If your’e trying to get pregnant, consuming the right foods and having the right lifestyle can DRAMATICALLY improve you’re chances of conceiving. I’ve seen it happen time and time again and I am also speaking from personal experience!
Firstly, we must make sure that we are consuming a wide range of FRUITS & VEGETABLES, at least 8 servings per day. This ensures that we are ingesting a wide range of macro and micronutrients which will promote a healthy growing baby and (note for a better word) a more ‘welcoming’ womb.
Here are 10 superfoods that give the most bang for the buck
Rich in essential fatty acids (EFA) and magnesium. Avocados are good for eye health and nutrient absorption.
Mint Chocolate Avocado Fudge by Nest & Glow
Contains antioxidants that helps to restore and repair cells. Because of their high levels of Vitamin C, they also help with the absorption of iron
Winter Berry Scones by Healthy Living James
High in vitamin A, essential for keeping eyes healthy. Also protects against disease and cancer.
Shredded BBQ Carrots by Veganosity
Contains the essential nutrient folic acid which is needed for the healthy development of a growing featus
Dairy Free Mac N Cheese with black pepper & broccoli by A Virtual Vegan
Part of the B Complex vitamins which releases energy from carbohydrates. They are also high in fiber, protein and magnesium.
Omega Boost beetroot & blackcurrant energy bars Vegetarian & Vegan by The Veg space
Tahini (ground sesame seeds) are a rich source of calcium. Calcium needs increase when pregnant so it is important to ensure adequate levels are met. Avoid animal dairy (EG Cows milk) as it contains harmful hormone disrupters and has been shown to leach calcium from the body
Easy No – Oil Hummus Recipe (Clean Eating, Dairy Free)
Promotes brain health in infants. Acts a natural detoxifier and is rich in vitamins A and C
Curried Cauliflower Rice Kale Soup (Paleo, Vegan Friendly) by Cotter Crunch
#8 BRAZIL NUTS
High in selenium which is an antioxidant that boosts fertility and immunity
Mango & Brazil Nut Granola by Deliciously Ella
Because of the increase in blood plasma during pregnancy an increase of iron is needed in the diet. There are 2 types of iron, heme (animal sources) and non-heme (plant sources).
Lentil Cottage Pie Gluten free & Vegan by Trinities Healthy Kitchen
Heme iron, the type found predominantly in blood and muscle, is absorbed better than the non-heme iron that predominates in plants, but may increase the risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome (Dr Michael Gregor)
This gluten free grain is high in protein and contains all amino acids which are often missing from plant proteins. Quinoa boosts energy and supports bone and brain health
Crunchy Thai Peanut & Quinoa Salad by Cookie & Kate
A lot of people make the mistake of only changing their diet WHEN they get pregnant but its equally as important to eat the best foods before you try to conceive.
Its also essential that you take a good quality, preferably food based multivitamin designed for conceiving and pregnancy
Need more ideas? Follow this sample meal plan
Oats and raspberries with chopped brazil nuts
Roasted broccoli and carrot with quinoa with lemon tahini dressing
Lentil dahl, brown rice and sautéed spinach
Avocado chocolate mousse
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