Nutrition for Fertility!

  • Hi! My husband and I are in the early stages of trying to conceive (yay!) and I’d love to hear more information around anything in particular that you think would be helpful to know? I’d say I’m specifically curious around portions/meal timing (smaller meals more often?) and any specific foods to incorporate?

    Posted by: emilyo

  • Hi Emily,
    How exciting! You’re definitely in the right place to help your body prepare for pregnancy. You can check out the P20 Plate handout in your Resources section for recommended portion sizes. Blood sugar balance, stress management, and adequate restful sleep are also key to keeping hormone levels healthy. To keep your blood sugar balanced, we recommend eating every 3-5 hours. If you know your meals will be more than 5 hours apart, a healthy snack can help keep blood sugar stable. You can find a list of healthy P20-approved snacks here. Let me know if you have any more specific questions!

    Posted by: icon Lia C - PN Nutritionist

  • Hi Emily, Yay! So excited for you and your husband! This is such an important time for you to take care of yourself as if you are already pregnant. Like Lia mentioned, adequate sleep (at least 8 hours each night), keeping stress levels low, staying active and focusing on nutrient-dense food whenever your body gives you a hunger cue is important. Also, make sure to stay hydrated! Are you already on a prenatal vitamin? If not, now is the time to get on one. We love MegaFoods Baby + Me and Nordic Naturals DHA, Metagenics Prenatal packets and GOOP “The Mother Load”. We get lots of questions around alcohol and caffeine when trying to conceive. Studies show that high levels of caffeine and alcohol can influence hormone levels which could lead to fertility issues so we recommend keeping both to a minimum (or eliminating). Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any further questions. Wishing you the best!

    Posted by: icon Christina S - PN Nutritionist

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