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Do You Want to Get Pregnant? Avoid These 8 Foods

 

 


You want to get pregnant, don’t you?

Are you one of those who think women who struggle with getting pregnant must have either aborted pregnancy at least once or have a hereditary issue? Well, it’s high time you increase your knowledge about fertility through this article.

 Additional research shows that anti-fertility foods can also mess with your fertility. Inasmuch as there are foods that boost fertility, foods that ruin it also exist, including those that can harm the fetus.  

 If you are planning to be a mom in the future, strike these foods off your grocery list or keep them to a minimum:

1.      Eating mercury-rich seafood

Eating mercury-rich fish such as swordfish and tuna is bad for your fertility or pregnancy plan.

You don’t want your chances of conception reduced or the fetus harmed by stores of mercury build-up in your body. The impact can also handicap the development of your baby’s nervous system, says Suzanne Fisher, a registered dietitian.

2.      Refined Carbohydrates (soft drinks)

Many of us especially Christians are in love with sugar-sweetened beverages unaware that it is bad for fertility and general health.

Refined carbohydrates release sugars into your bloodstream which provokes your pancreas to rapidly release the hormone insulin. This conditions the female body to produce testosterone, causing hormone imbalance which affects ovulation.

Many soft drinks are in containers made of BPA and other dangerous chemicals you might want to avoid.

Go for complex carbohydrates such as veggies, beans, citrus fruits, berries, whole grains and plain water to achieve ultimate ovulation.

3.      Trans fats

Are you a fan of processed or fried foods, microwave popcorns, baked foods, all types of chips and margarine? Say goodbye to them because they contain trans fats, also called damaged, hydrogenated, or partly hydrogenated fats. They cause inflammation and insulin resistance, thus lowering your chances of getting pregnant.

Excess trans fats can damage your blood vessels, disrupting nutrient supply to your reproductive system and decreasing sperm count and quality in men.

So, stick to a diet that’s rich in monounsaturated fats such as avocados, peanuts, olive oil, and organic, free-range poultry.

4.      Excess alcohol

According to recommendations from the CDC, any woman planning to get pregnant should avoid alcohol entirely. Like mercury, alcohol can contribute to infertility by draining vitamin B from your body; a vitamin that boosts fertility and fetus development.

5.      Low-fat dairy

In one extensive study published in the journal Human Reproduction, women who consume two or more low-fat dairy products daily reduced their chances of conceiving.

Good examples of low-fat dairy are low-fat milk and yogurt. They may contain male hormones called androgens which remain after fats get removed. A female body that receives androgens develops menstrual cycle issues.

6.      Raw animal products

You don’t want to eat any raw animal products or seafood or even eggs. They are likely to contain bacteria like salmonella, coliform, or toxoplasmosis that can infect a fetus when it passes via your placenta, says Fisher.

Only eat thoroughly cooked animal products. So, avoid sushi, carpaccios, etc.

7.      Unpasteurized soft cheeses

Fisher also adds that cheeses such as Roquefort, Brie, Gorgonzola and Camembert are likely to contain listeria. Avoiding listeria reduces your risk of miscarriage.

8.      Deli, red and processed meat

No matter how delicious you find deli, red or processed meat, skip it to up your chances of getting pregnant. Avoid processed meat such as hot dogs, lunch meat, beef, bacon and even smoked fish as they may be contaminated by listeria. Fisher recommends that if you must eat deli meat, heat it to a steaming point to kill bacteria.

One study revealed that men who eat processed meat in large amounts hard lower sperm count, quality and motility.

In addition to taking a healthy diet, you can also boost your fertility by embracing lifestyle habits that support your general health such as getting enough sleep, engaging in moderate physical activity, not smoking, managing your stress  and taking prenatal multivitamins

 

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