As I’ve shared in the past, it took my late husband and me quite some time to conceive our daughter. I credit my dietary changes in the months leading up to her conception, with at least part of that success. I thought I would share them today. Perhaps they will help another couple trying for a baby.
Dietary Tips for Women Trying to Conceive
- Weight – Most of us already know being in a normal weight range is ideal for fertility. Just a moderate move in the right direction can help your conception chances quite a bit, though. I had lost some weight prior to conceiving our daughter but was definitely not at an “ideal” weight.
- Alcohol – Higher intakes of alcohol are not a good idea while trying to conceive. Of course, an obvious reason would be that if you are successful, your baby will be subjected to it, but also since it has been connected with reduced fertility. Since I was trying to lose weight, I had cut alcohol consumption out, other than a rare glass of wine. The one time I had a few at friend’s house left me feeling sick for days… I think it may have kick started my morning sickness.
- Nutrient Rich Diet – Try and stick to lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and quality meats. Keep the sugars and processed foods to a minimum. Of course, this is good advice for everyone.
- Avoid Pesticides – Switch to organic for the more pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables, and look for hormone free meats. Setting up a healthy environment for your baby to grow is something you will feel good about and is a great way to enhance fertility.
- Start taking Prenatal Vitamins – This one is widely recommended. I wish I had done it myself, but I’d sort of given up on having a baby when we conceived. I was doing the items above, though.