Plant Proteins – Beans, Lentils & Tofu
Research at Harvard School of Public Health reportedly showed that women who ate more plant protein than animal protein were 39% more likely to conceieve. This is great news for veggie and vegan ladies looking to boost their conception chances.
Non low-fat milk has also been shown to increase chances of pregnancy. This means vegetarians can go right ahead and enjoy their favourite dairy products at least once a day – ice cream, cheese and milkshakes are all on the menu!
Leafy greens have so many things that are vital in the pre-conception stage, the most well known of which is probably folic acid. It’s useful for men as well as women so pile up that plate with spinach, kale and broccoli.
Iron is important for fertility and pumpkin seeds are a great source of this valuable mineral.
Chia and flax seeds are also a valuable source of Omega 3 fatty acids which are important during development.
Wholemeal bread, wraps and pasta provide fibre and stabilise blood sugar. Choose brown bread, pasta and rice if you’re trying to get pregnant.
One thing I read a lot about in the preparing for pregnancy books is decreasing inflammation which can interfere with the development of embryos. A natural food which helps with this is olive oil so load it into those salad dressings and sauces.
Try to avoid too many unhealthy fats, junk food, sugar, caffeine or alcohol.
A healthy BMI is also important during conception. You might want to try and gain or lose weight to ensure you’re starting from a healthy weight.