What you eat (and decide not to eat!) at this time is perhaps the single greatest advantage you can give yourself during pregnancy. Some of your favourite foods may have to stay locked away in the cupboard. Most doctors encourage their patients to avoid consuming certain types of fish, unpasteurised milk, juice, cheese, caffeine and of course, alcohol. Also, steer clear of any kind of diet to gain or lose weight as this may affect your reproductive cycle.
Balance your blood sugar by eating breakfast, not leaving long gaps between meals and eating protein and carbs together– when blood sugar is unbalanced it can seriously impact your hormones, weight and energy levels.
Eat at least five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables each day – only 15% of women and 13% of men manage to achieve this.
Try to eat red meat no more than twice a week.
Stay away from fatty meat such as lamb and switch to lean cuts of beef.
Choose game and poultry meat which is low in fat instead of fatty meats.
Choose complex and unrefined carbohydrates such as rye or wholegrain bread.
Limit the amount of wheat and dairy that you eat.
Try to eat fresh fruit instead of cakes and biscuits. A handful of nuts are also a good alternative. That way you’ll get more nutrients and long lasting energy whilst keeping your blood sugar levels stable.
Switch to butter instead of margarine or spread. Margarine often contains hydrogenated fats where as butter contains vitamin D.
Take in sufficient fibre.
Drink organic milk as this is richer in omega-3 than normal milk.
Switch tea and coffee for caffeine free herbal teas. Alternatively try decaffeinated coffee using the Swiss Water method or decaffeinated tea using the CO2 method.
Cut out processed and convenience foods – these can contain free radicals which can cause damage to sperm and eggs.
Shop little and often to maximise freshness of food and choose products that are in season.
Avoid additives such as salt, artificial sweeteners, acrylamide, MSG and certain preservatives, artificial colourings and flavourings.