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food and pregnancyTrue or false? Certain food can help increase your chances of getting pregnant?

True … sort of. While no food is a guarantee, you can use diet and supplements to address specific fertility issues, says acupuncturist and herbalist Jill Blakeway, co-author of the book Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility.

Here, the dietary dos and don’ts if you’re trying to conceive:

Load up on …

Lay off the …

Healthy Fats

Fat helps make progesterone, which is crucial for ovulation,” says Shannon Carey, RD, of New York University Langone Medical Center. Avocados, Greek yogurt, and salmon are good options.

Meat

Replace at least one serving of meat per day with a vegetable or dairy protein like beans, nuts, or peas, Carey recommends, as all of these foods have been shown to boost fertility.

Folic Acid

You can get it from foods like whole grains and green leafy vegetables, but Carey also recommends a daily supplement.

Coffee

Caffeine can decrease the flow of blood to the uterus, which can interfere with embryo implantation, says Blakeway.

Organic Produce

Colorful fruits and veggies are packed with antioxidants and phytochemicals that can protect reproductive organs from harmful free radicals, says Carey.

Alcohol

“Drinking alcohol interferes with the action of folic acid, which plays an important role in the maturation of an egg for ovulation,” says Blakeway.

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