What vitamins should I be taking????

Tonight I’ve been wondering what vitamins should I be taking when trying for a baby. My doctor told me when I came off the depo shot, 8 months ago, that I should be taking folic acid (400mg a day) which I have been doing, it’s not expensive to buy, I picked mine up from my local asda store for a few pounds, I’m sure other shops sell folic acid, with a cheap price tag.

You can also get folic acid from your diet, such as in leafy vegetables, breakfast cereals and bread it’s always best to check the food labels. It is though impossible to make sure you are getting enough folic acid from the food you eat (only way to make sure is to take a supplement)

Why is folic acid good to take?

It can reduce the risk of having a baby with a spinal cord problem, such as spina bifida. This is because a baby’s spinal cord needs a regular supply of folic acid, during early pregnancy. Evidence also shows that folic acid reduces the risk of a baby having heart defects, cleft lip and palate and the risk of premature labour.

After looking online today, I have pretty much gone around in a circle and ended up more confused than I was when I started looking.

From what I have seen online it varies a lot from what people say, there isn’t a clear yes and no as to what to take apart from the folic acid, that seems a must to take at least 3 months before conceiving and keep taking until you are 12 weeks pregnant.

Something I found interesting, is you shouldn’t take vitamin A supplement or any supplement containing vitamin a, due to a risk of harming the baby (birth defects)

Other vitamins people say to take before pregnancy.

Zinc: as this can help with ovulation and fertility in women and also seman and testosterone in men

Coenzyme Q10: there have been studies to show this can help with both female and male fertility.

Omega 3: particularly if you are having IVF. Human body can’t produce it, so need to get from foods, such as fish, plan and nut oils. It is meant help to improve embryo quality.

Iron: pregnant women need 27mg daily, which is more than normal female RDA. Iron is involved in the production of haemoglobin, which is vital for carrying oxygen around the body, and hence will help with the development of the embryo.

Calcium: as all the adverts tell us we need calcium for healthy teeth and bones, therefore it should not be a surprise that the growing foetus also requires it. Meaning that pregnant/and planning women need to raise their intake to allow for this.

Vitamin B6: meant to help prevent morning sickness if taken pre-conception.

You can buy packs of vitamins such as
Vitabotics Pregnacare Conception, Vitabotics Pregnacare Plus and Vitabotics Pregnacare His and Hers they have some of the vitamins in that I have said above. This sounds like a easier way of taking, than taking lots of different supplements.

I am happy to give anything a go, if it means the outcome is to be a baby. I believe that the placebo effect can really work when it comes to pregnancy. So if you think these extra vitamins can work, then maybe they will!

Please feel free to comment if you have any experience in supplements or aids to getting pregnant.


What foods will help us get pregnant???

This blog follows on nicely from my last one about myths and rumours, it’s about the different sorts of foods that can help a couple conceive.

The first thing that seems to come up while researching online, is a large list of things that should be avoided, as they decrease the chance of conception. These are:

  • Cigarettes
  • Alcohol
  • Non-Prescription Drugs
  • Caffeine (tea, coffee, cola, chocolate etc.)
  • Too much Vitamins A, C and D
  • Uncooked Meats and Eggs
  • Soft Cheese
  • Chips
  • Crisps
  • Foods made with white flour
  • Soft drinks and fruit juices

Trans Fats are also something that it is recommended to avoid, as it affects the body’s ability to process sugars, due to its inability to handle insulin. This causes higher blood sugars, which in turn results in decreased fertility. Trans fats are found in a variety of foods, particularly processed and fried foods.

However there is a list of healthy fats sources, which can be eaten and are designed to increase the chance of getting pregnant:

  • Avocados
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Coconut and coconut oil.
  • Fresh, unroasted nuts and seeds (about a handful per day)
  • Wild caught fish
  • Organic eggs

As well as the unhealthy fats, it is also recommended that you avoid processed carbohydrates, again due to the same reason of increased sugar levels.

There are some foods that are naturally rich in complex simple carbohydrates, which are therefore good for the body, and help with fertility:

  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Whole Grain foods
  • Nuts and Seeds

It is also important that you maintain high levels of Folic Acid and Iron, these can be obtained through use of supplements or through a range of foods, such as:

  •  Lentils
  • Chickpeas
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Lima beans
  • Beets
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Oranges
  • Goji berries
  • Spinach
  • Lima beans
  • Lentils
  • Potatoes
  • Navy beans
  • Avocado

So far its all been for the female, here are a few food tips for the men, to help them increase their fertility. The main theme that seems to be running through is that foods that increase in Zinc levels. Foods that have high levels of Zinc are:

  • Oysters
  • Beef
  • Poultry
  • Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Whole Grains
  • Beans

Also anti-oxidants are always beneficial to eat, as they detox the system, however, when trying to get your partner pregnant, they are even better and help with his fertility. Anti-oxidant foods and those which contain vitamins A, C and E, all of which help increase the male fertility:

  • Cranberries
  • Dried Fruit
  • Pomegranates
  • Leafy Greens
  • Carrots
  • Red Peppers
  • Apricots
  • Orange Juice
  • Tomatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Nuts and Seeds

Like with females, there are foods that men should avoid, as they will decrease his fertility. These are:

  • Fatty foods
  • High sugar foods
  • High Mercury fish (swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish, tuna steak and shark)
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Non-prescription Drugs

Here are a few things that we have found online. I hope they help you conceive. If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment.

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