Diet can affect fertility. Studies have shown that certain foods promote ovulation, others rather fertilization and conception. Reviewing your diet can therefore change the situation. You should know that each year in France, one in eight couples consults for fertility problems.
Foods that promote ovulation
It is advisable to take slow carbohydrates, to prefer whole or semi-whole bread, rice and pasta. Fast sugars cause insulin spikes in the blood which, if they are too frequent, promote ovulation disorders.
Vegetable proteins are also preferred. Red meat in particular contains pro-inflammatory molecules. You can make vegetarian meals several times a week by replacing the meat with legumes – lentils, red beans… – combined with cereals, such as rice, or semolina.
Finally, to reduce the risk of infertility linked to ovulation, it is also important not to lack iron. It is found in animal products, meat, shellfish… but also in leafy vegetables such as spinach or watercress.
Foods promote fertilization Foods rich in omega-3, such as oily fish -sardines, mackerel…- and rapeseed oil, having an anti-inflammatory action, promote fertilization. The same is true of fruits and vegetables. A study has shown that they increase the success of in vitro fertilization.
In contrast, the consumption of ultra-processed foods should be limited. They contain trans fatty acids that cause a latent inflammatory state, which reduces the chances of fertilization.
The same is advised for men. Whole grains, fish rich in omega-3, fruits and vegetables also improve sperm quality.
Make sure you have enough vitamin B9
You must have a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, with sufficient intake of vitamin B9, also called folic acid. This vitamin is essential for the proper development of the foetus.
A vitamin B9 deficiency in pregnant women can lead to malformations in the unborn baby. Moreover, supplementation is recommended even before pregnancy, as soon as you plan to have a child.
We find vitamin B9 in salad, cabbage, spinach, liver, poultry offal, eggs, nuts and almonds.
Girl or boy diet: can you influence the sex of your future baby?
At the end of the 1970s, a gynecologist developed a diet that was supposed to increase the chances of having a boy or a girl. Depending on their acidity, foods would be more conducive to girl or boy sperm.
In recent years, we talk about it again, but the effectiveness of this diet has not been demonstrated. And he can even unbalance the diet by recommending to eat this or that food. Avoid therefore.