the big ques­tion Do I have to com­pletely cut out junk food to in­crease my chances of get­ting preg­nant?

Women's Health Australia - - WARM UP -

Ob­vi­ous state­ment: junk food isn’t a An­swer form of con­tra­cep­tion. But if you’re in­ter­ested in con­ceiv­ing and birthing a healthy baby, clean­ing up your menu is a smart move.

“The lead-up to con­cep­tion is when your eggs are ma­tur­ing, and what you eat will im­pact [them], which will then go on to im­pact your baby’s fu­ture health. So it’s a re­ally im­por­tant time to be eat­ing your health­i­est diet,” says di­eti­tian Melanie Mc­grice. What that looks like? Think Mediter­ranean: re­search shows this diet can im­prove fer­til­ity in both women and men. It in­volves plenty of fresh fruit and ve­g­ies, whole­grains, legumes, nuts, ex­tra vir­gin olive oil, fish and some full-cream dairy. If you’re baby-mak­ing, now’s also the time to wind back on booze and long blacks. Dr Preeya Alexan­der ex­plains, “We know that al­co­hol con­sump­tion can have an ef­fect in very early preg­nancy when the cells are ini­tially di­vid­ing, so hav­ing no al­co­hol at all when you’re try­ing to con­ceive is ideal, but lim­it­ing it is also suit­able.” She adds that re­duc­ing caf­feine to 200mg a day (about two cups of in­stant) is also rec­om­mended. Go forth and mul­ti­ply.

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