Pre-pregnancy diet

Fertility diet

Can you eat your way to pregnancy? By feasting for fertility you can help conceive a healthy baby

Boost your vitamins
While you can meet almost all your nutritional needs through a balanced diet, some experts believe that even the healthiest eaters could do with some extra help to ensure their babies have the best start in life.
A diet low in iron can contribute to ovulation problems. If you are having difficulty conceiving, visit your doctor to test your iron levels. Some rich non-animal sources of iron include kidney beans, spinach, baked beans, wholegrain cereals, and vitamin supplements.
Elevit with Iodine is a once-daily vitamin and mineral supplement for pregnancy. It is specially formulated to meet the needs of women who are trying to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding and provide baby with the best possible nutritional support. It contains 800mcg folic acid, shown to reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida. It also contains iron to help prevent iron deficiency and iodine to assist in the development of baby’s brain. Taken with a healthy diet, Elevit with Iodine contains the multivitamins and minerals that mums and mums-to-be need. It has a higher level of folic acid, iron and iodine in combination than most other multivitamin supplements used in pregnancy.
It’s also important to continue managing your iron intake during pregnancy as low levels can increase the risk of post-partum anaemia, and the risk of pregnancy complications, such as a low birth weight.

Baby-making ingredient checklist

  • Folic acid, found in green vegetables and whole grains.
  • Berries, which are rich in antioxidants.
  • Fatty fish, such as salmon, for omega-3.
  • Lean red meat, for iron.
  • Fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Aphrodisiacs, like ginger, oysters and dark chocolate, to help get you both in the mood.

The fertility menu
Follow these steps for a healthier, more fertile you.

  • Choose fibre-rich, slowly digested carbohydrates such as fresh fruit, whole grains and vegetables.
  • Drink whole milk rather than skim milk – or aim for a daily serve of full-fat yoghurt.
  • Reduce your coffee and alcohol intake to one per day day of each – and skip sugary soft drinks. Drink lots of water.
  • Men should up their zinc and vitamin E intake, and take a vitamin supplement like Menevit for sperm health.
  • Buy organic foods, as pesticides can affect delicate hormone balances, as well as male sperm production.
  • Include fenugreek in your diet as it has high levels of vitamins A and D, which can help with sexual desire and impotence. It can also increase the body’s metabolism, giving you more energy for sex.
  • Avoid or limit your sugar consumption. Choose natural sweeteners like maple syrup, honey or agave nectar.

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