July 10, 2019 • Joyner Musombi
Nutrition and physical health play a significant role in female fertility and, as such, there are a number of vitamins that can give your chances a significant boost. Eating certain foods and avoiding others has been medically proven to improve the ovulatory function of a woman and increase her chances of becoming pregnant.
Here are some vitamin supplements that help you get pregnant and prepare your body for the baby to give you and your baby the best start and reduce the risk of birth defects.
Folate is a B-group vitamin that is involved in blood formation and supporting the baby’s brain and spinal cord to develop properly in the first 28 days of pregnancy. You should start taking the supplement at least one month before conceiving and your doctor will recommend the right dose for you during pregnancy. Get your daily intake from green leafy vegetables and whole grains.
Zinc and Folate are important for the formation of DNA and RNA that contain the genetic information that is passed from parent to child. Zinc is also important in maintaining your ovulation cycle by regulating normal hormone function, cell division and ovulation and for the development of semen in your partner. You can get your daily intake of folic acid from citrus whole grains and legumes.
Iodine is also important for the baby’s development. Women planning a pregnancy should supplement their diet with 150 micrograms of iodine each day to support the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system.
These two are important for bone and teeth development. While calcium forms the bone structure, Vitamin D is Calcium’s transportation means to the bones. Drink lots of milk and bone soup and eat lots of green leafy vegetables to ensure you have enough supply for you and when the baby comes along.
During pregnancy, the doctor will supplement iron as required for optimal foetal growth and development. Iron is necessary for the formation of the molecule in the red blood cells called hemoglobin that transports oxygen around the body. Without enough oxygen, your cells, tissues, and organs won’t work well which will affect your fertility and pregnancy. Eating plenty of foods rich in iron like nuts and cereal, dark green leafy vegetables, baked potatoes, and meats will boost your reserves improving fertility.
Vitamin B6 has been seen to help with nausea when taken before pregnancy and even during pregnancy but should be under the guidance of your ob/gyn.
In addition to diet, participate in adequate physical activity as other factors such as being overweight or underweight can lead to menstruation disorders can affect ovulation that will lower your chances of getting pregnant.
Finally, supplements might help you get an adequate amount of essential nutrients needed, however, don’t decide to take supplements before consulting a healthcare provider as toxicity may occur when the wrong supplement or wrong dose is taken.
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