What is in this article?:
- Fertility foods
- Are women today having a more difficult time getting pregnant?
- What should women eat to boost fertility?
- What about fish?
- Are processed foods linked to infertility?
- Why is weight gain linked to infertility?
- What part do supplements play in fertility?
- What environmental toxins interfere with hormones?
Hope to get pregnant now or someday? The foods you choose—and avoid—can help ensure that all systems are go when you’re ready. Get the latest holistic wisdom in this Q&A with Victoria Maizes, MD, author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child (Scribner, 2013).
What about fish?
DL: What about fish?
VM: You want to reduce exposure to mercury—abundant in shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish—because it’s a neurotoxin and a developing fetus’s nervous system is exquisitely sensitive in the first weeks of pregnancy. But you don’t want to avoid all fish because it’s the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical to baby’s brain development and can help prevent postpartum depression. I recommend enjoying two to three meals a week with wild salmon, sardines, herring, or black cod.