Bayo Ajibola


There is a lot of information going around about what to eat when you are trying to have a baby and so forth. What you should not eat is not given that much publicity seeing as you already have a to-do list with thefoods that you should eat.

There are somefoods that will interfere with your body and therefore your ability to conceive. This does not mean that the foods are bad. They are just not suitable for the woman that is trying to conceive. Here are some of the major culprits.


Alcohol is linked to irregular periods, lack of ovulation and abnormal hormone levels (estrogen and progesterone) which are essential for conception. Cutting out alcohol also applies to men because alcohol affects the sperm quality and motility (speed at which sperm moves).


More than 200 milligrams of caffeine per day can cause dehydration, interfere with the absorption of iron in your body and if taken in larger doses can lead to miscarriage or preterm birth. It has some correlation with fertility problems so it is best to keep away from it or ensure it is extremely minimal.

Fish with high mercury content

Fish is great for the development of a fetus, especially the brain. There are some kinds of fish that have high mercury content in them. Mercury stays in the body for a while so if you eat them and then get pregnant, the mercury may harm your baby’s brain and nervous system. These fish include swordfish, shark, king mackerel, tilefish, big eye tuna and marlin.

You can opt for mackerel, trout, tilapia, clams, crab, herring, shrimp, sardines, salmon, oysters and even catfish for your serving of seafood.

Raw or undercooked meat, eggs or fish and unpasteurized cheese

All these foods could give you salmonella or listeriosis which are not so good bacterial infections. They can easily harm a developing fetus and they will not leave you unscathed either. Cook all your animal protein through to be on the safe side.

These may be the bad guys but it is important to keep your diet healthy. Fill your plate with lots of fruits and vegetables and include enough water as well.

Some elements of your lifestyle like smoking, stress and minimal exercise have to go as well. Smoking in both men and women affects conception and the viability of the egg and sperm produced and therefore the fetus.

Bayo Ajibola

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