Diet & Nutrition
Updated on 4 April 2023
Obstetrician & Gynecologist - MBBS| DGO
Preconception nutrition plays a vital role in preparing your body for a healthy pregnancy because most of the pregnancies are unplanned. If your body weight, height, eating habits, workout routine, and lifestyle are not healthy and balanced then these substances can hinder fertility in both men and women. Amid busy life focusing on health can be a neglected topic however if you want to improve your chances of getting pregnant and conceive faster then it’s important to eat healthy foods and follow a healthy lifestyle.
Your poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and intake of supplements can lead to hormonal imbalance which hinders the process of conception. All the experts across the globe agree that a woman should be healthier before getting pregnant and for that, you need to focus on preconception nutrition at least 3 months before planning of conception. Do not hum and haw to consult a doctor about preconception health if you are planning to conceive.
Here are some things you should consult your physician about while preparing for conception:
Many people don’t eat a balanced diet or invest ample time in exercising therefore they lack proper nutritional status which is much needed before bringing a new life into this world. We have listed a few suggestions that you must keep in mind before beginning preconception care.
Here are some important nutrients to include in your preconception diet:
It improves fertility in both men and women, improves the sperm count and quality, and lowers the risk of neural tube defects in a baby. You can consume cereals (oats, wheat, rice, barley, and cornmeal), legumes (soybean, rajma), green leafy vegetables (beans, spinach, Methi, broccoli, spring onion, cabbage), and citrus fruits like grapes, lemons, and orange).
It helps in ovulation and for that, you can consume cheese, tofu, milk, fish, peas, curd, and paneer.
The deficiency of iron can lead to anemia and miscarriage and to avoid this you must consume sunflower seeds, pumpkin, tofu, fortified cereals, spinach, and soybean.
By consuming chia seeds, walnuts, flax seeds, almonds, dates, and pistachios you can lower the levels of stress because these miraculous nuts and seeds provide immense energy to your body.
It helps in lowering stress levels and remove free radicals because they are high in antioxidants. It also protects your body from viral and bacterial infections. You can consume strawberry, orange, sweet lime, grapes, apple, capsicum, sprouts whole, cabbage, and Brussel sprouts.
Alcohol, cigarettes, canned foods, aerated beverages, artificial sweeteners, second-hand smoke, recreational drugs, caffeine, processed foods and drinks, junk foods, oily and sugary foods. Consumption of such things will increase your weight and hinders the fertilization process.
Before embracing motherhood and preparing your body for pregnancy you can follow these dietary tips:
You can also adopt a healthier lifestyle with Mylo Preconception Care Routine which includes workout, naturopathy and mindfulness sessions along with expert consultations. This holistic approach can help you improve metabolic health, regulate periods, maintain hormonal imbalance and boost your chances of conception.
You can consult a certified nutritionist before you decide to conceive. A healthy lifestyle with a nutritional dietary plan along with physical activities will ensure a happy, healthy, and safe pregnancy.
1. Stephenson J, Heslehurst N, Hall J. (2018). Before the beginning: nutrition and lifestyle in the preconception period and its importance for future health. NCBI
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