Much advice is given about what to eat while you are pregnant. Even more advice can be found for what to avoid while you are pregnant. But what should you eat if you want to improve your fertility?
It’s important to eat the balanced diet you’ve discussed with your
doctor, but here are some of our favorite nutrient-rich super foods that
will nourish both your body and your baby.
The first five years of a 10-year double blind study from the University
of Kansas are complete and researchers are reporting a positive benefit
of taking DHA during pregnancy.
Research finds a new reason why adequate DHA intake is important during pregnancy.
According to the study published in the Journal of Clinical
Endocrinology & Metabolism, women who consume more polyunsaturated
fats given birth to heavier infants.
Most women know that good nutrition can increase chances of becoming
pregnant, but there’s another half of the fertility equation that
frequently gets overlooked. That half has to do with the male: 30 - 50%
of infertility are attributed to sperm issues.
Saturated fats have been shown to reduce the number of mature eggs (oocytes) for harvesting before IVF treatment.
Researchers and doctors have been looking into the possible protective
nature of DHA and other omega 3 fatty acids when taken late in
pregnancy. Recently, a study was completed by researchers out of Adelaide University in Australia.
DHA or docosahexaenoic acid is an omega 3 fatty acid typically found in
fish oil. With all the warnings about reducing fish intake during
pregnancy, many women choose to skip fish all together; unfortunately that may mean missing out on important omega 3 fatty acids.
A mother's breast milk is perfect in every way and can provide all
the nutrition her baby needs for more than a year. When a new mother cannot or chooses not to breastfeed, infant formula is the alternative.
All you have to do is feed your child more fish and their IQ will go through the roof – well, not exactly.
Researchers at the University of Granada have concluded that farm-raised
salmon, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, can be safely consumed two times a
week by pregnant women.
Ahh, the superfood. According to some reports, superfoods will decrease
your risk of cancer, improve overall health, help you maintain a healthy
weight or lose weight and live a longer, happier life.
Fish is a food that many pregnant women avoid due to potential mercury content. Consumption of fish during pregnancy may positively impact cognitive development and social prowess.
The higher a woman's intake of trans fats (chemically produced fats that are not beneficial to health) during the second trimester of pregnancy, the larger her newborn.
New research is emerging from the growing field of nutricosmetics which
shows that one way you can stay looking your best while pregnant is by
Two essential omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil, EPA
(eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid) are extremely
important during pregnancy, but can extra supplementation beyond diet
increase a child’s intelligence?
For many years, adding fat in our diets has gotten a bad rap. While it
is true that eating an overabundance of fatty foods is a major cause of
heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more, recent research sheds a new
light of the whole fat picture.
There are plenty of foods that can help you become more fertile if you
are trying to conceive. The good news is that you don’t have to give up
your favorite foods for this New Year's resolution; you just have to
choose a little more wisely.
The nutrients inside breast milk do wonders for the baby’s immune system
and brain. This is why it’s important for mothers to take Omega-3
vitamins during pregnancy and after.
A recent study published in Pediatrics links omega 3 fatty acids to infant health. According to the study but researchers at Emory University, DHA and other sources of omega 3 fatty acids, lessen the risk of infant illness.
When a woman is pregnant with multiples, like twins, she may be asked to eat more food or increase calorie intake to accommodate the extra fetus(es). A twin pregnancy diet requires very small, protein-rich meals eaten every two hours throughout the day.
Supplementation, or fortification, refers to the process of adding vitamins, nutrients and even Omega 3s to a food that does not naturally have these items.
Children can use Omega 3s in much the same manner as adults. While the majority of the population thinks of supplementation as an adult choice, children who are regularly supplemented with Omega 3s exhibit many of the same positive health benefits.
Researchers are pounding the pavement in regards to the health benefits associated with Omega 3 fatty acids.
There are some foods that are rich in Omega 3s because they are a natural source of the oil. Other foods are fortified with DHA and EPA.
Omega 3s are used by the brain and in the growth and development of the body and they are especially important before and during pregnancy. The inflammatory properties of these healthy fats is the main function in the body.
Eating omega-3-rich seafood may be a mood-lifter for women who are feeling depressed during pregnancy, suggests a study of British women.
The best prenatal vitamin contains the right amount of all essential vitamins.