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Nutrition to Strengthen the Female Reproductive System

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author image Heather Topham Wood
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.
Nutrition to Strengthen the Female Reproductive System
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If you are trying to strengthen your reproductive system, then you must practice good nutrition. Eating right decreases your chance of suffering from reproductive problems, like difficulty conceiving a child. Speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have about your diet adversely affecting your reproductive health. Dietary changes and nutritional supplements may help remedy the problem.

Weight Loss

According to a July 2004 study reported in the “Reproduction Nutrition Development” journal, larger body size is likely to have a detrimental effect on the reproductive system. If you are overweight, you may have more difficulty conceiving a child. Your doctor may request that you follow a diet and exercise plan to lose weight if you are experiencing infertility issues. Sustained weight loss is achieved by following a low-calorie diet with an emphasis on vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy proteins.

Carbohydrates

Instead of eating refined carbohydrates, choose whole grains if you want to improve your fertility. Whole grains have a high amount of fiber, which can help increase your chances of conception. The quick increase of blood sugar from refined carbs can make it more difficult to get pregnant. Refined carbohydrates include sweets, white rice, white bread, sugary cereals and potatoes. Whole-grain choices include brown rice, whole-wheat bread, wheat pasta and whole-grain cereals.

Fats

If you want to maintain reproductive health, avoid trans fat in your diet. According to research from the 2007 Nurses' Health Study, trans fat was linked to a higher chance of ovulatory infertility. The study showed that eating as few as 4 g of trans fat daily has an effect on a woman’s fertility. Foods high in trans fat include margarine, lard, fried foods and fast food.

Pregnancy Nutrition

During pregnancy, you need to ensure that you are consuming enough calories for the health of you and your baby. You should have plenty of folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber and calcium. Besides suggesting a well-rounded diet, your doctor will likely have you consume prenatal vitamins. You do not need to eat large amounts of food to remain healthy during pregnancy. An extra 300 calories per day is typically sufficient.

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