Pregnancy health The simple diet that can increase your chances of getting pregnant

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Recent studies have shown that a dietary switch could increase a woman's chances of getting pregnant.

A report published by Human Reproduction Journal  indicated that women who adhere to the Mediterranean diet were more likely to get pregnant if they had undergone in-vitro fertilization.

IVF is often a last resort for women who are having trouble conceiving.

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The Mediterranean diet

  • encourages eating of more fruits, fresh vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, fish and legumes.
  • cuts down on consumption of red meat.
  • entails eating fish and chicken at least twice a week and eating red meat around 3 times a month.
  • replaces butter with healthy fats like olive oil or canola oil.
  • replaces salt with sea salt or natural herbs and spices for flavour.
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Women who followed the diet six months before receiving IVF treatment had a 65-68% greater chance of getting a successful pregnancy.

This was more noticeable in women under the age of 35.

Apart from boosting fertility, the diet also reduces risk of heart disease, cholesterol and helps prevent hypertension, cancer, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

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