Plant proteins for fertility & pregnancy

 

Did you know consuming plant proteins such as nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, 3 bean mix, bortolli beans, Italian soup mix, soy beans and tofu etc, as part of a balanced diet with all the food groups, including small amounts of animal protein, has been found to benefit to fertility and enhance pregnancy outcomes? Plant proteins also feature prominently in the Mediterranean diet (see my blog about Mediterranean diet for fertility and pregnancy here  ( https://www.drstar.com.au/6715-2/ ). The Mediterranean diet has also associated with improved fertility and a bunch of healthy pregnancy outcomes including but not limited to

  • decreased risk of gestational diabetes
  • Decreased risk of excessive pregnancy weight gain
  • Decreased risk of pre-term birth

So have a think about how you can include more plant proteins in your diet. Think of adding legumes and lentils to soups, salads, falafel, lentil burgers, Mexican beans dishes, or a small handful of nuts and seeds as a snack.

 

References

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Chavarro, Jorge E., et al. “Protein intake and ovulatory infertility.” American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 198.2 (2008): 210-e1.

Vujkovic, Marijana, et al. “The preconception Mediterranean dietary pattern in couples undergoing in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment increases the chance of pregnancy.” Fertility and sterility 94.6 (2010): 2096-2101

Izadi, Vajihe, et al. “Adherence to the DASH and Mediterranean diets is associated with decreased risk for gestational diabetes mellitus.” Nutrition32.10 (2016): 1092-1096.

Koutelidakis, Antonios E., et al. “Higher adherence to Mediterranean diet prior to pregnancy is associated with decreased risk for deviation from the maternal recommended gestational weight gain.” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition (2017): 1-9.

Martin, Chantel L., Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, and Anna Maria Siega-Riz. “Maternal dietary patterns during the second trimester are associated with preterm birth.” The Journal of nutrition 145.8 (2015): 1857-1864.

Saunders, Lauren, et al. “Effect of a mediterranean diet during pregnancy on fetal growth and preterm delivery: Results from a french caribbean mother–child cohort study (TIMOUN).” Paediatric and perinatal epidemiology 28.3 (2014): 235-244.

Schoenaker, Danielle AJM, et al. “The role of energy, nutrients, foods, and dietary patterns in the development of gestational diabetes mellitus: a systematic review of observational studies.” Diabetes Care 39.1 (2016): 16-23.

Spadafranca, Angela, et al. “Adherence to Mediterranean Diet and Prevention of Excessive Weight Gain during Pregnancy: Study in a Cohort of Normal Weight Caucasian Women.” Research in Health Science 2.1 (2016): 1.

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