When you’re trying for a baby every little life change counts: the amount of exercise and sleep you get, the timing of your attempts to conceive, but especially what you eat. Eating the right foods at the right times in your cycle can significantly raise your conception odds.
When you have your period, eat fish, beans, and leafy greens. When you are menstruating, it may be tempting to give in to your cravings. Your body hurts and your feelings hurt because this means another month not pregnant. Yet, this critical time in your cycle is when you should be watching your nutrients the closest. Your body is losing iron, which is a critical nutrient in conception, so you should be replacing it as effectively as you can. At the same time, getting enough vitamin C will help your body absorb this iron and use it well.
In the follicular stage, while your body prepares to drop an egg, broccoli, avocado and cashews are your best friends. These foods contain a nutrient that helps balance and stabilize your estrogen levels. They are also high in vitamin E which becomes the fluid your precious egg is held in.
During ovulation, the most important thing you should be consuming is water. Water is essential in getting your hormones and nutrients where they need to be. Being hydrated also thins your cervical mucus so you have a better change of conception. Other foods you should be eating include fish or fish oil, which has important fatty acids and also raises testosterone so you can become aroused more easily. You should also load up a plate of oysters, as they are an aphrodisiac, and also have a remarkable amount of zinc. Zinc is thought to help with cell division and is one of the main ingredients in prenatal vitamins for this reason.
After ovulation, your main goal is to make the environment right for the pregnancy to stick. Soups and other body-warming foods are a good way to do this. At the same time, Beta-carotene in yellow and orange foods like carrots and pineapple balance your hormones to prevent complications. On top of that, pineapple may support implantation due to its mild anti-inflammatory qualities.
What you don’t eat and drink is just as important as what you do. Avoid alcohol and caffeine throughout the process. Both of these can alter your hormones, make your cervical mucus more hostile, and dehydrate you.
Your body is a wonderful thing. It will forgive the little slip ups that are bound to happen, but you should still take the time and effort to nurture it. These foods at these times are proven to help you conceive, so nurture yourself, and you’ll nurture your baby.