Sometimes, when future dads and moms decide it is time to have children to fill their homes with greater love, they find out that it may not be that quick and end up becoming even more anxious.
However, there are some tips to help them increase their chances of having a baby. One of them, and quite a simple one, is dieting. Having a good diet directly influences women’s fertility.
What can disrupt
At an interview to newspaper A Gazeta, Gynecologist and human reproduction expert Fernanda Rodrigues explained that: “When a couple is planning to have a baby, the most important thing is to follow a fertility prevention procedure, which starts with healthy lifestyle habits. The consumption of alcoholic beverages, smoking, drug use, some medicines, and especially obesity can be considered obstacles to fertility.”
According to that expert, keeping a healthy diet and weight is crucial, considering the majority of obese women do not ovulate, that is, they stop menstruating for long periods of time. By reducing weight, the hormonal cycle is regulated. And that also applies to men, since half of the genetic load in an embryo comes from them, and obesity might hinder sperm formation and quality.
A diet of fruits and vegetables can help
Recently, a survey undertaken with 1,134 people, with a third of them being classified as infertile, and two thirds who had recently had a baby, revealed that diets rich in fruits and vegetables are directly linked to high fertility levels.
All subjects answered to questionnaires on their diet and the result showed that 44% of fertile men used to eat fruits and vegetables every day, in addition to including eggs in their diet. Those moms who had had children also kept a healthy diet.
For future moms
According to the main author of that study, Andrea Salonia, a researcher at Hospital San Raffaele, in Milan, iron, folic acid and vitamin B12, found in nuts, legumes and beans, are very important for the developmentof ovules.
For future dads
As for the future dads, they are encouraged to eat fruits and vegetables, which have compounds that “protect” the sperm, in addition to zinc and selenium, found in beans and beef, and in eggs, respectively, which help raise testosterone levels – claimed that expert in a news article published in Veja Magazine.
Below, we have included other tips for you. Having a healthy diet helps a lot, especially because after the baby has finally arrived, it will receive beautiful lessons from its parents.
Folic acid – found in beans, spinach, liver, fish, eggs and dairy products, it is an essential substance in the diet of every woman, especially during pregnancy. And that because it influences the formation of a baby’s central nervous system.
Iron – also found in dark green vegetables and legumes, in addition to meat, it helps the formation of red blood cells, which, on their turn, improve blood circulation and consequently ovulation.
Lycopene – it helps regulate the menstrual cycle and may be found in fruits such as tomato, kaki, Suriname cherry, red guava, watermelon and strawberry.
Vitamin E – in order to enhance the functions of the uterus and the endometrium (a membrane lining the uterine wall), it is necessary to include vitamin E in the diet. For men, it also helps boost sperm quality. This vitamin may be found in vegetable oils, soy, whole grains, oilseeds (chestnuts, nuts, almonds, among others), kale, watercress and olives.
Omega-3 and -6 – also found in oilseeds, in addition to fish (such as salmon, tuna and sardine), linseed and olive oil, they have an anti-inflammatory action, protecting the female reproductive system.
Things to keep away from your dish: hamburgers, pizzas, lasagnas and other industrialized and ready for consumption products, such as frozen food, should be avoided as much as possible. They are rich in sodium and do not have vitamins, minerals, nor antioxidants, deemed important to boost fertility levels. Also avoid an excessive consumption of salt and dressings ready for consumption, because they increase liquid retention and impair blood circulation.