There’s no guaranteed way to eat yourself pregnant! However, there are some foods that will boost your chances of conception. Don’t forget, it takes TWO to tango! Your partner should also be looking at their diet and lifestyle and making sure they’re getting all the right foods.
Folic acid – a supplement of 400 micrograms per day is recommended both before you become pregnant and for the first 12 weeks. The natural form of folic acid is called folate and it can be found in green leafy veg such as spinach, asparagus, broccoli, beans and peas.
Liver – The thought of it might gross you out, but liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! It’s loaded with vitamins including iron and vitamin B12. However, once pregnant liver should be avoided!
Pumpkin seeds – are a great source of zinc, which helps assist in healthy egg development. Other foods that are high in zinc are almonds, rye, peas, and oats.
Fruit & Vegetables – Vitamins A, C, E (the ACE vitamins!) and folic acid can help keep sperm strong, healthy and get them swimming!
Food Sources –
Vitamin A – leafy greens, carrots, red peppers, to name a few
Vitamin C – orange, grapefruit, tomatoes, broccoli
Vitamin E – vegetable oils, nuts, seeds
Folic acid – leafy greens, beans and most fruit
Oysters – High in zinc, a key nutrient for male fertility. This slippery seafood may not be everybody’s cup of tea; you can also find zinc in smaller amounts in foods such as beef, chicken, dairy foods, nuts, eggs, whole grains, and beans.
Pumpkin seeds – Also high in zinc. These super seeds are loaded with omega 3 which is critical for good health. Other ways to boost Omega 3 – oily fish e.g. salmon, trout, nuts- almonds and seeds – flaxseed.
So stock up on all the above foods and get down business!