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Is there a specific diet to be followed when trying to conceive?

I am a 32 year old woman and I am trying to conceive my first baby. I am on folic acid tablets, but is there a specific diet that can help me conceive faster?

4 Answers

There is no specific diet, but conception will happen quicker if you and partner don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, exercise regularly, are happy, and eat a healthy diet - lots of whole foods, veggies, hydrate well, etc. Obviously, knowing when your ovulation period is (assuming your periods are regular) and having regular sex around that time will speed things up. It is good that you've started on folic acid, as it'll prevent neural tube defects in the fetus once you're pregnant. Do ensure your vitamin D level is adequate, too; most women will be on vitamin D supplements during pregnancy.
Normal healthy diet - If overweight, then address this issue, make sure to get good sleep and be emotionally well. If not conceiving, see your Dr. for a review of your hormone status.
A balanced diet is always the best for any situation. Whether you are going for a state championship are trying to conceive, the foods that you feel good and adhere to well-known nutritional advice are the ones that are the best for you. There are plenty of scammers and charlatans out there who will try to dupe you and make a buck, but listen to them at your own peril.
There is no proven specific way for conceiving faster. It is better to eat regular and healthy foods. Try to include more proteins, vegetables in your diet. However, you need to keep in mind to avoid certain foods (e.g. high mercury seafood or fish, raw fish or eggs), products (e.g. retinoic acid, cosmetic products containing high vitamin A or adapalene) or medications (e.g. valproic acid) that can hurt your baby in first few months of pregnancy. You can search and find a long list of these items online. Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol.