Ok so you’ve decided you want to fall pregnant. First of all, how exciting!! Mega eeeeeks and squeals! Ok now, that we’ve got that out the way, it’s time to get serious. Getting your body ready for pregnancy is super important. Just think of all the work it will need to do throughout those nine long months. But before you get to that beautiful big baby bump stage (followed closely by needing to pee every 5 minutes), it’s time to think about what you’re putting into your body right now. You might be wondering if it really matters what you’re eating before you get pregnant… I mean come on, that cheeseburger is looking mighty tempting! But, yes it certainly does. What we put into our bodies has a huge impact on our fertility… so start eating these foods today!
Almonds may be small but they’re a total powerhouse when it comes to fertility. Rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E, these little babies are great for both you and your hubby.
Woo hoo! Bring on the banana smoothies, I say! Bananas are high in Vitamin B6, help to regulate hormones and are pretty darn fabulous for assisting with egg and sperm development.
3. Full Fat Dairy
Drink a glass of full-fat milk for a big calcium boost. Calcium assists with reproduction, ovulation and of course, bone health. Try and consume 1,000mg of calcium a day (just don’t overdo the full-fat thing as you may end up piling on a few unwanted kilos). Cheese, leafy greens, tofu and low-fat yoghurt will also help to boost your calcium intake.
While some types of fish are a pregnancy ‘no-no’, salmon is a great option for those trying to conceive. It’s high in Omega 3 fats and has been found to regulate hormones, as well as improve egg and sperm quality.
5. Whole Grains
There’s no need to kiss goodbye to your beloved midday sandwich while you’re trying to conceive. Use wholegrain bread and watch the complex carbs and folic acid regulate your blood sugar levels, hormones and menstrual cycle.
Berries are one of the highest antioxidant containing foods around (and they’re super yum too!). These will help to protect your eggs from ageing and will also boost your partners sperm. Double yay! Why not make a berry smoothie for breakfast and add in a tablespoon of chia seeds for added nutrition.
Asparagus is a great little source of folate which is essential for pregnancy. It is also strongly recommended that women take a prental multi-vitamin containing folate while trying to conceive and throughout their pregnancy.
8. Chia Seeds
They may be super teeny tiny, but chia seeds pack a punch when it comes to fertility. Full of Omega-3 fats, these little babies will improve egg and sperm production as well as regulate your hormones. Sprinkle a few over your yoghurt and muesli in the morning for an added boost!
Eggs provide your body with Vitamin D and B6. This will help your body to produce progesterone… a super important hormone needed for pregnancy.
10. Lean Meat
Iron is essential when trying to conceive and a great source is from lean meats such as chicken, turkey or beef. Lean meat will also provide your body with protein that assists with reproduction.
So there you have it, 10 fertility boosting foods that will see you well on your way to falling pregnant. Which of these fertility boosters is your favourite?