Vitamins That Help You Get Pregnant Faster
Last updated on November 3rd, 2016
Can the taking of any type of vitamin or supplement actually help you conceive a child faster than those who don’t take vitamins? Can vitamins actually increase your fertility? The answer is “yes” if you ask experts at the Texas Fertility Center. According to fertility specialists, you need a good nutritional status in order to help your body conceive a child. This seems to hold true of both men and women.
For women, it may mean just taking a good prenatal vitamin. Research has indicated that taking a prenatal vitamin (in women) can not only decrease your chances of having a preterm birth and decrease your chances of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, but it can maximize your fertility.
In one recent study, women who were trying to get pregnant through fertility treatments got pregnant faster than women who didn’t take prenatal vitamins. In fact, the participants who took prenatal vitamins had a doubling of their chances of becoming pregnant when compared to participants who just took folic acid prior to conceiving.
What this means is that it is possible to get pregnant faster if you take a prenatal vitamin, although research hasn’t been done on women who aren’t undergoing fertility treatments and who take a prenatal vitamin. Prenatal vitamins can be purchased over the counter and can’t hurt you, even if you take them while not pregnant.
These particular vitamins have the ability to enhance your fertility. You can take them alone or as a part of the total prenatal pill package:
Zinc is good for both the male and the female trying to get pregnant. Zinc is good to take in women because it enhances your ability to ovulate (therefore increasing your fertility). In men, both the testosterone level and semen quality are enhanced when the man takes zinc as part of fertility treatments. A deficiency in zinc seems to be related to poor production of semen, according to research sponsored by the American Pregnancy Association. How much should you take? Try taking 11 mg zinc (in men) or 8 mg zinc (in women), according the Office of Dietary Supplements and the NIH. If you don’t want to take a zinc supplement and rather want to take it in the food you eat, you should eat a lot of oysters, lobster, crab, grains, dairy products and beans—all good sources of zinc.
This is one of the most important vitamin a woman should take, even if she is just trying to get pregnant. According to the American Pregnancy Association, if you happen to be a woman of childbearing age, you need to take in about 400 mcg of folic acid per day. Folic acid is one of the B vitamins used to make red blood cells inside the body. If you take folate in early pregnancy (or have it already in your body at the time of conception), your chances of having a neural tube defect are much less. Neural tube defects include anencephaly and spina bifida—two conditions that happen when the neural tube fails to close in early gestation. Folic acid or folate can be taken in prior to pregnancy so your stores of these vitamins are higher when you conceive. Folate and folic acid are similar: folate acid is the natural form of the B vitamin, while folic acid is the synthetic form. Both folate and zinc supplements have been found to maximize fertility in men. If you don’t want to take a supplement, try getting your folate from leafy green vegetables, whole grains, and citrus fruits.
This is isn’t technically a vitamin, but is a good supplement to take if you are trying to conceive a healthy child. Research has been done on animals indicating that adding Coenzyme Q10 to female, older mice, helped to improve their egg quality. Similar research studies are currently being done in human participants. Men seem to benefit from taking extra coenzyme Q 10 as well. A study by the Mayo Clinic revealed that, when men take a supplement containing this substance, the sperm count can be increased, thereby improving their chances of helping a woman conceive a child. Normal recommended daily allowance of folate is about 30 to 200 milligrams, taken all at once or several times per day.
Omega 3 fatty Acids
This is a type of fatty acid you can take in by eating a lot of cold water fatty fish, taking a supplement of fish oil, or eating certain oils obtained by nuts or other plants. It has been found to be especially helpful in women undergoing in vitro fertilization treatments. One study out of the Netherlands looked at embryo quality in women undergoing in vitro fertilization found that the embryos were of better quality if the woman took a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids while undergoing the procedure.
You need to be taking iron before you get pregnant in order to have adequate stores of the vitamin at the time of conception. It is recommended that non-pregnant women take 18 milligrams per day of iron, while a woman who is pregnant should take about 27 milligrams per day of iron. Iron is important in both the pregnancy and non-pregnancy states as it is vital in making hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the molecule that carries oxygen from the lungs to the peripheral tissues as part of cellular metabolism. You can take supplemental iron in pill or liquid form, or you can get it through the eating of iron-rich foods, such as leafy green vegetables, tofu, and red meats.
Calcium is recommended for all women of childbearing age. Nutritional experts say that, in order to get pregnant, you should take in about 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. This enhances your calcium stores and will help your baby in its growth and development after you conceive. Calcium can be taken as a separate supplement or as part of a prenatal vitamin. If you don’t like these large, chalky pills, try getting your calcium through leafy green vegetables and milk—both of which are high in calcium.
This vitamin has been found to reduce unwanted symptoms in early pregnancy if you take it prior to conception. Try taking 10 milligrams of vitamin B6 daily when trying to conceive because this has been shown through research to decrease the frequency of morning sickness.
This can be a vitamin that is also an antioxidant or a non-vitamin that is also an antioxidant. Vitamins C and E are both vitamins that also have antioxidant powers. One research study showed that men who didn’t get enough antioxidants in their diet had semen quality that was poorer than men who got enough antioxidants in their diet. There are supplements that are high in antioxidants but you can also take in antioxidants in your food. Sunflower seeds and almonds are high in vitamin E, while oranges and strawberries are high in vitamin C.
This is a good thing to take if you are a man trying to conceive a child. L carnitine seems to be important in the metabolism and maturity of sperm. Men who take L carnitine might be able to better enhance their sperm motility and will be able to conceive a child when compared to not taking L carnitine.
Conception depends on healthy nutritional states in both the male and female. For men trying to achieve a pregnancy in their partner, the addition of oysters, fruits, and vegetables can provide the right kinds of vitamins for the enhancement of male fertility.
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- 10 Tips to get pregnant now. http://www.whattoexpect.com/preconception/photo-gallery/get-pregnant-now.aspx#06.