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    What are the food to avoid or eat more of when trying to conceive?

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  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    Busier lifestyles often result in our diets being neglected. Women
    may be relying too heavily on processed foods, many of which are
    high in salt, fat, sugar and artificial preservatives, colours and flavours.
    Women should instead aim to increase their intake of whole grains
    and breads, fruit and vegetables and choose low fat dairy products
    and lean meat. Women can also ensure that their diet is rich in zinc, a
    mineral that is through to affect both female and male fertility. Foods
    high in zinc include shellfish, liver, wheat bran/germ, pumpkin seeds
    and almonds. Women who are planning on becoming pregnant
    also need to take a 400 microgram (mcg) supplement of folic acid at
    least one month prior to becoming pregnant and for the first three
    months of pregnancy. Folic acid helps prevent neural tube birth
    defects such as spina bifida
    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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