Pregnancy on a Plate: What to eat when you’re ovulating
What you eat can impact your likelihood of getting pregnant. As your body nears ovulation, it needs plenty of B vitamins and other nutrients to support the release of the egg and promote implantation. Some studies have shown that vitamins such as Zinc and Vitamin C may play a role in progesterone production, as well.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are also crucial during the ovulation phase. The best source: omega-3s from fish and fish oil supplements. These EFAs promote blood flow to the uterus and support the opening of the follicle to release the egg. Fish oil can increase blood circulation and boost the natural testosterone in a woman’s body. During ovulation, fill your plate with leafy greens, whole grains, eggs, legumes, meat, fish and lots of water. Water plays a key role in transporting hormones and developing follicles. It also helps thin out cervical mucus, which may make it a little easier for sperm to reach the egg.
You’ll want to avoid acidic foods like coffee, alcohol, meat and processed foods, which may make your cervical mucus hostile to sperm. If you’re ovulating, serve up some salmon and brown rice with a side of sautéed greens for dinner tonight. You can also add a bowl of berries and a little dark chocolate for dessert… romantic and delicious!