If you’ve decided now is the time to try for a baby, why not give your diet an overhaul before you begin. If you’re eating well and have plenty of the right vitamins and minerals inside you, the better chance you have of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby.
Here are the top foods to eat if you’re thinking about pregnancy, all of them contain the nutrients that are said to boost fertility such as folic acid and vitamin B12:
Fish is packed with Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are vital for the development of a baby’s brain and nervous system. It is also said to help reduce the risk of children developing allergies, such as hay fever and asthma. Fish also contains fertility boosting B12.
Pregnant women however, should avoid fish containing large amounts of mercury as this can affect your baby’s development. The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) have an advice page on their website all about eating fish during pregnancy. They recommend eating between 8 and 12 ounces of fish a week. You can read their guidelines here.
Fish can be poached, fried or oven baked and can be eaten along with rice or potatoes, or made into fishcakes, fish pie or curry.
Chickpeas and Lentils are packed with the proteins, iron, calcium and zinc that keep you healthy and stop damage from free radicals and help your baby’s skeletal and brain development.
You can make chickpea or lentil curry, eat pitta bread with hummus or make lentil soup or stew.
Full Fat Dairy Products
According to research carried out at Harvard School of Public Health, full fat products are supposed to help fertility and they have come up with a fertility diet. However, they do say that you shouldn’t eat or drink too much full fat, only some in your diet is a good thing. Once you are pregnant you can go back to low fat if you choose because all dairy includes calcium, vitamin D and protein, which babies need for the development of their bones, teeth, nerves and heart.
Try a glass of full fat milk a day and a yogurt or some full fat cheese, or use them as ingredients in your daily diet.
Eggs contain 13 vitamins and minerals, which include iron, selenium, vitamins A and B12, choline and protein. All of which are important for a developing baby and a healthy adult. They are cheap, versatile and delicious on their own for breakfast or as an ingredient in a main meal. Pregnant women should avoid eating undercooked or raw eggs, as there is a risk of salmonella food poisoning. Pasteurized eggs though are safe.
Leafy Green Vegetables
Leafy Green Vegetables are packed with nutrition. They contain iron, fibre and calcium as well as vitamins A, K and C and folic acid which is essential for the healthy development of your baby’s spinal cord and brain. It helps to eliminate birth defects such as Spina Bifida or anencephaly. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach and lettuce can be used in salads, soups, stir fries or smoothies.
Avocados contain Vitamins K, C, E, B5 and B6, potassium and folic acid. They will not only keep you healthy by protecting you against heart disease, but they will also protect your baby in the same way as leafy green vegetables do because of their high folic acid content.
Eat it on a salad, make delicious guacamole or include it in a tortilla wrap. It’s a great food to give your baby too, try him or her with pureed avocado and banana.
Don’t Forget to Hydrate
Drinking water will help you if you are trying to get pregnant. It helps improve blood circulation to your womb and thin your cervical mucus, so that sperm find it easier to travel.