5 Dietary Changes to Consider When Trying to Conceive

By Red Rock Fertility     Posted August 24, 2014     In

Dietary Foods for Fertility

Stop Smoking

Many people believe that they do not need to worry about stopping smoking until they are already pregnant. This is not the case for people who are struggling with infertility. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine reports that as many as 13 percent of all diagnoses of infertility in females is due to smoking. During pregnancy smoking can cause birth defects, and nicotine withdrawals can be difficult on both the mother and the unborn baby. All smoking should cease before a couple starts trying to get pregnant.

Reduce Caffeine Intake

Just a little caffeine can greatly reduce your chance of getting pregnant. In one fertility study researchers found that women who consumed more caffeine than the equivalent of one cup of coffee a day were 50 percent less likely to conceive than women who consumed less caffeine. One should keep in mind that, not just coffee, but other items such as soda, teas, and chocolate can contain caffeine as well.

Lose Weight

It is estimated that 70 percent of women diagnosed with infertility are also obese. If you are overweight, one of the most effective things you can do is shed some of those extra pounds. This applies to both men and women. Weight can affect hormones that can disrupt fertility. Weight affects people differently, and so one person who is overweight might have weight-related fertility problems while another much more obese person may not see a decrease in fertility. If you are overweight, fertility can be greatly increased with only a 5 to 10 percent decrease in body weight.

Eat A Healthy Balance Of Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, Proteins, And Dairy Products

Having a healthy body is important when trying to conceive. This means eating a good balance of vitamins and nutrients. People trying to conceive should stay away from fad diets that limit food groups or types of nutrients. If your body is nutrient deficient it is less likely to be accept a pregnancy that will require even more nutrients. One’s levels of calcium, iron, vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin A contribute to fertility in both men and women.

Take A Vitamin Supplement

The best way to get your vitamins and other nutrients is by eating nutrient rich foods – the body is designed to efficiently break down these foods and absorb the nutrients. However, it is sometimes difficult to get an appropriate amount of nutrients every day just from the food that one eats. Both men and women should take a multi-vitamin supplement every day. However, remember that it is just a supplement and not a replacement or substitute for eating healthy foods.