Victoria Beckham is apparently on a waistline-expanding diet in a bid to get pregnant.
The former Spice Girl - who already has three sons, Brooklyn, 11, Romeo, seven, and five-year-old Cruz, with her soccer superstar husband David - wants to add a daughter to her family and has taken up a new eating plan loaded with carbohydrates to achieve it.
The 35-year-old star - who is known to only eat fruit, vegetables and steamed fish to maintain her slender figure - has been munching on pasta dishes, brown bread, rice and meals which include potatoes.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "It's no secret Victoria and David want a little girl. She's been told by docs her diet, though healthy, would not give her the best chance of conceiving, particularly in her 30s. Instead she has been advised to eat a lot more carbs and fatten up. She has agreed and David is over the moon."
So can your weight really affect your fertility? We asked Emma Sutherland, Naturopath, homeopath and women’s health specialist, http://www.healthequalsvitality.com.au, for the low-down.
“Underweight women are more likely to experience irregular menstrual cycles, suffer from a lack of ovulation and a higher miscarriage risk,” she explains. “Australian research has demonstrated that underweight women have a higher infertility rate than women of a healthy weight. Victoria is now 35, an age where natural fertility has already started to decline, so she needs to aim for a steady, healthy weight gain through a nutritious diet to try and restore her fertility."
So what can you do to make sure you’re at your optimal pre-pregnancy health? Increase all the good things that your body (and your baby-to-be's body) needs: green leafy vegetables, apricots, carrots, papaya, mango, whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, and low-fat dairy.
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