Things to Avoid
Foods to avoid are products containing white flour and sugar.
Refined carbohydrates – Refined carbs have very little nutritional value yet they still require the presence of vitamins and minerals to be metabolized. So they cost the body nutrients without providing any to replace what was used up. A diet high in products containing sugar depresses the immune system, and sugar competes with vitamin C entering the immune cells.
Green potatoes – are toxic and should be avoided.
Fats and fried foods – avoid animal fats and fats or oils which have been heated.
Additives – almost everything which comes in a can, packet or bottle has something added to preserve it, enhance it’s colour, taste or texture. This also includes processed meats such as salami – they contain preservatives.
Salt – Avoid salting your food if that you are eating is already pre-prepared – this includes bread.
Coffee and tea – Replace coffee and tea with herbal teas, but if it is too difficult allow yourself 2 cups of tea per day. Caffeine adversely affects reproductive health. It interferes with the ability of the sperm to swim forward and reduces fertility in women. It also inhibits the absorption of iron and destroys B vitamins. There have been links with caffeine consumption and chromosomal damage, and consumption during pregnancy is associated with spontaneous abortion and congenital abnormalities.
Alcohol – There are direct effects on fertility for both partners regarding the consumption of alcohol. Considering the length of time to form mature sperm and egg it should be avoided by both partners for at least 4 months prior to conception. Studies have noted an increase in miscarriage and chromosomal malformation. It also depletes the body of essential vitamins and minerals essential for the formation of sex hormones and proper fertility.
Allergens – Do not eat a particular food if you suspect an allergy or intolerance to it.
The acid/alkali balance in your diet is very important. If cervical mucus is too acidic it will destroy sperm and will also be a place less inviting for an embryo to implant.
The aim is to get your body in peak condition prior to conceiving, which includes a strong digestion and immune system. The effect of stress, addressing the fear of miscarrying, being ready to parent a child etc, should not be underestimated, particularly if such thoughts have been hanging around for a while. Stress can delay ovulation which in turn affects the health of the embryo. So find many ways to relax and reduce your workload and responsibilities.