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There are vitamins needed when trying to conceive. There are a lot of them out there but listed below the ones that should be at the top of your list.
When my husband and I started trying to get pregnant, we didn’t take vitamins seriously. However, when our efforts are going nowhere, I began to research for things I can do to help us conceive. That’s when I started looking into vitamins more closely. Some of the information below were from Fertility Facts, Natural Fertility Info and Livestrong.
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Vitamins Needed When Trying To Conceive
This vitamin increases sex hormones which consequently increases ovulation. It stimulates estrogen and progesterone. Eggs, liver oil, and fatty fish contain Vitamin D. The American Pregnancy Association states that Vitamin D from prenatal vitamins is not enough especially when you are pregnant. The recommended dose is 4000IU when pregnant.
This vitamin aside from being an antioxidant, it also increases hormone levels thereby increasing fertility. You can find this vitamin in fruits, cranberries, citrus fruits, cabbage, and tomatoes. According to Natural Fertility Info, you should not take more than 750-1000mg/day so as not to make your body acidic. An acidic environment is not conducive for ovulation. My prenatal only contains 60mg, so I had to take 500 mg supplement.
This vitamin is a hormone regulator which decreases PMS and morning sickness. It plays an important role during luteal phase by preparing the uterus for implantation. Some of the natural sources of this vitamin include in tuna, banana, turkey, liver, bell pepper, asparagus, cauliflower, salmon, cod, and spinach. Recommended dose 10mg/day.
This vitamin plays a significant role in the protecting the integrity of the egg. This vitamin is found in the fluid around the egg. You can also get this vitamin from sunflower seed, almonds, olives, papaya and from dark leafy vegetable. Recommended dose 15mg/day.
This vitamin enhances the lining of the uterus which is important during fertilization. It also increases ovulation and decreases miscarriage. Natural sources are seafood such as clams, oysters, caviar, fish, crab, and lobster.It is also in meat such as beef and lamb. Recommended dose 50-100mcg/day.
This vitamin is found only in pineapple, and it helps with implantation. Eat one to two slices per day and make sure you eat some of the core. The center contains the most amount of bromelain.
This vitamin is one of the most important vitamins because it decreases or prevents the risk of neural tube defects in babies. It also reduces low birth weights and preterm delivery. Recommended dose is 400 mcg/day. Spinach, legumes, citrus fruits, and nuts are good sources of this vitamin.
This vitamin is essential for the development of the baby’s bones. It decreases your risk for osteoporosis. Recommended dose is 1000 mg/day. Milk and leafy green vegetable are a good source.
This vitamin helps maintain the immune system. It produces the protein component of the red blood cells, the hemoglobin which carries oxygen to the cells. Recommended dose is 18 mg when you are not pregnant. Red meat, tofu, and dark leafy vegetable are a good source of this vitamin.
I am taking a good prenatal vitamin however it does not contain the recommended dose. Vitamin A, folic acid, and iron are usually sufficient, but Vitamin B6, C, D, E, and Calcium are not enough. So I take supplements(which of course I double-checked with my doctor)to make up the gap. Most prenatal vitamins do not contain the recommended doses so make sure you take supplements with the approval of your doctor.
How about you? Are you taking enough vitamins needed when trying to conceive? What vitamins and supplements are you taking?