Prepare for Conception with A Multivitamin
Could poor nutrition affect your fertility?
It most certainly can! There have been a host of studies focused on the relation between nutrition and fertility, including the process of ovulation. These studies all conclude that a healthy diet is essential to better fertility. Being less than properly nourished affects the entire body, including reproductive and immune function.
This is one of the ways that you can influence the health of your eggs. What you eat today will affect the health of the egg which you will ovulate in three months.
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Should you take a multivitamin?
Ask yourself these questions:
Do you tend to skip meals; especially one or more a day?
Do you have any food allergies or intolerances?
Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
Are you under a lot of stress, either at work or at home?
Do you eat a lot of processed foods?
Do you eat at least 2 servings of fruits a day?
Do you eat at least 3 servings of vegetables a day?
Do you get sick often?
During your period do you have dark blood, cramps, or blood clots?
Do you get enough sleep on a regular basis?
Do you eat at least one serving of dark leafy greens a day?
How does one choose the best multivitamin?
A 100% whole food prenatal vitamin is the best kind to take when preparing for pregnancy.
When you are shopping for the best multivitamin, there are a few options.
- 100% Whole Foods
- Whole Food Based
Personally, my first choice would be vitamins from 100% whole food; the way your body is designed to get your nutrients - isolated nutrients are not used as efficiently.
Women who are planning to become pregnant should take a prenatal multivitamin. 100% whole food prenatal vitamins have all of the necessary nutrients for reproductive health, along with nutrients which can help to prevent birth defects.
The benefits of taking a 100% whole food multivitamin include:
Absorption - the nutrients are absorbed by your body just as they would be from a nutritious meal.
You cannot overdose on them - Some vitamins and minerals are toxic if taken on too high of a dose. Too much iron, for example, can cause constipation and toxicity. 100% whole food vitamins contain the necessary ingredients to ensure that the nutrients go where they need to be. These vitamins include not just vitamins and minerals, but also enzymes and other catalysts which help your body to use them efficiently.
Avoid Isolated Vitamins And Minerals
You should stay away from isolated nutrients like you find in those bottles of cheap vitamins at wholesale stores and pharmacies. These are far less helpful than whole food vitamins: your body doesn't need just vitamin C, it needs a full complement of vitamins. Get your vitamin C and other nutritional supplements from whole food concentrates instead. A full spectrum package will give you lots of vitamin C, along with antioxidants, phytonutrients and other compounds which will boost your fertility.
What should you look for in a multivitamin?
You should look for these vitamins and minerals which are essential for fertility and ensuring a healthy baby.
When you are planning to conceive, you need to build up calcium in your body. Once you become pregnant you should have an ample store of calcium to ensure that you and your baby are getting the calcium needed for good health.
Calcium also helps to alkalize the body, which is good for both sperm and fertilized egg.
- Improves hormone levels*
- Promotes immune system function*
- Helps the absorption of iron by the body*
"A study published in Fertility and Sterility states that vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect."
- Aids in the absorption of other essential fats which help to produce the right hormonal balance*
- Antioxidants which can help to protect your eggs*
- Iron is a blood building nutrient that helps increase fertility by balancing ovulation.
"In a study of women who were having difficulty ovulating, 40% became fertile after taking iron supplements."
The best way to get iron is from a food based supplement. Synthetic versions can cause constipation.
- Vitamin A is essential for the absorbtion and use of proteins, minerals and other vitamins*
Folic acid has been proven to prevent spina bifida.
Folic acid is a nutrient which it is essential to take before pregnancy and all during your pregnancy as well. Not only folic acid, but all of the vitamins making up the B complex are important to make sure that your baby is born with its genes intact. 400mcg per day is the recommended dosage for this nutrient.
PABA is part of the B-Complex family.
In a 1942 study, it was reported that 75% of women that were taking PABA became pregnant.
Choosing the best multivitamin
When you are looking for vitamins and supplements remember these two things:
- Not all multivitamins are created equal
- You really do get what you pay for
This means that a one-a-day multivitamin from some discount behemoth isn't going to do the job of preparing for a healthy pregnancy. Toss those - even those healthy looking vitamins from Trader Joe's aren't what you need for pregnancy preparation. There is a huge difference between a high quality vitamin and a cheap multivitamin from a discount chain.
Avoid any unnecessary ingredients; avoid all those fillers, colors and preservatives.
- These are made from 100% Whole Food
- They Do not cause stomach upset
- These vitamins can be taken into pregnancy and beyond
Looking For More Info and Support?
I hope you found this article helpful. If you end up having any questions I would suggest for you to join the Natural Fertility Community and post them there. Not only will you have access to natural fertility speciallists, but you can also get feedback and support from women who are going through the same experience as you.
I wish you the best on your journey and look forward to hearing about your BFP!
All the best,
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