Eating and Moving to Support Fertility
Over the last few years, research has found a link between food and movement with fertility. Both of these things can have a profound impact on just how fertile a woman's body can be. Let's take a deeper dive.
Diet And Fertility
Your body requires lots of nutrients to create a new life. Diet greatly affects fertility through the process of ovulation. Many cases of infertility are tied with ovulation problems, i.e. you want to ovulate successfully then your hormones will need to function adequately. Hence, why and how the food you eat can balance/imbalance your hormones.
Research done by Harvard Medical School revealed a few nutrients and vitamins that improved fertility. These include:
Vitamin B12 - helps prevent spina bifida and other spinal and central nervous system birth defects
Folate NOT Folic Acid - is very important because it helps form the neural tube
Omega-3 Fatty Acids - improves egg quality and embryo development
Adversely, an unhealthy diet that consists of sugary beverages, potatoes, red and processed meat, and sweets has proven to hurt fertility. Consider keeping your sugar and trans-fat intake to a minimum to decrease inflammation in the body.
Here are some healthy food ideas to support your fertility journey:
Breakfast: Organic Eggs, Yogurt with berries, few slices of your favorite fruit
Lunch: Chicken salad with leafy greens and avocado. Leafy greens are great for detoxing.
Dinner: Salmon with a side of vegetables and mushroom sauce
Snacks: Boiled eggs, celery, carrots and cheese, and apple with almond butter.
Movement And Fertility
Many women believe that exercising might hurt your chances of conceiving or the baby in general if you're already pregnant. This couldn't be further from the truth. Moderate exercise (as approved by your doctor) is just as important as having the right diet.
Research has shown that exercising during pregnancy reduces the risk of health problems such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. Apart from that, pregnant women are also at a higher risk for anxiety and depression. The idea is to stay active so both you and your baby can be healthy during and after pregnancy.
Exercising can boost mood and reduce the risk of developing stress, depression, and anxiety. Even during pregnancy, it is recommended to get thirty minutes of exercise. This isn't time for double-days of boot camp. Find ways you enjoy to move, this can be anything like cycling, yoga, walking or dancing.
It is important to support fertility and pregnancy so that you can have a smooth experience. Remember, what you do during your pregnancy can have long-term effects on your child. So, eat whole real foods, get thirty minutes of exercise every day, and don't forget to rest. After all, if you don't support your pregnancy then who will?