“Inadequate protein intake can decrease the frequency of menstrual periods and may also contribute to early miscarriage,” writes Dr Christopher Williams in The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally.
For more info on getting pregnant naturally – and a great explanation of how ovulation works – click on the book cover. And, read on to learn how protein affects female fertility.
How Protein Increases Female Fertility
“The recommended protein consumption for nonpregnant women is at least 45 to 50 grams per day,” writes Dr Williams. “Once pregnant, a woman needs to increase her protein intake to at least 60 to 65 grams per day.”
He also says that women who exercise more need to increase their protein intake – and also take more vitamins and minerals via a supplement. And, don’t forget the folic acid…take it before you start trying to conceive a baby!
“Foods that are high in protein include meats, poultry, fish, dry beans and peas, soy products, eggs, cheese, cottage cheese, milk, and nuts,” writes Dr Williams in The Fastest Way to Get Pregnant Naturally.
Vegetarians, Protein, and Fertility
As a whole, vegetarians may not get as much protein as they need. “Proteins are made from amino acids,” writes Dr Williams. “Of the 21 amino acids required by the human body, nine cannot be made in the body and must come from this diet. These nine critical amino acids are called the ‘essential amino acids.’”
To get enough protein and increase your chances of getting pregnant, vegetarians must combine foods. For instance, beans and rice is a great combo, and so is macaroni and cheese, and corn and black-eyed peas.
Protein Content of Common Foods
- Lamb chop (3 oz) 32 grams
- Steak (3 oz) 20 grams
- Liver (3 oz) 22 grams
- Ham (3 oz) 19 grams
- Fish (3 oz haddock) 17 grams
- Chicken (3 oz) 26 grams
- Milk (1 cup) 8 grams
- Cheese (American, 1 oz) 6 grams
- Cottage cheese (1 cup) 27 grams
- Yogurt (plain, 8 oz) 10 grams
- Egg (one) 6 grams
- Macaroni & cheese (1 cup) 10 grams
- Cornmeal (1 cup) 11 grams
- Rice (1 cup, long-grain) 4 grams
- Spaghetti (1 cup) 7 grams
- Almonds (1 cup) 21 grams
- Peanuts (1 cup) 37 grams
- Black-eyed peas (cooked, 1 cup) 13 grams
- Broccoli (cooked, 1 cup) 6 grams
For more info about increasing your chances of pregnancy, read How Food Affects Female Fertility. You might also be interested in 5 Easy Ways to Improve Fertility.
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