It is recommended to choose the right diet for everyone, but when it comes to fertility, does the diet make a difference?
Well, it is common to see that pregnant women avoid some foods in their diet while pregnant.
At the same time, it is common practice to change eating habits to include certain types of nutrients when you are trying or having difficulty to conceive.
Most people attribute infertility to age or medical conditions but it is actually a fact that lifestyle foods, weight, smoking, or alcohol intake also have a direct effect on fertility.
A new study on the effect of diet on fertility has shown that for women trying to get pregnant naturally, the following elements in food have a positive effect:
- folic acid
- vitamin B12
- omega-3 fatty acids
In addition, antioxidants, vitamin D, dairy products, soy, caffeine, and alcohol did not have a noticeable effect.
On the other hand, so-called “fast foods” such as processed meats, potatoes, sweets, and beverages were associated with reduced fertility.
Experiments on the male diet have shown such an effect on the quality of semen. Surprisingly, the effects of alcohol and caffeine appeared to be less. Nevertheless, semen quality is not the only predictor for this.
What you include in your diet affects your levels of energy, the quality of sleep, how you feel, and much more.
Eating habits have an effect on controlling some medical conditions, stress levels, and hormones. Therefore, it may affect your fertility.
A woman who eats properly, and has a normal menstrual cycle and optimal weight, does not need to worry too much about it.
An OB-GYN and fertility specialist Dr. Shivani Bhutani explains that prenatal vitamin intake can be helpful in conception when planning a pregnancy.
Diet, PCOS, and Pregnancy
Polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is a common medical condition that directly affects the fertility of a woman.
Women with PCOS typically have irregular periods, polycystic ovaries, and/or hormonal imbalances. Such women struggle to conceive.
Studies have proved that PCOS symptoms can be eradicated by reducing body weight. It regulates periods and increases the chances of pregnancy.