There are a lot of rules about what you can and can’t eat once you get pregnant but there are foods known to boost your fertility and help you conceive faster. changing your diet now will help you to sustain healthy pregnancy Follow these tips:
Eat more fruits and veggies.
Vegetables provide a hefty dose of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron and magnesium, while fruits offer up vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Aim to eat 4 to 5 servings of veggies (at least two should come from leafy greens) and 3 to 4 servings of fresh fruit.
Limit your sugar intake.
No one can swear off sugar entirely, but it’s smart to temper your sweet tooth whenever possible. Too much refined sugar — foods like cookies, donuts, candy, pastries — might interfere with your chances of getting pregnant.
Analyze your eating habits.
If you follow a restricted diet — whether that’s due to personal beliefs or because you’re managing a chronic condition — ask your doctor if you need to shore up any nutritional gaps in your meals. (A dietician or nutritionist can also help.) If you suspect that you may have an eating disorder — like bulimia or anorexia nervosa, for example — talk to your practitioner about enlisting the help of a health professional and a support group.
Practice good (food) hygiene.
Food poisoning is dangerous for anyone, but when you’re pregnant, it can lead to premature birth and other potential problems. And some foodborne illnesses can affect your baby’s health even before you conceive. For example, methylmercury, a metal found in some seafood including swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel and shark, can harm a baby’s developing nervous system even before conception, says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). White albacore tuna can also contain high levels of methylmercury, so the FDA recommends limiting your consumption of albacore tuna to 6 oz. per week during pregnancy.
Don’t skip meals.
Right now, you might prefer to sleep through breakfast or work through lunch, but we guarantee you that baby will think differently. Time to overhaul your schedule and start eating three square meals a day. That way, when baby’s on board, you’ll be able to supply him or her with a steady stream of nutrients throughout the day.
Cut back on caffeine.
When you’re trying to conceive, you should drink no more than 200 mg a day, or about one 12-oz cup of coffee. Keeping it within this range may, in fact, boost your odds of getting pregnant.
Using tobacco can make it harder for you to get pregnant — and once you are pregnant, you may also be more likely to have a miscarriage. Plus, both smoking and breathing in secondhand smoke can also cause your baby to be born underweight and put him at risk of a host of birth defects and health problems.
Don’t drink alcohol.
Alcohol can harm a developing baby, warns the CDC, and make it tougher to conceive in the first place. Best to stick with a mocktail. Overwhelmed? Don’t be. You don’t have to eat a “perfect” diet — just tell yourself what you’ll tell your child some day: Do the best you can.