Eating to Conceive
Almost every woman knows that it is important to eat well while you are
pregnant. The benefit it provides you and your baby is invaluable. But,
do you also know how important it is to eat well even before you get
pregnant? If you are actively trying to get pregnant you have to make
sure your body is prepared to accept the challenge. The first thing you
should do before even beginning to try is to talk to your doctor to see
how you measure up health wise. Does he think you need to lose a few
pounds before getting pregnant or does he feel you need to gain a few?
Your doctor may recommend that you change your eating habits and start
As soon as you decide you want a baby, you should begin to get in the
habit of eating healthier. Slowly begin to cut out caffeine. If you
smoke, now is a good time to quit rather than waiting until you have that
positive test. Smoking can decrease your fertility and increase your
risk of a miscarriage if you are still smoking when you are pregnant.
Another thing you can do is to start taking prenatals or at least a
multivitamin supplement that contains at least 400 micrograms of folic
acid. You can also begin to add food into your diet that is rich in folic
acid such as spinach and other green vegetables, peanuts, and orange
juice. You can also start by taking a prenatal vitamin also. These
vitamins contain iron, folic acid, and calcium along with vitamin C, D, B
and vitamins B6 and B12 also.
Reevaluated your diet. Start to eat foods that have plenty of vitamins,
minerals and fiber. Lay off the fat and excess sugar. You want to eat
foods that have a high nutrient density. Eat at least five portions a
day of fruits and vegetables along with protein and iron rich foods like
dried fruit, and green vegetables. Try to steer clear of raw fish like
sushi, and steer clear of undercook shellfish, meat or chicken. You also
want to try to avoid fish that has high mercury content like swordfish,
shark, or king mackerel. Cut out any food that has unpasteurized milk in
it including cheeses such as brie, camembert, and some Mexican cheese.
Also cut out foods that have raw egg in it including homemade cookie
Make sure you up your water intake. Water should always be your first
beverage choice before, after and during your pregnancy. Water helps to
flush your system of toxins. Once you've gotten your eight glasses in,
you can drink fruit and vegetable juices also.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do before you get pregnant is to
cut out all alcohol. The American College of Obstetricians and
gynecologists have stated that women who drink might have a harder time
getting pregnant than women who do not drink. Another reason why you
should give up alcohol is that most birth defects that are caused by
alcohol exposure usually occur in the first few weeks of pregnancy,
usually before you even know you are pregnant.
Getting your body prepared for pregnancy is one of the best decisions you
could make. Your body will be more prepared for the challenge of growing
a baby and the experience will be a little easier on your body.