Healthy Diet Before Getting Pregnant

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If you're thinking of getting pregnant, you need to make sure your diet is as healthy as possible. Eating five portions of fruits and vegetables is the minimum. You should aim for at least eight-a-day. Choose organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible. They contain low levels of pesticides and have higher nutritional content than non-organic.

If money is an issue you can lower your pesticide consumption by nearly four-fifths simply by avoiding the Dirty 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. Instead, buy the Clean 15 produce tested to contain the lowest levels of pesticides.

The Dirty 12 are:

peaches, strawberries, apples, domestic blueberries, nectarines, cherries and imported grapes, celery, sweet bell peppers, spinach, kale, collard greens and potatoes.

The Clean 15 are:
onions, sweet corn, sweet peas, asparagus, cage, eggplant and sweet potatoes, and avocados, pineapples, mangoes, kiwi, domestic cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit and honeydew.

Wash and peel all fruits and vegetables especially if waxed. Wash them in mild dish detergent or diluted vinegar. Cut out the stork end of fruit as this funnel shape of the fruit is where pesticides are concentrated most.

Avoid additives, preservatives and chemicals such as artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors. They can upset blood sugar levels and disrupt the body's hormonal balance. This can lead to an increase of estrogen, which can affect a woman's fertility.

Eat plenty of protein rich foods like eggs, cheese and meat. Choose organic dairy, eggs and grass-fed meat as the non-organic ones contain growth hormones and antibiotics which can affect your own hormonal balance.

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