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Q&A: Eating Certain Foods to Increase Fertility?

Is there any kind of diet or food that helps with fertility?
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Cardiologist
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March 2, 2017
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There are many fad diets that have been purported to assist fertility; however, none are substantiated. The best rule of thumb is to get adequate caloric intake and maintain an ideal body weight for pregnancy. Both too high and too low  weights are associated with reproductive difficulty. An body mass index between 19 and 28 is ideal.

Women attempting pregnancy should also be sure to get adequate folic acid intake. The amount in prenatal  vitamins is sufficient unless you’ve had a previous baby with a spinal cord intake. In this case, more may be required.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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