Baby in Your Future? Put This Food On Your Holiday Menu

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Babies? We know, you have enough on your mind with wedding planning to even go there. But if you have a case of real, or closeted, baby fever (it happens, yes), file this away for the future (near future?): Brussels sprouts, love them or loathe them, might boost your fertility.

Here's the scoop: British researchers found that more babies are conceived in the month of December (that's this month, ya'll!), which, they say, could be partially explained by an increase in alcohol consumption (aka, post office-party) and also by what we eat.

Be warned: As it turns out, your aunt Debbie's famous Brussels sprouts recipe, in fact, could boost your fertility. High in folic acid, which medical experts say may increase your chances of conceiving and ensuring a healthy pregnancy, Brussels sprouts are eaten more often in December than any other month, so there could be an interesting correlation to analyze.

It seems to all boil down to a phytonutrient called di-indolylmethane that experts say Brussels are rich in, a compound that could help women absorb balanced levels of the hormone oestrogen and become more fertile in the process.

Bonus: The nutrients in Brussels sprouts may help increase your fiance's sperm count, which is reason enough to put them on the menu (that is, if you're ready for the results in nine months).

Sarah Jio

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