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Nutrition on Pregnancy After 50

What a person eats and how the body uses it.

For men and women trying to conceive, a healthy diet is particularly important because healthy babies start before conception.

Eating a well-balanced diet is essential. But, what is the best diet?  Unfortunately, that is not known.  We are bombarded daily with controversial, sometimes contradictory, nutritional information. High-protein, low carbohydrate diets, low-fat diets, vegetarian diets, and others have all been touted as the best.  Research constantly is unearthing new micronutrients which previously were unknown.  The true and total effects of processing, animal husbandry practices, growing  vegetables products, and environmental effects are not completely understood.

The use of dietary supplements is frequently undertaken without a complete understanding of their effects.  Research is incomplete as to their potential benefits and risks.  The dietary supplement industry is a multi-billion dollar industry which is currently largely unregulated.  Nutritional recommendations are frequently made by unlicensed persons whose knowledge levels vary greatly.

A person’s diet is influenced by many factors.  Among these are culture, education, financial situation, location, availability of foods and past history.

A Healthy and Enjoyable diet for adults trying to conceive:

  • Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products;
  • Includes lean sources of protein (meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts); and
  • Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars.
  • Avoids alcoholic beverages.
  • Uses sugar only in moderation.
  • Avoids unpasturized, blue, or soft cheeses, soft eggs, or undercooked meats (including unheated coldcuts) and poultry, which may present a risk of bacterial contamination.