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This Diet Could Help You Get Pregnant

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We already know it: A good diet and healthy weight can only mean positive things when it comes to trying to get pregnant. And new research is pointing to even more evidence that diet, specifically a Mediterranean-style one, can help you conceive.

Dietitians at the Loyola University Health System say that a diet high in vegetables, fish and beans can also help to reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. Considering that according to the National Infertility Association, 30 percent of infertility is due to the mother being either overweight or underweight, this new diet option is welcome news.

So what should women be doing to incorporate this diet into their routine? You should lower your intake of animal proteins and instead increase your consumption of veggies; add more fiber and whole grains; eat more high-fat dairy (sour cream, whole milk, ice cream, feta); and ultimately, take a daily women's multivitamin.

Of course, all the responsibility doesn't rest on mom's shoulders—men should be watching their weight, too. About 40 percent of fertility issues fall on dad. Guys looking to have kids should also stick to a regular diet to avoid "low sperm count and poor sperm motility, which are common in overweight and obese men."

What do you think? Are you going straight for the feta, like we are?

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