Getting the right amount of nutrition while trying to get pregnant is very important. But when there are too many opinions and suggestions about what to eat and avoid it can lead to confusion. Thus, let’s deflate some of these myths and look into some facts that can have a positive impact on your fertility!
Fertility Diet Myths
1. Only Folic acid is important: Even though Folic acid is an essential nutrient to be added to the fertility diet, it is not the only thing necessary. You should also include iodine which helps in the baby’s brain development and also strengthens your thyroid function. Foods rich in zinc, iron and omega 3 acids is vital as it helps prepare your body while trying to get pregnant. Also, vitamin B12 is important as the deficiency of it can affect your fertility.
2. Dairy can hinder your fertility: You may hear from a lot of people that while trying to get pregnant limit your consumption of dairy products as they may lead to infertility. There may be many claims behind it, but scientifically there is no evidence to support this theory. In fact, full-fat dairy contains nutrients that help reduce the chances of anovulation i.e the absence of ovulation eggs – a common cause of infertility. Thus, drinking milk or consuming dairy products won’t do any harm rather it will provide you with calcium which is beneficial for the development of bones.
3. Pineapple can support implantation: Pineapple is another fruit that has a high amount of vitamin C and vitamin B6 in them which is good for fertility. But a myth regarding pineapple states that it can promote implantation. This starts with the core of the pineapple which consists of an enzyme known as bromelain that has anti-inflammatory properties. This may be the reason why people often suggest that you eat pineapple to boost fertility. But, there are no clinical or scientific studies to back up this theory.
4. Completely avoid caffeine: Avoiding caffeine completely while trying to get pregnant is another myth that you shouldn’t fall prey to. However, having said that, there is a need to limit your intake to improve fertility. Thus, instead of completely giving up, reduce your consumption to one cup a day. This wouldn’t have any side effects.
Fertility Diet Facts
1. Your weight can affect fertility: Being underweight as well as obese can have negative effects on your fertility. Underweight women may face difficulty during menstruation as the body needs sufficient fat for the functioning of the ovulation. In contrast, overweight/obesity can cause some altercation in the ovulation process which may increase the chances of infertility in women. All in all, maintaining a healthy weight is important if you trying to conceive.
2. Your age can affect your chances of conceiving: Age is another factor that affects your chances of getting pregnant. As you grow old, the quality and quantity of the eggs start declining. A women’s reproductive eggs are at their peak when they are in the late 20s and their teens. But starts declining slightly once she turns 30 and continues to decrease in quality once she turns 35. At the age of 45 to 50, getting pregnant naturally may seem unlikely. But, age is just a number in today’s time and there are several ways through which you could be a mother whenever you want.
3. Staying hydrated: Lack of water causes dehydration, which can lead to numerous ill-effects on health. By drinking plentiful water, your kidneys can function better, which ensures that toxins are eliminated from the body rapidly. Also, by staying hydrated, you are able to improve the cervical fluid (cervical mucus), which helps boost fertility. Thus, drinking about 8-10 cups of water daily is recommended.
4. Eating Healthily can boost fertility: They are a lot of food items that have a positive effect on women’s fertility. While trying to get pregnant it is essential to include healthy foods that help boost fertility and nourish your body. Including vegetables and fresh fruits in your diet will help you gain protein, iron, vitamins, and other essential nutrients. Whereas, legumes, dried fruits, high-fibre food items, Greek yoghurt and cheese can help regulate the menstrual cycle and improve egg health.
The key factor to consider when trying to get pregnant is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, eating healthy foods, staying hydrated, maintaining an ideal weight will all help increase your chances of conceiving. Also, when in doubt, it is wise to consult with a gynaecologist who’ll provide constructive advice and treatment (if need be) rather than concentrating on myths.
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