There are a few things that are important to consider when planning for pregnancy. Trying to get your body as healthy as possible and to eliminate stress are key to improving your fertility. Here are a few things you should know about:

1. Gluten intolerance is a known cause of fertility problems. However, "Gluten Free" has become something of a catch phrase for marketing many products, so check with your doctor if you are genuinely gluten intolerant, or better yet swap to ancient grains like quinoa or just try and reduce the amount of bread you eat.

2. Women who use low-fat milk products may have more trouble conceiving than women who use full-fat dairy. Full-fat dairy foods convey the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Skimming the fat from dairy removes these hormones, which are attached to fat. Left behind are male hormones. Also, once the fat is removed from dairy, you have a higher sugar ratio in the remaining product and this contributes to insulin problems.

3. Boost your intake of protein. Low protein intake and lack of adequate, good quality, dietary fats have both been shown to reduce conception; again, because these essential nutrients provide the building blocks we need for healthy hormones. Further, poor quality fats have been shown to cause inflammation and high insulin levels, both of which can interfere with fertility.

4. Nutrient deficiencies—even insufficiency, where you’re not flat-out deficient but have a lower than optimal nutritional status—can interfere with conception, too. Our bodies require a host of nutrients for ovulation to occur; for example, women who have been found to be low in folic acid have lower rates of natural ovulation. Start taking a folate tablet or a pre-pregnancy vitamin now.

5. Skipping meals and having low blood sugar on a regular basis is also a red flag for conception. When your blood sugar is low, it triggers your brain to go into survival mode. When this happens too often, it affects your cortisol levels in a way that can start to have an impact on your hormones and your fertility.

6. On the other hand, high blood sugar and metabolic syndrome can throw our hormones out of whack and create massive inflammation, both of which block fertility. Good carbs (those containing fibre, such as vegetables, legumes, and whole grains) are digested slowly and have a more gradual effect on blood sugar and insulin. But fast burning sugars like those that come from processed flour products cause high insulin, which has been found to to inhibit ovulation.

7. Go organic when you can. Buying organic can be more expensive, so if you can't afford to go organic for all of your fruit and vegetables, peel them to remove the pesticides on teh skin. And of course, foods that have high levels of herbicides and pesticides that act as toxic estrogens in our body can interfere with fertility.