By now we all know that the foods we eat can boost or detract from our good general health. But most of us don't realize that eating right is also necessary for getting our reproductive health affairs in order. Once you start including the following foods in your diet, your body will be getting ready to get pregnant!
Start with an abundance of vegetables and fruit. Use the rainbow as your guide and pack in as many different colors as you can, each day: green, red, yellow, orange. Each color contains different corresponding nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and the most important thing of all: water. If it's hard for you to get in a lot of fruit, try making smoothies with yogurt, whatever fruit is in season, ice for chill power, and some vanilla extract.
If you have a salad for lunch and a green veggie with your dinner, you'll have all bases covered. Try to include dark green vegetables, the darker they are, the better they are for your body.
After that comes protein. You need to eat around 100 grams of protein each day, or 1/4 of a pound of protein. That's not so much. Good protein sources include beans, eggs, fish, poultry, and red meat. If you don't mind the extra expense, organic is best for avoiding chemicals and additives you really don't need.
Everyone and his dog are on low-carb diets these days, but this diet is a no-no for the woman who wants to conceive. You need whole grains—not white flour, white rice, and white sugar—to give you the fiber you need to metabolize the estrogen in your body and keep it from building up to levels that would prevent conception. Whole wheat, brown rice, and oats are all terrific ways to ensure best conception health.
Try to combine your proteins with an equal amount of complex carbohydrates to prevent spikes in your blood sugar that can prevent an egg from implanting. For example, have a 1/4 pound of chicken breast with half a cup of brown rice at dinner.
Of course, calcium figures large in any diet for a woman trying to get pregnant. You need calcium for proper pH. Calcium keeps your body alkaline, the ideal state for conception. Most of us think of dairy products when we think about calcium sources. But lactose intolerant women have calcium choices too, such as tahini, almonds, quinoa, and kale.
Don't neglect fats. You need at least some fat to make a baby. Fats help the body produce hormones. Fats are also terrific sources of vitamin A. Just make sure you get your fats from healthy sources like flax seed, dairy products, olive oil, and fish oil.