The statistics show that while one in six couples has trouble conceiving, the most common cause is ‘unexplained infertility’, rather than hard medical reasons, such as blocked Fallopian tubes or ovulatory failure.
However, a study by the University of Surrey gives hope that ‘unexplained infertility’ is not as inexplicable as previously believed.
It shows that couples with a history of infertility, can achieve a phenomenal 80 per cent success rate if they alter their lifestyle, diet and take nutritional supplements.
Foods you should be eating every day and why!
Eat your greens Green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts and spinach along with salad need to be part of your daily intake.
These are all great food because they are high in iron and folic acid.
Iron and folic acid are needed to help the cells in your blood carry more oxygen throughout your body and deliver more oxygen to the egg you are ripening in your ovaries – so you produce healthier eggs. Blood flow to the ovaries is essential for good ovarian health.
They are so important in your diet as iron and folic acid help your body to produce healthier cells and prevents your baby from having problems with his/her spine.
Red and Orange vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, red and yellow peppers
These foods that are rich in betacarotene which is a known fertility food because it balances a females hormones and helps regulate the menstrual cycle. These foods can help to reduce the chances of having a miscarriage.
Wholegrain foods including wholegrain breads, lentils, beans and brown rice. These are all rich in iron and Vitamin B.
Deficiency in Vitamin B is linked to sterility. Depletion of Vitamin B is also linked to miscarriage and low birth weight babies.
Vitamin B2 is also used by the liver to clear away old unused hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone. Stale hormones get stored in the body which fools your body into thinking it has enough hormones. The body then won’t make more of the hormones you really need – so sabotaging your chances of conceiving.
Vitamin C. Vit C has been researched and proven to help men have better sperm and the sperm tend to be better “swimmers”. A healthy sperm can move more quickly and have a better chance at fertilising an egg.
(Vitamin C also prevents the sperm from sticking together and that’s why they are better swimmers).
Vitamin C is also proven to improve the quality of a woman’s egg and research has shown that if a woman is taking traditional infertility drugs , if she takes vitamin C along with these drugs the chances of her getting pregnant are greatly increased.
Vitamin C is also often recommended to women trying to conceive because it can increase the level of the hormone progesterone which helps regulate the menstrual cycle, helps thicken the lining of the uterus and can help reduce stress levels.
Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli and green peppers.
WARNING. Be careful not to eat too many oranges or drink too much orange juice when you are about to ovulate as this can cause vaginal secretions to become extremely acidic and can destroy your partner’s sperm.
Chicken Eggs. You should be eating 2 eggs a day whilst trying to get pregnant.
Eggs have fantastic nutritional qualities as they are very high in protein and contain lots of minerals.
This helps to improve the health of your reproductive system and helps you to receive and nourish a healthy growing baby.
You need to eat the right food and the right nutritional supplements at the right time to give your body the best chance you can to grow a healthy baby.
While it’s great to get the right amounts of vitamins, especially during pregnancy, getting too much of some vitamins can actually be harmful to a developing foetus
Too much vitamin A, in the form of retinol, may increase the risk of birth defects in your baby. Retinol is also found in high doses in liver and liver products, such as pate. Vitamin A is fat soluble, which means it is stored in your body in your liver and fat tissue. Taking large doses of vitamin A over a long period of time can build up to toxic levels.
“One supplement that is known to be recommended is a daily 400 micrograms (mcg) dose of folic acid. This is in addition to eating foods with naturally occurring folic acid, called folate, such as spinach, broccoli, beans and oranges.
Folic acid protects an unborn baby from developing a neural tube defect (NTD), such as spina bifida. Take folic acid while you are trying to conceive and, once you’re pregnant, for the first 12 weeks. “
Sarah Watkins, Dietician, The Baby Centre
So to recap so far:
For both partners
Commit to getting yourself in the best possible health
Quit smoking and drinking
Do not take non-prescription drugs
Reduce stress levels
Eat the right foods
Take the right supplements
Especially for the men:
Do not carry mobiles in your pocket ( and preferably not on your person)
Do not have very hot baths, saunas or jacuzzis
You are now well on your way at this point to improving your chances of conceiving and having a nice healthy body for your baby to develop and grow strong and healthy.
This information is provided for the purpose of making you aware of the importance of eating the right foods so as to prepare your body to produce heathy eggs and create the best nest possible for your baby to grow.
Please consult with your doctor for medical advice.
Feel free to contact me if you are having problems getting pregnant and would like a free one to one consultation. My contact details are on my website http://www.time4healing.co.uk.
Sleep well !