Eating a healthy balanced diet when trying to conceive helps the body to be in optimum condition for conception and pregnancy ,and also helps to build adequate stores of vitamins and minerals for the baby to call upon when needed.
Foods to consume while trying to get pregnant:
Leafy greens such as broccoli, fortified breakfast cereals, citrus fruits and pulses provide folic acid which is important for the baby's neural tube development.
Fortified breakfast cereals, lentils, soy beans, dried fruit and leafy greens such as spinach are great sources of iron.
New research (Dr Jorge Chavarros, Harvard School of Public Health) indicates women who want to get pregnant should eat a Mediterranean-style diet rich in avocados and olive oil but light in diary and meat.
Eating mono-unsaturated fat - found in peanuts, almonds and cashews may support conception too.
Fish, wholegrain breads, asparagus, spinach and watercress will provide zinc to help keep the immune system strong, which is essential when trying to get pregnant. Zinc can also help the production of healthy eggs, as well as healthy sperm.
Fibre rich beans and whole grains keep the bowels healthy, helping to flush away the bodies waste, thereby increasing the chances of getting pregnant.
It is also a good idea to consider taking a supplement designed to support conception which contains 400 mcg folic acid and other nutrients to help support the nutritional requirements of women trying to conceive.