Trying to conceive can be an exciting and emotional time. According to the Mayo Clinic, one of America’s largest non-profit medical centers, certain vitamins are key to a conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy.
Here is a look at what vitamins you should take when trying to get pregnant.
Folic acid is super important when trying to conceive. This vital nutrient is a B complex vitamin found in leafy green vegetables, as well as kidneys and liver. Folic acid helps your body create red blood cells. Not having enough red blood cells, or having those that aren’t formed properly, is a problem.
If you don’t have enough folic acid in your system when you get pregnant, your baby can develop neural tube defects. These defects affect the child’s brain and spine and they can be severe. The two most common types of neural tube defects include anencephaly, where the brain isn’t formed properly, and spina bifida, which affects, you guessed it, the spine! Obviously, getting enough folic acid is key.
Many people have stories of great aunts and grandmothers who said they lost some teeth while pregnant. There’s a reason for that! As some doctors say, the baby took them.
Your infant will get it’s calcium in any way it can while growing in the womb and it’s best if it doesn’t come directly from your own bones. Taking calcium supplements while trying to conceive and throughout your pregnancy can help maintain your own body as a healthy host.
Without enough iron in your system, you can develop a low red blood cell count and low haemoglobin levels. This means your tissues can’t carry around as much oxygen, and your eggs reduce in quality. Healthy eggs are essential to conceiving and so getting enough iron in your diet is paramount when trying to get pregnant.
Vitamins D, C, A and E
If you take a prenatal vitamin in addition to eating a balanced diet, make sure it contains vitamins D, C, A, and E. Each of these plays a vital role in balancing your body and helping you stay healthy.
If you are having trouble conceiving, zinc supplements may help. Zinc helps regulate normal hormone function, as well as your ovulation. Your body doesn’t store zinc and so getting enough in your diet, continually, is important when trying to conceive.
Eating a balanced diet and living a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in maintaining your health for pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about conceiving and stay in communication so you’re on the same page and the right track.