Just as essential as putting the right foods in your mouth for fertility, it’s also equally important to avoid some foods while trying to improve fertility. The list below points out some of the more common foods that women trying to increase their fertility and get pregnant should avoid.
Watch Your Seafood and Fish Intake
Fish and seafood in general can carry high amounts of mercury. Mercury has been known to cause serious birth defects so staying away is essential in your efforts to get pregnant. If you are a huge seafood and fish eater, consult with your doctor to see what types of fish and seafood you should be eating. Tuna is most always a no-no.
Stay Away From Processed Foods
Processed foods such as sugar and refined flour provide no nutritional value for you or your baby. When trying to improve your fertility, you need to make sure your body is getting the right amount of calories and from the right sources such as fruits and vegetables. Read, Best Fertility Foods When Trying To Get Pregnant, to see the types of foods you should be focusing on.
Cut Out Caffeine
This means either cut WAY down on coffee, tea and soft drinks or totally cut them out of your diet. Decaf is fine. Caffeine can interfere with conception and can also affect the fetus and cause miscarriage. If you do need your cup of morning joe, drink no more than 2, five ounce cups per day.
No More Alcohol
This should be a no-brainer but you’ll need to cut out alcoholic beverages. When trying to increase your fertility alcohol consumption can cause numerous ovulatory dysfunctions. If you suffer from anovuation, you should completely stay away from alcohol. Drinking alcohol while pregnant can also increase the risk for spontaneous abortion as well as impair fetal growth and development.
Avoid Unpasteurized Cheese
“For years, the federal agency has warned pregnant women to eat hard cheeses only. The reason: Risk of food poisoning from Listeria, a common bug that can be deadly for unborn babies. Soft cheeses and precooked meats such as hot dogs and deli meats often harbor the germ. But now, the FDA says, new data show that Listeria lurks only in unpasteurized feta, Brie, Camembert, queso blanco, queso fresco, blue cheeses, and other soft cheeses. Those made from pasteurized milk are OK.”
In general, avoid any unpasteurized products including cheese, milk or other dairy products to help prevent Listeria poisoning. Here are a few other things you can do to minimize the risk of Listeria poisoning:
- Keep your fridge temperature to 40F or lower
- Avoid hot dogs and luncheon meats
- Stay away from canned refrigerated meat spreads
- Steer away from refrigerated smoked seafood labeled nova-style, kippered, lox, smoked or jerky
- Do not drink raw milk or any unpasteurized milk product
Cut Out Fast Foods
Fast foods are very high in saturated fats, trans fats, sodium and cholesterol which can be a major cause of infertility due to obesity. Your body needs quality foods rich in nutrients so make sure you are feeding it properly.
Avoid Aspartame and Other Artificial Sweeteners
You have to watch these because they are in so many food these days. If you NEED your artificial sweetener for your cup of decaf tea, opt for something with more nutritional value such as Agave Syrup.
Your fertility depends on the foods you eat. Eating healthy is one of the easiest things you can do that is in your power and can play a huge factor in your overall fertility. Get in a routine of eating foods that are good for fertility and good for your body. It will become a habit and you will think nothing of it. You will thank yourself and so will your baby.