Eat your way to pregnancy
One-in-three couples now has trouble conceiving, with one-in- seven forced to seek medical help.
And at least a quarter of all pregnant women miscarry.
But with misleading information all over the Internet and well- meaning friends and family full of anecdotal advice, it can be hard to know where to turn.
Dr Marilyn Glenville, President of the Royal Society Of Medicine and the UK’s leading expert in woman’s health, has put together a simple guide called Getting Pregnant Faster . Here are some of its tips:
Food and Fertility:
“Clean up your diet and eat as naturally as possible,” she recommends.
“Also try to eat as organically as you can and use natural skincare products in order to avoid xeno-oestrogens – or ‘gender- bender’ chemicals – which come in to the body from the plastics and pesticide industry.
“They could have a negative effect on male fertility and may also increase the incidence of fibroids and endometriosis in women.”
A healthy, nutrient-rich, balanced diet in the preconception period will not only boost your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby, it will also keep your blood sugar levels in balance and your weight under control, according to Marilyn.
“If your blood sugar is not balanced, or if you are under or overweight, the reproductive hormones which control your fertility will not work properly,” she says.
“A healthy, well-balanced diet of fresh, whole foods is therefore the cornerstone of my fertility-boosting plan.”
“For both men and women, zinc is right at the top of my list.
Not only does it improve sperm count in men, it also makes the head of the sperm harder and has a direct effect on sex hormones in both sexes,” Marilyn says.
“I would also add some vitamin C because it’s an antioxidant. It can help prevent DNA damage which affects chromosomes and could increase the risk of miscarriage or damaged sperm.
“For men, I’d recommend amino acids for sperm maturity, and the co-enzyme Q10 which helps to power the sperm along.”