On the whole, keeping healthy, both through exercise and a balanced diet can help your efforts to get pregnant. And, even more than that, these healthy lifestyle choices will also help you and your baby during the pregnancy itself. If you can, try to cut out any caffeine from your diet as much as possible.
Eating for Fertility A key factor in making food choices to improve health and fertility is to eat fruits
and vegetables that are organically grown without pesticides and herbicides which are harmful to your health and the environment.
Red meat should be consumed only once or twice per week, in small portions, and should be lean cuts that are grass fed and organically raised without the hormones, steroids, antibiotics, and contaminants that are used in traditional cattle raising. These chemicals increase the production of estrogen which is harmful to fertility as you want your hormones in balance. White meats such as chicken should be organic and free-range raised to avoid chemicals, steroids, hormones and antibiotics that can prevent proper hormonal balance.
When eating dairy products be sure to choose organic dairy without antibiotics or hormones added. Dairy products naturally contain estrogen which can stimulate the growth of fibroids and endometriosis, so if you have these conditions avoid dairy in general; also avoid dairy if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome. Any fish that you eat should be fresh deep sea species such as Cod, Salmon, Tilapia, and Sole. Farm raised fish such as sea food, sharks, tuna, and salmon can contain toxic levels of dangerous heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Legumes (beans, peanuts) are a food you should eat plenty of since they help regulate sugar levels in your blood, are abundant in fiber, and help reduce problems with polycystic ovarian syndrome. Legumes also contain large amounts of protein and are recommended for a balanced diet.
High fiber consumption is a key factor in a fertility diet as the body uses it to help eliminate unneeded estrogen and reduces glucose levels in the blood. Avoid foods that have been heavily processed, have been genetically modified (GMO), or contain refined white foods such as sugar and white flour. Whole grain pasta and breads made with kamut or spelt flour, amaranth, quinoa, millet,
buckwheat, or brown rice are good choices. If you need a sweetener use honey, stevia, agave nectar, or maple syrup instead of inorganic processed and bleached sugar.
Soy products and beverages should be avoided unless fermented as soy has the same effect as estrogen. Beverages made from brown rice are alright as are fermented soy products like tempeh and miso. Soy should also be avoided during the pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain large concentrations of minerals, vitamins, and enzymes and so drinking fresh juices can drastically increase your chances of becoming pregnant. It can also be beneficial to learn how to make your own juices from fresh vegetables and fruit to ensure the highest quality. Commercially produced fruit and vegetables juices should be avoided as they’re typically pasteurized which destroys the minerals, enzymes, and vitamins. Be sure to drink plenty of filtered water; avoid tap water due to contaminants and chemicals and also avoid bottled water as some plastics leech toxic compounds into the water. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water each day as a guideline.
Dehydration can interrupt normal bodily functions and could have detrimental effects on fertility, hormone production, body temperature regulation, and more. Eat a sufficient amount of essential fatty acids (omega 3, omega 6, and omega 9) by choosing healthy vegetable oils such as coconut oil, flax seed oil, olive oil, and hemp oil.