There are many things that you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant, whether you’re trying to conceive naturally or undergoing a fertility treatment such as IVF. The team at the Center for Assisted Reproduction is happy to offer helpful fertility tips and advice on pregnancy to patients at our Bedford and Fort Worth, TX locations
We’d like to take a moment to consider the role vitamins can play in improving your chances of pregnancy. In fact, vitamins can prevent health problems that could lead to pregnancy loss and other issues. Be sure to discuss the use of any dietary supplements with your doctor or fertility specialist.
Multivitamins help cover nutritional shortcomings in your daily diet. By taking a daily multivitamin, women can potentially reduce their chances of ovulation problems, which is key for getting pregnant.
Zinc tends to contribute to female fertility and healthy ovulation. Be sure to take a zinc supplement if recommended to do so by your doctor or fertility specialist.
Also known as CoQ10, lab research has suggested that Coenzyme Q10 can improve egg quality. This may be an essential concern for older women as egg quality tends to be an issue by a woman’s mid-30s.
Folic acid, a B-complex vitamin, is essential for the creation of red blood cells. Having lots of healthy red blood cells during the first weeks of pregnancy can reduce the risk of neural tube defect, a developmental problem that affects a baby’s spinal cord.
Iron is essential in everyone’s diet, especially women. It’s an especially important vitamin for pregnant women since iron is crucial for the production of hemoglobin, which is the oxygen-carrying component of your red blood cells.
Think of vitamin B6 as a preventative measure. Studies have found that if you do successfully conceive, vitamin B6 can help reduce the severity of your morning sickness.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
If you’re undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) or trying to conceive naturally, consider an omega 3 fatty acid supplement. Research has found that omega 3 fatty acids may contribute to better embryo quality.
Preconception Vitamins for Men
Men can take several vitamin supplements as well to help improve their chances of fertility. Keep these in mind:
- Daily Multivitamin - A multivitamin can’t hurt in ensuring proper nutrition each day.
- Zinc - Zinc helps with testosterone production, which can prevent sperm production and sperm quality issues.
- Coenzyme Q10 - CoQ10 can help boost sperm count in men, which is obviously helpful for couples trying to get pregnant.
- Vitamins C and E - These antioxidant nutrients can potentially improve sperm quality.
- L-carnitine - Though to be an energy source for sperm, taking L-carnitine can improve sperm motility.
Vitamins Should Not Replace a Health Diet
While all of the above vitamins can help with conception and the early stage of pregnancy, don’t let them replace a healthy diet. Be sure to eat a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables and fruits. Avoid process foods and instead go for whole grains, healthy fats, and lean sources of protein.
Learn More About Boosting Fertility
If you would like to learn more about starting a family and your options for treatment, contact our team of fertility specialists. The Center for Assisted Reproduction’s Forth Worth office can be reached by phone at (817) 924-1572; the Bedford office can be reached by calling (817) 540-1157. We are here to help you.