Fertility Foods

Dear Diary,

If the old adage you are what you eat is true, then what should you eat to become a pregnant woman? I didn’t know there were such things as fertility foods before I conceived. I knew what not to put in my mouth. I didn’t gulp down too many cups or coffee or ingest too many packets of artificial sweeteners. But I wasn’t aware that I should put some items on my grocery list—or perhaps even keep them off to avoid unplanned pregnancies—to conceive quickly. According to Nutritionist Jacqueline Ely, there are certain nutrients you may need to succeed in getting pregnant. In addition to following a healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats, Jacqueline advises adding these particular foods to your diet 3-12 months before trying to conceive. Here are five nutrients you should look for in fertility foods.


Hey DFTM Fam—What dietary changes did you make when trying to conceive? What unhealthy habits did you kick? Find out more about what you should and should NOT eat on your journey to conception and through pregnancy by contacting Nutritionist Jacqueline Ely at the Washington Health System at 724.250.5207 or jely@whs.org..




About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

One Response

  1. Joyce Brewer

    This is helpful for someone who’s trying. We are not. We got married a month after we got married!


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