If you are trying to get pregnant, you should know that a healthy, balanced diet improves your chances of success. Unfortunately, there is no super-food that guarantees conception! But did you know that certain vitamins and minerals can indeed fuel your fertility and speed up your pregnancy plans?
For instance, B Vitamins regulate hormones, prevent irregular menstrual cycles and enable healthy egg and sperm production. When TTC, make sure you get enough of these vitamins from foods like yogurt, milk, and oily fish.
Folate or Vitamin B9 is especially important since it prevents serious neural defects like spina bifida in the initial stages of pregnancy. Although it is present in dark green vegetables like spinach and broccoli, it is wise to take a daily folate supplement to cover any nutritional gaps when you are trying to conceive.
Vitamin D also affects your fertility, with studies suggesting that higher levels of the sunshine vitamin enhance your chances of becoming pregnant. So, how do you get enough of it?
Step into the sun to get your D’s. You can also obtain vitamin D from tofu, mushrooms and fortified cow’s milk, orange juice and cereals. Fatty fish like salmon also provide Vitamin D. However, a key point to remember is that women who are trying to conceive are advised to intake of fish and to ensure that you never eat raw seafood.
Zinc is another micronutrient that both you and your partner should get enough of. It maintains hormonal balance and improves egg and sperm quality. So, feast your taste buds on whole grains, beans, legumes, almonds, cashews, whole fat dairy products and sunflower or pumpkin seeds in your diet and enjoy the benefits of zinc.
Finally, Omega 3 fatty acids will prep your reproductive organs up for baby-making by increasing blood flow and regulating hormones. Omega-3 fatty acids are abundant in soybeans, almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
So, if you are eager to embrace motherhood, get your diet on the healthy track right away. Speed up the process with foods that are rich in Vitamin B, folate, Vitamin D, Zinc and Omega-3 fatty acids and fill your belly (with a baby, of course!) in no time.