Trying for a baby? Here’s what to eat to boost fertility and help you conceive. If you’re thinking of starting a family, you should prep your body so you are at your healthiest not only to carry a baby, but to conceive in the first place. It’s good to improve your health four to six months ahead of time, rather than say, “Okay, I’m pregnant. Now I’m going to eat healthy,” says Dr. Victoria Maizes, author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child, and executive director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Here’s what to eat and drink‚ and what to avoid for your best fertility.
Up your intake of fruit and veggies
A small Spanish study found that men who ate more fruits and vegetables and fewer meat and dairy products improved their sperm quality. Other studies also suggest that antioxidant-rich produce may benefit sperm, therefore increasing fertility.