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What You Should Eat, And What Not, While Trying To Conceive!

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Your diet in pre-conception days matters as much as it does when you are pregnant. Here are the thing that you should and should not eat while trying to conceive to make sure a healthy pregnancy.

Leafy Greens
Greens vegetables such as spinach, swiss chard and kale are great source of folate. Folate is a key B vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects during the early stages of fetal development.

Milk
Milk is a great source of calcium which is crucial for the developing skeleton of the fetus. If you are not a fan of dairy, there are many non-dairy foods that are rich in calcium such as fish, tofu, kale, broccoli, legumes, and fortified foods.

Abstain From Alcohol
If you are planning to get pregnant, you should be abstain from alcohol intake. Why? The early stages of pregnancy are most critical and crucial in fetal development. Your baby’s nervous system begins developing even before you miss your first period. Alcohol is the leading cause of mental and physical defects in the US.

Raspberries
Raspberries, blueberries and strawberries are more than a tasty treat during and before pregnancy. They are power-packed with phytonutrients that help fight disease. They also contain vitamin C that strengthen your membranes. One study found that women with a diet low in vitamin C are at the increased risks of pre-term delivery.

Yogurt
It contains probiotics that help to boost your immune system. During pregnancy, your body naturally suppresses the immune system to protect the baby. Look for “live active cultures” on the label to make sure that your yogurt has antibiotics.

Say no to non-pasteurized milk or cheese.
Soft cheese like Brie, feta and blue cheese may cause an infection that is called listeria. Listeria primarily affects adults and pregnant women and causes miscarriage, stillbirth and many other serious health problems.

Oysters
Oyster contain high level of zinc that is vital for sexual growth and maturation in both men and women. The deficiency of zinc may hurt male and female fertility, hinder growth and development, and delay sexual maturation. Men need to consume 11mg a day and the recommended amount of zinc is 8mg a day for women.

Stay Away from shark, king mackerel, swordfish and tilefish.
These foods have highest concentration of mercury which can be harmful for your unborn baby. The United states Environmental Protection Agency warns women who are trying to conceive against eating these fish. You can eat two 6-ounce servings of low-mercury fish such as wild salmon, tilapia and chunk light tuna. Make sure to cook fresh fish to minimize the risk of bacterial exposure.

 

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