If you’re struggling to conceive, it may be that you need look no further than your diet. We all know that a healthy diet is a key element of a healthy lifestyle and a healthy body, but it can also have a significant impact on your ability to conceive and carry a baby.
There is plenty of research to substantiate the role diet has to play on boosting fertility for women. In one trial in the US, women undergoing fertility treatment who consumed high levels of protein and low levels of carbohydrates had better quality eggs and embryos. Other studies have shown links between ovulatory infertility and trans Unsaturated fats, while replacing animal protein with vegetable protein has been shown to reduce the risks.
In fact, the impact of diet on fertility is so strong that researchers at Harvard University have even devised The Fertility Diet, based on the findings of an eight-year study of more than 18,000 women. Eating smart when you are trying to conceive could not only boost your chances of realising your dream, it will also establish healthy eating patterns for your pregnancy, which will help your baby grow and reduce the risk of complications. The guidelines follow the advice you are used to hearing about a healthy diet – plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates (wholemeal where possible), protein (try substituting beans and pulses for some meat) and dairy, but avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat – with some key things to avoid that could be harmful for your baby when you do conceive. The NHS has up-to-date diet advice for pregnant women and those who are trying to conceive.