Good nutrition means getting the right amount of nourishment to maintain your body and its processes in optimum health. What you eat has a crucial effect on both your general health, like energy and mood, and for the maintenance of tissues and regulation of bodily processes, like your fertility. Your body uses the nutrients from the food that you eat, and the supplements your doctor may advise you to take, to repair cells, produce hormones and ultimately produce healthy eggs and sperm. In many ways your fertility depends on what you eat.

Good nutrition does not mean having to give up all the foods you like; it just means eating more of the right foods and cutting back on the others. Moderation is the key. It’s fine to allow yourself the occasional indulgence so long as you are eating healthily at least 80% of the time. And if food cravings have been a problem for you in the past, you’ll notice that they will disappear because your body is getting all the nutrients it needs from food that is completely satisfying – so you don’t ever feel hungry.

When you are trying for a baby it is essential that you are eating a healthy diet with a balanced intake of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. This will not only give your baby a good start in life but will also give you the best chance of conceiving.