Hi, I have a 3.5 year old daughter who I havd to take clomid to concieve. We have been trying for another baby for a whyle and we have our hospital appointment on monday, to hopefully go back on the clomid. I just wondered if there were any other things I should be doing or avoiding to improve my chances of a healthy pregnancy. I'm taking follic acid, I've been taking it for about a month. Is their any food I should avoid that might lower my chances.
I'm no expert but here's a couple ( sorry if obvious?); caffeine, tobacco.
Apart from folic acid you could take a pregnancy multivitamin which gives you a range of other 'important' nutrients you might not be getting from your diet? Well at least I'm hoping it does! I'm taking the pregnacare tablet, it also includes the 400mg folic acid so it just means one tablet a day and you're done. I've been reading a Zita West book (babycare til birth ? or something like that) that lists all the improtant ones to make you your most fertile.
You could have a look at Marilyn Glenville's book, Getting Pregnant faster, which suggests dietary changes and various supplements (boils down to, no/little caffeine, no alcohol, no processed food, as little sugar as possible, no white carbs etc. Not much fun!). On the whole a healthy diet with lots of veggies, nuts, seeds and fruit and lots of water will do no harm and might help.
Hi! I've been following the Marilyn Glenville plan suggested by rhetorician for 3 months now following a mmc in July. I agree it's pretty restrictive, but I do feel tonnes better for giving up caffeine and eating more fruit/veg etc, and have also lost a stone in weight. I've just started ttc-ing again, so will let you know how I get on. The vits/mineral she talks about are available in a single (2 a day) capsule from (on-line) Natural Health Practice, and while pricey are at least reassuring me that I'm doing everything right (ish) nutrition-wise
many ttc-ers on here recommend grapefruit juice to increase fertile cervical mucous! Avoid alcohol and caffine. Take your folic acid. For a while I included full fat dairy in my diet - something somewhere had recommended it and I thought it was worth a go.
Um, can't remember anything else offhand, but best of luck.
Thanks everyone, I'll try improving my diet as it's pretty bad at the moment. I have a really sweet tooth and work nights so tent to sit munching sweeties. I also take 2 sugars in my tea and drink a lot of tea. I will definatly try to cut down on my sugar intake, take fruit to work etc. I don't drink or smoke, so that's good at least.