If you are in good health, you are maximising your chances of conceiving. A vital part of a healthy lifestyle is your diet. We have outlined what you should and should not do when you are trying for a baby.
If you eat a good balanced diet you should not need to take any supplements. If you do want to take a health supplement, make sure you take one which is specifically for pregnant (or those trying) women.These supplements generally do not contain vitamin A which may cause developmental problems in the foetus. Your doctor can advise you on which supplements to take.
Folic acid is one of the B vitamins and all women who are trying for a baby should take it. Folic acid reduces the risk of having a child with spina bifida.
You should continue taking folic acid for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Your GP can perscribe a folic acid supplement.
Avoid certain foods
Foods to avoid include
- Liver – Contains Vitamin A
- Lightly-cooked eggs – Possibility of Salmonella poisioning
- Undercooked meats – Possibility of catching listeria
- Soft Cheese – Possibility of catching listeria
In general terms, only eat food which is well prepared and cooked.
What to eat
A good balanced diet is recommended including green leafy vegetables, sprouts, spinach, fortified cereals. These foods contain folic acid naturally.