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