Health Eating Week | Fertility and Pregnancy

Healthy Eating Week 2021

This article has been written and medically approved by Pharmacist Conor McSorley GPhC Reg No. 2223070

Eating Habits | Fertility and Pregnancy

Maintain a healthy weight

Being overweight or underweight can considerably compromise your chances of successful conception. Ideally, according to NHS data, you should fall between 18.5 and 24.9 on the BMI scale. This can be done by altering your diet to fall into a calorie defecit or surplus.

Know your good fats from your bad fats

Choosing healthy fats over ‘trans fats’ can help regulate reproductive hormone function. Aim to eat more fats found in oily fish, walnuts, chai seeds and avocados rather than the unhealthy fats found in fried food, cakes and packaged snacks. 

Don’t eat for two

When you are pregnant it can be tempting to over cater under the guise that you are ‘eating for two’. This is a common myth with evidence showing you only need an extra 200 calories per day in the final trimester.

Eat the rainbow 

To support pregnancy, aim to at a colourful and varied diet. This approach will promote a full nourishment to your blossoming baby and give them the best possible start in life.