to conceive or are undergoing IVF treatment then you may want to avoid caffeine completely. Caffeine can hinder your body’s ability to absorb iron and calcium and if you’re trying to get pregnant, you need all the nutrients you can get.
An overload of refined carbs is no good
Refined carbohydrates including white bread, white pasta, and white rice may not directly lower your chances of getting pregnant but they will leave your body feeling short-changed. How? The refining process strips key nutrients from grains. These nutrients, which include antioxidants, B vitamins, and iron, are void in refined carbs and it is these nutrients that boost fertility. When trying to conceive, you should pack your diet with as many nutrient-rich foods as possible, so stay clear of refined carbs and embrace whole grains.
Eat your five a day
Fruits and vegetables are not only steeped in vitamins and minerals, they’re also overflowing with micronutrients that fight against free radicals. So what are free radicals? Harmful molecules that sneak into the body and can damage the ova, sperm, and reproductive organs. Be sure to eat plenty of Fruit and vegetables; the more vivid the hue, the more nutrient-packed the produce.
So there you have it, now you know how diet can influence your fertility. If you’re struggling to conceive, it’s worth looking at fertility treatments. The Bridge Centre is one of the UK’s leading fertility clinics, providing IVF and fertility treatments, as well as diagnosis and support.