We are sure you have heard the saying, “You are what you eat”. If you are a woman in the process of trying to conceive, it is recommended that you pay special attention to your diet. According to the National Survey of Family Growth, infertility affects over 7.4 million women (11.9%) in the United States. While there are numerous conditions that may cause or contribute to a diagnosis of infertility, a poor diet is a growing and significant factor that women can address and remedy.
Factors like age and genetics cannot be controlled, but monitoring the foods you consume is something you can do yourself, without medical procedures, to help improve your fertility. It is recommended to consume foods high in certain vitamins:
- Vitamin B supports the release of an egg and promotes implantation
- Zinc can help with cell division and progesterone production
- Vitamin C is found in high quantities in the follicle after the egg is released, and could play a role in progesterone production
- Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) promote blood flow to the uterus and support the opening of the follicle to release the egg
These specific foods are also known to help increase your fertility:
- Leafy greens
- Whole Grains
- Fish (or fish oil supplements)
- Drink LOTS of water. Water can transport hormones and develop follicles. It also thins out cervical mucus, allowing sperm to reach the egg.
Nutrition plays an important role when it comes to having a healthy body and reproductive system. Numerous studies have shown that specific changes to a diet can improve fertility, prevent recurrent miscarriages, and support a healthy pregnancy.
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