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A woman’s pregnancy journey starts even before she’s pregnant. She has to prepare herself and her body for that little one to grow. A healthy lifestyle and diet full of nutritious foods can help a woman to boost her fertility level and reduce further pregnancy complications.
What a woman eats can affect her reproductive health. Therefore, it is suggested that before planning a family, a woman should focus on eating a healthy and well-balanced diet loaded with nutrients, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and proteins.
To help you figure this out, we are sharing the foods that should be eaten and avoided before planning a pregnancy. Taking care of these food items will not only help in the baby’s good health but a mother’s health too before and after pregnancy.
Eat lots of colourful fruits and veggies. There’s no limit to it. The more you eat, the healthier the environment that a woman develops for the baby to grow.
Oils are not bad for health but choosing the right oil is important.
Eat more plant-based proteins like beans, nuts and lentils than animal proteins (especially red meat).
Reduce the intake of low-fat dairy products and start consuming full-fat dairy products such as yogurt, whole milk or have a small cup of ice cream.
Folic acid is vitamin B which helps the body to form new cells. It helps to form a neural tube in a developing baby.
We strictly suggest staying away from trans fats which are found in your favorite food items like pizza, fried food, chips, cakes and other commercially prepared foods and fast food items. These artery-clogging fats are bad for both men and women and affect their fertility as they can cause inflammation and spike insulin levels in the body.
High levels of sugar and carbs intake should be avoided before you’re planning to conceive as they lead to high blood sugar levels in the body. They kill all the key nutrients from the body and raise insulin levels which affect the fertility system and reduce the chances of getting pregnant. Instead, these can be traded with fresh fruits or low-processed sweeteners.
Several addictive beverages such as tea, coffee and alcohol should be avoided or consumed frequently when planning to get pregnant. These beverages can lead to dehydration in the body and can also interfere with fertility both in men and women. Switching to herbal tea is a better option to cut down on these temporarily.
Other than food, your weight and physical fitness also play an important role in boosting your fertility. If you’re overweight, start losing a little to jump-start your ovulation. If you haven’t been physically active for a long time, start with some light exercises, stretching, or simply brisk walking.
Lastly, keep yourself as much hydrated as you can, drink water and make it your best buddy till the last of your pregnancy days and of course even after.