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5 Foods Couples Who Are Waiting For The Fruits Of The Womb Should Not Eat Regularly

Having a delay in childbearing is one of the most frustrating and worst nightmares of many African couples, especially for the women involved. This is because of the premium importance and value placed on childbearing in African society, where it is believed that children are the reward of marriage. The women, often are particularly on the receiving end of undue pressure when pregnancy is hard to come by few months after getting married to their husbands.

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Many reasons are often responsible for the inability to conceive by couples who are trying for a baby, with factors affecting male and female fertility often playing a huge role in infertility issues. For men, the problem often revolves around poor quality sperm, abnormal sperm, and poor sperm motility. For women, some of the factors for female infertility include ovulation disorder, damage to the fallopian tube, endometriosis, and uterine or cervical issues.

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Many factors could contribute to infertility in a couple including many lifestyle choices. However, diet also plays a huge role in the fertility or otherwise of a couple, after all, we are what we eat. It, therefore, becomes important for "waiting" couples to know certain foods that can lead to sterilisation or aggravate the problem of infertility. Such foods are our focus in this article and they are briefly discussed below:

1. Red and processed meats

The consumption of red meat and processed meat is linked to infertility in both males and females, hence caution should be exercised in their consumption. Frequent consumption of beef, bacon, hot dogs, and sausage is known to contribute to lower egg fertilisation in men.

2. Ultra-processed carbs

Foods such as white bread, pasta, desserts, and baked goods have a high glycemic index. But what often makes them a food to avoid for couples who are trying for a baby is their low fibre and high added sugar content which makes them negatively affect fertility.

3. Baked goods

"Waiting" couples should also reduce the intake of or do away with the consumption of foods such as pastries, doughnuts, and cakes, as many of the baked goods contain trans fats and saturated fats which affect fertility negatively and increase the risk of ovulatory disorders in women.

4. Sugar-sweetened beverages

Sugar-sweetened beverages and sodas should also be avoided by couples waiting for the fruits of the womb as their regular intake is linked to reduced fertility. A few of their negative effects include lowering the total number of mature and fertilized eggs, as well as top-quality embryos, among women.

5. Certain dairy products

High consumption of full-fat dairy products such as cheese and milk is known to affect male fertility and is linked to lower semen quality in men, while low-fat dairy products are beneficial to male fertility. For females, however, the reverse is the case as whole milk is known to improve female fertility, while low-fat dairy products increase the risk of infertility.

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