You and your partner have made the decision to attempt to get pregnant, and you are already aware of the importance of charting your cycles. However, you may have also been told to take a general prenatal vitamin. But you want to make sure that you get the best ones because they need to have the proper dosages of the important vitamins and minerals that you will need when you are trying to get pregnant. Not only will these supplements increase your chances of conceiving quickly, but they will increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. The following supplements you need to take while you are trying to conceive are:
Folic Acid – This one is one that you are already familiar with, and the importance of folic acid or folate is that it helps prevent neural tube defects in the unborn baby such as spinal bifida. It is recommended to take at least 400 mcg a day of folic acid, as it is beneficial for correcting DNA as well.
Coenzyme Q10 – You may not be aware of the benefits of taking Coenzyme Q10 or CoQ10, but this mineral is highly beneficial for improving both male and female fertility. It helps strengthen the egg and improve egg quality, while it also increases sperm counts. This is one mineral you will want to make sure is in your prenatal vitamin. You will want to take anywhere between 30 mg to 200 mg of this mineral throughout the day.
Iron – You need 27 mg of iron a day because it keeps your red blood cell count high and healthy, which you need in order to keep the oxygen flowing in your blood and organs. Without enough iron, your tissues start dying which will hurt your fertility, and you can develop anemia.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids – You need to get this important fatty acid to help with hormone regulation as well as to keep taking it after pregnancy. It is important for the brain development of the new baby. You can get this through fish and nuts (make sure that you only consume low-mercury fish like salmon, trout, and halibut). It is also very important that you get this important nutrient if you are undergoing IVF because it helps improve the quality of the embryo which will increase the chances of implantation and a successful pregnancy.
Zinc – This is one mineral that you and your partner need to take while trying to conceive because it helps improve egg quality and with ovulation. For your partner, it will help increase his sperm count, quality, and motility. Women need 8 mg of zinc per day, and men need 11 mg of zinc each day. You can get them in supplements if you don’t like oysters since they are rich in zinc. You can also get it from whole grains, dairy products, beans, and legumes, as well as seafood.
Vitamin B6 – This important vitamin can help stave off nausea and morning sickness in early pregnancy if you have enough of it in your system. It is best to consume at least 10 mg of Vitamin B6.
L-carnitine – This mineral is important for men to take more than women when they are trying to conceive because it helps with sperm production, the quality, as well as motility. This can be taken in supplement form as well so go and buy the aspiring dad some L-carnitine supplements so he can make that baby with you much sooner than later.
Calcium – This mineral is extremely important as women need to take in at least 1,000 mg a day. The growing baby will need calcium for the developing bones. However, even more so, the mom to be will need to have the calcium so that her bones are kept strong as the baby will deplete the calcium in mom’s body otherwise. You can take it in supplements, but it is best to get it from food sources as well such as dairy products and green leafy vegetables.
Antioxidants – You can get this from many food sources such as berries and dark chocolate that is at least 70% cacao. Antioxidants help repair tissues in your body, and will, therefore, improve fertility, and keep the unborn baby healthy. The aspiring dad should make sure that he gets enough too because they are good for sperm quality.
These important vitamins and minerals are crucial to take in before attempting to conceive. It is important to get a good-quality prenatal vitamin but you may need to take extra supplements as well! Especially since it is best to take in many of these vitamins and minerals throughout the day. Good luck!