Can’t wait to have a baby? Start loading up on these 8 nutrients to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
- Folic Acid or Vitamin B9 - Essential for the healthy development of your unborn child’s brain and nervous system. Foods rich in folic acid include spinach, broccoli, asparagus, kidney beans, lentils, corn, oatmeal, orange, eggs, as well as fortified breads and cereals.
- Vitamin B12 - Equally essential for a healthy nervous system. Found in meat and dairy products. Non-animal sources include fortified soy milk and cereals.
- Calcium - Builds strong bones and teeth in you and your baby. Get your daily calcium needs from dairy products, fortified soy products and orange juice, leafy greens, salmon and sardine, sesame seeds, almonds and dried figs.
- Iron - For a sound immune system and healthy blood production. Eat lots of lean red meat, shellfish, dark green leafy vegetables, raisins, prunes and wholemeal bread. On a side note, Vitamin C helps you to absorb iron from non-animal sources, so make sure you have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
- DHA - This omega-three fatty acid is crucial for the normal development of the brain and nervous system. Good sources include fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel.
- Zinc - Keeps up your fertility and ensures healthy eggs, builds body protein and creates DNA. Find it in roast beef, lamb, crab, peanuts, cocoa and roasted pumpkin seeds.
- Vitamin D - Helps in calcium absorption and is required for the healthy functions of the body. Get it from fortified dairy products, cod liver oil, egg yolk and exposure to sunlight.
- Protein - Necessary for normal growth and repair as it is the basic building block of the cells in our body. Choose from many sources including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, shellfish, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products.
To improve your body’s nutritional level, avoid skipping meals and try to reduce your intake of foods containing high levels of sugar and fat.
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