Pre Pregnancy Diet

If you are trying to get pregnant it makes sense to prepare your body by eating the right sort of foods. Very often, a busy lifestyle and poor nutrition can make it just that bit harder to get pregnant, and if you are over thirty your age can affect you too. So the more you help your body by eating properly, the more likely you are to get pregnant.

You And Your Partner

Yes, what your partner eats can affect your ability to get pregnant too! Many processed foods today are overloaded with oestrogens that can not only send your cycle haywire but can lower a man's fertility as well.  Soya protein is one of the culprits so both you and your partner should avoid soya in all its forms while you are trying for a baby. Even regular tap water can be a problem because of all the oestrogens and fluoride in the water supply so switch to filtered or bottled water. Caffeine can also affect your chances so avoid coffee and all caffeinated drinks as well if you don't fall pregnant straight away. Of course you've given up smoking, but did you know that your partner needs to give up too because if he still smokes because he could be preventing you from getting pregnant! You also both need to check with your GP to see if any medications, even painkillers you've been prescribed, could affect your chances of conceiving!


First and foremost you need to start to take a folic acid supplement about 3 months before you try for a baby. This helps to prevent birth defects like spina bifida, so take at least 400 micrograms a day. Many doctors now even recommend doubling that when you are trying to get pregnant. Your GP can give you a blood test to make sure you are getting enough zinc, vitamins B, C, D and E from your diet to get pregnant. If not, there are good pre-natal multi vitamin supplements on the market, which can ensure you are getting enough. Even your partner's fertility can be compromised if he doesn't get enough of the right vitamins so get him checked out too!

Changes To Your Diet

Of course the best way to make sure you are getting nutrients is to eat healthy. For example, switch to monounsaturated fats like olive oil, instead of eating transfats like margarine. Also cut out cakes and pastries and other processed foods which usually have loads of transfats, not to mention all that white flour! Eating whole grains gives you complex carbohydrates as well as high fibre, and are low on the glyceymic index, so will keep your blood sugar levels on an even keel. High fat dairy products are also recommended while you are trying to get pregnant, especially if you have problems ovulating. Getting more of your protein from vegetables and seeds and less from red meat is also a good idea unless you are eating organic. Make sure you get your 'five a day', especially lots of iron rich leafy green vegetables.

Cook chicken thoroughly to avoid salmonella poisoning and avoid raw eggs and products with raw eggs for the same reason. Raw shellfish can also cause problems so stay clear. Although liver is full of iron, nowadays pregnant women and those trying for a baby are advised to avoid liver as it contains a lot of vitamin A, which can be harmful.

Ask your GP if you can see a dietician or a nutritionist for more healthy eating advice.

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