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Nutrition For Pre-Conception Health


If you're trying to conceive, there's no magic food that will guarantee you increased fertility. However, by taking zinc your chances of conceiving can drastically improve, whether you're male or female. You should be taking 15mg of zinc each day, which can easily be found in most multivitamins or in foods like oysters. Also, by keeping your body healthy with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, you can keep your reproductive organs in optimum shape.

You need to make sure you have healthy eating habits about three to six months before you start trying to conceive. This will ensure that your body is in good shape to conceive and carry a baby to term. Studies have shown that overall healthy eating is related to both male and female fertility. Here are some vitamins and nutrients that you should be consuming before conception:

Folic Acid: It's recommended that any woman of childbearing age take folic acid (400 micrograms daily) which greatly reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects like spina bifida in the fetus. Your doctor may advise you to take more folic acid if you have a family history of neural tube defects. You'll find folic acid naturally in leafy green vegetables, nuts, fortified breads and cereals, and citrus fruits. You can also take a prenatal vitamin that will contain folic acid.

Supplements and Vitamins: Even if you eat a healthy diet, many doctors still recommend that you take a supplement to ensure that you're getting all the nutrients your body needs.

Calcium: Women need at least 1,000 mgs each day (this is equal to three eight ounce glasses of skim milk) if they are trying to conceive. You'll find calcium naturally in dairy products, canned salmon, and rice, and you can take a calcium supplement if you're considering getting pregnant. Look for reduced fat dairy products such as skim milk and low fat cottage cheese.

You also need to take away some things in your diet and lifestyle if you want to increase your odds of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. You should eliminate caffeine as studies have shown that over 300 milligrams each day can reduce your fertility by 27 percent. If you use artificial sweeteners, you need to stop as this can have an effect on the fetus. Also, cut out alcohol, recreational drugs, and cigarettes, which can seriously harm an unborn baby.

 


 
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