Diet and Lifestyle Advice FAQ
What is diet and lifestyle advice for couples trying to conceive?
What is a fertility diet? How strictly should we follow a fertility diet to improve our sperm and egg quality?
In our opinion, the common-sense approach is the best. There are some distinct food items such as trans fats, processed foods and canned food, which are not suitable for general health as well as for fertility. On the other hand, green leafy vegetables, fruits, berries and nuts contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and micronutrients. Antioxidants are the substances that cleanse our body from stress-related damaging chemicals. Vitamins, antioxidants and micronutrients such as selenium, zinc is suitable for cell functions. Similarly, they are good for sperms and eggs. You do not need to follow a strict fertility diet plan, which may be counterproductive by adding undue stress in your busy life!
What should I eat to boost the sperm count? What are the best ways to increase sperm count?
What food items are not suitable for sperm count?
Why should I take folic acid before pregnancy?
How much Folic acid should I take?
Which food has folic acid?
Why some people need a higher dose of folic acid?
If you have a higher risk of having a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects, you will be advised to take a higher dose of 5mg folic acid.
What should I do, if I am already pregnant and I have not taken folic acid?
Don't worry, the risk of problems is minimal. Start taking folic acid now and until week 12 if you have not reached it yet. You don't need to take after 12 weeks folic acid (though it is not harmful) as the neural tube will have fully developed. You can talk to your GP or midwife if you have any concerns.