Does vitamins help to get pregnant?
Being healthy is essential when you want to become a mother. But poor urban habits, bad eating habits, or endocrine disruptions can have a negative effect on fertility. To resolve this, taking prenatal vitamins can help you, as they prepare the body for pregnancy and promote the accumulation of nutrients necessary for baby’s development. Let’s take a look at the different vitamins that exist to get pregnant, and how to consume them.
Folic Acid is essential because it is the most important vitamin for getting pregnant. Folic acid is involved in the production of genetic material (DNA) in sperm and eggs. Also called vitamin B9 or folates, folic acid is therefore beneficial to the future mother, but also to the future father!
This vitamin B9 will also contribute to the health of the unborn baby, since it helps the proper development of his immune and nervous systems. In this way, it limits the risk of malformations of the spinal cord and brain.
This vitamin is found in many foods such as kale, lentils and beans, but it can also be taken in tablet form. As it is recommended, every mother-to-be should start taking folic acid at least 3 months before conception, MyBuBelly sends you a monthly box at the beginning of the program containing the daily dose needed to help you get pregnant.
Vitamin D is also essential, both for you and for the future father. Indeed, it promotes the formation of female and male sex hormones.
In the expectant mother, it stimulates progesterone and contributes to the production of estrogen. In the future father, it improves the life span of sperm cells. This will considerably increase your chances of getting pregnant! And its positive effects do not stop there: during pregnancy, vitamin D reduces the risk of premature delivery. Don’t neglect it, as a low vitamin D supply can sometimes lead to complications such as gestational diabetes or high blood pressure.
Our advice for your body to produce it naturally: spend time outside, exposed to sunlight! 10 to 15 minutes a day ensures you a solid supply of Vitamin D. You can also find it in eggs or fatty fish.
Another essential vitamin: vitamin E. It improves the quality of the sperm and the environment of the cervical mucosa, which will then be more favourable to sperm survival. It also helps to improve the thickness of the blood that supplies the uterus. It is a powerful ally in the fertilization process.
Before getting pregnant, you can consume between 100 and 250 mg per day, and during pregnancy, you should only take 15 mg per day.
You can find it in green vegetables, avocados, asparagus, almonds, tomatoes, raw vegetable oils, olives, spinach and nuts.
Thanks to its antioxidant effects, vitamin C is very important for both future parents. In expectant mothers, it increases hormone levels. And in future fathers, it helps to improve sperm and prevent the degradation of the genetic material contained in sperm.
To get pregnant, you will have to be very careful in its consumption, because exceeding 1000 mg per day can have the opposite effect on the body, and more precisely on the fertilization of the egg.
You can find it in foods such as citrus fruits, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli and cabbage.
Since the chances of conceiving are higher when you target ovulation, you should not neglect vitamin B6! It increases the duration of the luteal phase during menstrual cycles, a phase in which the uterus is very receptive to fertilization and implantation of the egg and embryo. It also ensures the regularity of cycles, which allows you to better locate your ovulation date.
You can find it in bananas, tuna, broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, turkey, salmon, spinach, cod, cauliflower, garlic and Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin B12 is also known to ensure the balance and quality of reproductive hormones. It can also help to avoid male infertility and anovulation (absence of ovulation). Indeed, in men, it maintains functional sperm cells in large numbers. And in women, it thickens the uterine mucosa and promotes ovulation.
Vitamin B12 is also very important after pregnancy. It will prevent developmental abnormalities in babies, such as mental retardation or autism.
You will find it in foods such as oysters, beef, lamb, cheese, eggs, fish and fish eggs, crab and lobster.
They are also important: not only do they contribute to your good health, but they will also help you choose the sex of your future baby. As nutritionist Raphaël Gruman explains, “these food supplements will help boost the Ph to have the one that matches the desired gender for your child. In addition to dietary recommendations, the daily intake of minerals will help lower or acidify the Ph.” He explains that “calcium and magnesium doses will help lower the pH to increase the chances of getting pregnant by a girl”. On the contrary, sodium and potassium will “lower the pH and increase the chances of having a baby boy”.
Other pro-fertility nutrients
Other nutrients are very important for your health, and for your chances of conception. Both before and during pregnancy, it is important to have a good iron intake, for example. Indeed, iron is essential to the production of blood.
Zinc contains more than 300 enzymes that help the body function properly. It is also an important element of DNA that helps cell division. You can find them in beef, lamb, turkey, yogurt, shrimps and peas.
And finally, omega-3 fatty acids are involved in regulating the body’s hormones. Not produced by the body, you will find them in lentils, white beans, spinach and many other products.
Diet therefore has a very strong influence on fertility and can really help to get pregnant. However, it is necessary to remain vigilant when following a diet to become pregnant. MyBuBelly helps you make the right food choices, to help you get pregnant, while allowing you to identify the best times to conceive, based on your ovulation.