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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