You probably have heard the adage ‘you are what you eat.’ Does that mean you can eat your way to pregnancy and motherhood? Studies have shown that certain foods, vitamins and minerals can help improve your overall fertility environment and provide a healthy foundation to support the growth and development of your baby.
In general, if you’re trying to become pregnant it’s important to eat a well-rounded diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, dairy and whole grains. To cover all the bases, you can include a daily prenatal vitamin.
To help you with your nutritional strategy when trying to get pregnant, the experienced team at New York Reproductive Wellness (NYRW) can help support you in your planning.
Bananas and Citrus Fruits
Bananas are loaded with B6, the hormone-regulating vitamin that plays a big role in conception. Citrus fruits, high in vitamin C, have also been shown to support the regulation of hormones in women. Vitamin C can help the man in your life as well. Vitamin C has been linked to improved sperm count and motility in men.
Asparagus and Carrots
Prenatal vitamins, typically high in folic acid, play an important role in ovulation. Asparagus is also loaded with folic acid and a beneficial food in supporting ovulation. Carrots, rich in beta-carotene, are a guy’s best friend when it comes to sperm mobility. Studies have shown as much as an 8% increase in sperm mobility associated with beta-carotene rich diets.
Walnuts and Almonds
Omega-3 fatty acids have been found to be fertility helpers in both men and women. Men who ate a diet high in omega-3s had sperm that was faster and stronger than their counterparts with low omega-3 levels. Walnuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, rich in both vitamin E and antioxidants, have been linked to sperm health and have been shown to protect egg DNA.
Struggling with infertility can be stressful and confusing. The experienced and caring team at NYRW is your partner in health and fertility. If you’ve been unable to get pregnant, the first step in understanding the cause of your particular difficulties is to schedule an initial interview with our team. Call 516-605-2626 to make an appointment, we look forward to meeting with you.