It's a fact: If you watch your weight and closely follow a Mediterranean-style diet high in vegetables, vegetable oils, fish and beans then you may increase your chance of becoming pregnant.
One in 3 cases of female infertility is due to weight issues, either being overweight or underweight. Both weight issues cause shifts in hormones, which can affect ovulation. Reducing weight by even 5 percent can enhance fertility.
Here are some nutritional tips to improve your fertility and your chances getting pregnant:
- Take a regular pregnancy multivitamin supplement
- Reduce intake of foods with trans and saturated fats while increasing intake of monounsaturated fats, such as avocados and olive oil
- Add more vegetable protein to your diet and lower intake of animal protein
- Add more fiber to your diet by consuming whole grains, vegetables and fruit
- Incorporate more vegetarian sources of iron such as legumes, tofu, nuts, seeds and whole grains
- Consume high-fat dairy instead of low-fat dairy
Approximately one-half of infertility issues are attributed to men. Among them is low sperm count and poor sperm motility, which are common in overweight and obese men. Men who are looking to have a baby should also maintain a healthy body weight and consume a balanced diet, because male obesity may affect fertility by altering testosterone and other hormone levels.