Anyone have TTC diet advice?

Momma Of 4 - posted on 05/14/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I have been trying to conceive for 10 cycles now, 9 months. I started taking my prenatals months ago and folic acid as well. I have stopped drinking coffee and pop and am working on my body.

It hasn't been easy because I do have stress in my life. Both of my sisters have turned to me through their rough marriages and my mom is waiting for a lung transplant. It's hard but I would like to continue my own life. I have 1 son who is 3 and 2 step-daughters (9 and 15) but my fiance and I would like one together.

I am not stressing about becoming pregnant anymore.... I'm super focused now on what I can do to better my body before pregnancy.

Any suggestions on work out routines? On diet? Or alternative self help?

I am a Reiki (level 2) practitioner and do yoga (sometimes).... Trying to get back strong into both.

HELP, I realllllly want a baby!

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Monique - posted on 05/15/2012

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Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods by Nina Planck. Great, great book emphasizing whole foods. I guarantee you will learn some eye-opening things about what we are conventionally told to eat and how that is not necessarily helping your fertility! Plus what-to-eat when you're pregnant and what foods are actually best for your baby (protein and quality fat, not carrots and crackers!) until 2 years of age are very helpful as well.
Good luck and God bless!

Katherine - posted on 05/14/2012

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The sooner you start eating well, the more likely you are to get pregnant. For both men and women, food and fertility are linked. You need to stick to a balanced diet to boost your chances of conceiving and of having a healthy baby.

Eat several servings of fruit, vegetables, grains such as whole wheat bread, and calcium-rich foods such as yogurt, cheese, and milk every day. Certain vitamins and nutrients — such as vitamins C and E, zinc, and folic acid — are important for making healthy sperm. Not getting enough nutrients can affect your periods, making it difficult to predict when you ovulate. And you may not ovulate at all if you've lost a drastic amount of weight or are obese.
What to avoid

If your eating habits leave something to be desired — and many people's do — you'll have to make some adjustments. Some solid advice: Cut out or only occasionally drink alcohol. (For non-alcoholic alternatives, see our list of the best virgin drinks). Stop using recreational drugs and, if you smoke, quit. All of these substances and habits can harm a developing fetus.

You may also want to cut back on caffeine. The research on whether caffeine can affect fertility is mixed. Experts generally agree that low to moderate caffeine consumption, less than 300 mg a day or about the equivalent of three cups of coffee, won't affect your fertility, but your doctor may recommend that you cut caffeine out entirely to play it safe. Learn more about caffeine and fertility.

Although fish is generally very healthy, certain types are high in mercury, which can be dangerous to your unborn baby. Because mercury can accumulate in your body and linger there for more than a year, it's best to avoid high-mercury fish such as shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish while you're trying to conceive. Instead, eat lower-mercury fish such as salmon and canned light tuna once or twice a week. Read more on eating fish while trying to conceive.

Processed meats should be consumed in small amounts, and smoked or raw meats should be avoided entirely during pregnancy. Even hot dogs or deli meats should be heated until they are steaming before you eat them if you are pregnant.

Shedding some pounds, or gaining a few if you're underweight, while you're attempting to get pregnant is a good idea, since you want to be as close as possible to your recommended weight when you conceive. Being over- or underweight can make it harder to get pregnant. Also, overweight women have more pregnancy and birth complications, and underweight women are more likely to have a low-birth-weight baby.

Use our calculator to figure out if you should lose or gain weight.

While you're following a smart eating plan with low-fat, high-fiber foods, start or increase an exercise routine. If you're overweight, aim to lose one to two pounds a week, a safe rate of weight loss. Extreme weight loss from crash dieting can deplete your body's nutritional stores, which isn't a good way to start a pregnancy.

Also you know the other things to do, as far as sex goes......try meditating, you may THINK you're not stressing but I bet you are. Subconsciously.

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Momma Of 4 - posted on 05/14/2012

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Great advice. I have quit caffine.. and quit smoking October 17. I will use the calculator and meditate while doing yoga tonight!!

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