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2020’s National Nutrition Awareness Month of March

Couple With Healthy Food-12020’s National Nutrition Awareness Month of March is a public service campaign focused on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. We avidly encourage year-round healthy nutrition habits by our patients because they are preparing for pregnancy. Establishing nutritious eating habits prior to getting pregnant will help you achieve a successful pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

National Nutrition Month

Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month is a movement to increase awareness about the importance of:

  • Making informed food choices
  • Developing sound eating habits
  • Establishing good physical activity routines

Nutrition to Boost Fertility

Your level of fertility is greatly increased with a healthy diet and body mass index (BMI). Don't wait until you are pregnant to get serious about a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet and lifestyle before pregnancy will solidify your habits during pregnancy. It is very important to take advantage of the natural resources and tools available to help enhance the fertility treatment and pregnancy experience.

Yes – a healthy fertility diet really does work.  The best nutrition plan promotes whole body health and the best chance of a successful pregnancy. It is a nutrition plan that encourages foods rich in:

  • Healthy Fats
  • Fiber
  • Plant-Based Protein

Best Nutrition for Fertility

According to Harvard Health Publishing, an eight-year study of over 18,000 women was the first comprehensive examination of diet and fertility. It resulted in 10 diet and exercise-based suggestions that seem to be linked to a woman's ability to conceive, including eating a variety of fruits, vegetables and plant proteins.

A good fertility diet is also beneficial for women who suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), since the condition is often linked with being overweight and having insulin resistance.

You should not mistake a fertility diet with a fad diet. Nutrition and physical fitness go hand-in-hand with optimal fertility health.

A healthy daily routine will increase your chances of conceiving and help to support a successful pregnancy.

  • Stop smoking because women who inhale nicotine are more likely to be infertile
  • Recent research suggest vaping harms the lungs and heart
  • Vaping artificial flavors have a toxic effect on reproductive cells
  • Eliminate unhealthy foods in your diet by avoiding processed and fast foods
  • If you are overweight – BMI of 25+ – losing weight will help to increase your fertility
  • Get plenty of sleep to avoid irregular menstrual cycles
  • A lack of sleep leads to weight gain
  • Weight gain leads to ovulation problems
  • You should get at least 8 hours of sleep to increase your fertility

Improving Your Fertility Health

A diet and fertility study has examined the impact of nutrition a woman’s fertility.

  • Folic acid
  • Vitamin B12
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Low-sodium canned or frozen veggies
  • Herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Lemon juice, citrus zest, or hot chilies for extra flavor and no sodium
  • Canned fruits packed in juice or water – not syrup
  • Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
  • Healthy vegetable oils instead of butter
  • Half wheat and half white flour
  • Puree sweet potatoes, carrots, or cauliflower and keep in freezer for easy use in soups and casseroles
  • Instead of alcohol – infuse cranberries, pomegranate arils, or orange slices into sparkling water
  • Plant-based foods
  • Protein-rich foods
  • Healthy fats
  • A bit of full-fat dairy products

Fertility Specialists Promoting Nutrition Awareness

We are a patient-focused fertility care team dedicated to spreading awareness about nutrition in tandem with pregnancy success. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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