Trying for a baby? Healthy diet can help

Trying for a baby? Midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor Zita West offers advice on how diet, nutrition and exercise can play a key role in boosting your fertility.

It's well known that a good diet and exercise regime is important for a healthy pregnancy and for your baby's growth. But believe it or not, paying attention to diet and exercise should also be a top priority even before you conceive.

From the very start you'll be nourishing the egg and sperm cells that will become your baby, so following a sensible diet when you're 'trying' is imperative. Balancing your blood sugar by eating breakfast, having a diet rich in antioxidants and making sure you have plenty of vitamin D will all help to balance hormone levels and improve your fertility.

For both men and women, being overweight can affect your ability to conceive. So maintaining a healthy level of exercise not only keeps your weight down but helps with endorphin release, reduces stress, regulates your blood sugar levels, and promotes good circulation to the reproductive organs.

Balance is vital when it comes to both diet and exercise as being underweight can harm your fertility and men who do too much exercise could be impairing their sperm count; no one knows more about this than leading fertility and pregnancy expert Zita West who is also a practicing midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor.

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