Boost Fertility by Gaining Weight

boost fertility by gaining weight

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.

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  • Great article but point no 3 is incorrect. We have been told by the dairy industry to drink lots of milk because it gives us the necessary calcium. It has been proven that milk actually depletes the calcium from our bones.

    “Here’s how it happens. Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is – you guessed it… in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.
    Knowing this, you’ll understand why statistics show that countries with the lowest consumption of dairy products also have the lowest fracture incidence in their population. ” – from atricle:
    For a healthier option choose vegetable calcium over animal calcium.

    Many green vegetables have calcium-absorption rates of over 50 percent, compared with about 32 percent for milk.1 Additionally since animal protein induces calcium excretion in the urine, the calcium retention from vegetables is higher. All green vegetables are high in calcium. – from atricle:

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