Trying for a baby? Put these superfoods in your shopping trolley...
A better diet and lifestyle could improve your fertility by as much as 50 per cent, so there’s no better time to give your diet an overhaul. Making some healthy tweaks can supply your body with fertility-boosting nutrients and ensure you’re stocked up on the essential vitamins and minerals you need to grow a baby. Make sure you have a generally balanced diet, high in fruit and veg and low in fat and sugar. And add these...
Excess caffeine can delay ovulation, so ditch the latte in favour of green tea. While it does contain some caffeine, it has much less than coffee, and is packed with antioxidants, important for the health of all your body’s cells (antioxidants have also been shown to help improve male subfertility, so swap his coffee for green tea too).
It’s a great source of essential fatty acids, which can help balance hormones and nourish all the cells in your body. Plus it’s rich in protein, and a recent American study found a diet high in protein tends to result in better quality eggs and sperm. Aim for two weekly servings of oily fish, but no more than that, as it can contain toxins.
It’s loaded with folic acid, which is essential in early pregnancy for preventing neural tube defects (you should still take a supplement, though). Heap broccoli onto your man’s plate, too – in a recent study, men with high intakes of folic acid were shown to have healthier sperm.
But it’s got to be the full-fat version. Why? Women who have at least one daily portion of full-fat dairy reduce their risk of infertility by more than 25 per cent. The fat in dairy is thought to play a role in ovarian function.
Vitamin D is thought to play a role in fertility, and eggs are a dietary source. They also contain vitamin B12, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects alongside folic acid. For a low-fat approach, opt for scrambled, poached or boiled rather than fried.
Packed with antioxidants, which help your body deal with toxins and supercharge the health of all your body’s cells. And there’s some evidence antioxidant vitamins may help improve fertility in both men and women. If you’re not a fan, try other berries, such as raspberries and blueberries, which are all rich in antioxidants.