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Can Certain Foods Affect Your Ability to Become Pregnant?

Posted July 22, 2019 in Blog

A nutritious and balanced diet is essential to ensure you are in good health. Many patients who desire a child of their own may not realize that the foods we put in our body can have a significant effect on their ability to conceive.

While most patients cannot control the cause of infertility, they can control their lifestyle and eating habits. Below we will discuss certain foods and eating habits that may affect the fertility of both men and women. Making sure that you consume a healthy diet is just one way to improve your chances of conception.

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What Can I Do to Stay Healthy?

A healthy lifestyle helps to ensure healthy eggs and sperm. Men and women who want to start a family can maintain a healthy and nutritious diet with the following steps:

Maintain a Stable Weight

According to studies, at least 30 percent of infertility cases are associated with significant weight loss or gain that can alter your hormone levels and ovulation schedule.

Patients can improve their chances of conceiving by maintaining a healthy weight with a healthy diet and regular exercise. Be sure you talk with your fertility specialists to determine what your proper weight would be based on your health records and figure.

Eating Foods That Contain Iron and Folic Acid

Eating more vegetables, healthy and monounsaturated fats, whole grains, and calcium-rich foods (including dairy) can help you meet your nutrient needs. Meals that contain iron and folic acid are especially beneficial to your body and can lower the risk of infertility.

Make sure you also stay away from fad diets. Diets like intermittent fasting can deplete your body of the nutrients it needs for pregnancy. Find a healthy eating plan that will work best for you and your partner by talking to a registered dietitian.

To ensure you are eating right, avoid the following foods if you are trying to get pregnant:

  • High-mercury fish
  • Soda
  • Trans fats
  • High-glycemic-index foods
  • Low-fat dairy
  • Excess alcohol
  • Unpasteurized soft cheeses
  • Deli meat

What Are My Treatment Options?

Patients who have attempted these healthy methods with little to no success can choose to look into certain fertility options like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or testicular sperm extraction (TESE) to achieve their conception goals.

To learn more about healthy eating habits for you and your future child, please contact our office at (310) 929-6707 today! Our team of fertility specialists is here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have.