Boost your fertility and increase your chances of having a baby by eating correctly and ensuring you’re in the baby-friendly weight zone.
Are you the Right Weight?
When women are within a certain weight range they are more likely to conceive. This fertility weight is the same as your healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) – it should be between 18.5 and 24.9. Anything under or over this could decrease your chance of conceiving. You can calculate your BMI on this website.
Put on Weight Organically
If you need to gain weight in order to increase your chances of conceiving, you can do so organically so that your body receives important nutrients to prepare for a baby. Here are some ways to consume more calories:
1. Healthy Fats
These help to increase your chances of conception. According to research by Malmo University Hospital in Sweden, omega-3 fats increase blood flow to the uterus, helping women conceive. You can gain omega-3s from salmon, sardines, oatmeal and flaxseed.
2. Eat More Regularly
You need to ensure that you eat snacks during your daily meals. Make these healthy, such as by eating chickpeas, nuts, fruits and vegetables, or a salad enriched with lentils. These foods will also help to boost your body’s production of iron which is beneficial to your body before pregnancy. Fruits and vegetables additionally provide your body with folate, an important mineral.
3. Increase Calcium
Calcium in the form of dairy products will not only help you gain weight but also strengthen bones and enable your future baby’s bone health as well as growth. Choose the healthy dairy options, such as low-fat and non-fat milk.
4. Add Calories to Current Meals
You don’t necessarily have to eat more meals, especially if you do not have a large appetite, however you can gain weight by adding more calories to your current meals. Some ideas include making free-range egg omelettes with organic vegetables, eating salads with organic avocado, and adding nuts to your morning cereal.