Choosing a High-Quality Multi Vitamin for Preconception and Pregnancy
Fertility vitamins can be confusing, and many women either don’t know what to look for in a supplement or they don’t see the need to take vitamins at all.
Let me take some time to explain why vitamin supplements are necessary for increasing fertility and why prenatal vitamins are necessary prior to and during pregnancy for you and your unborn child.
Most women don’t get the vitamins and minerals needed from the food they eat from day to day. We would have to eat a whole lot of fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains in order to get the balance of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to thrive and be our healthiest.
Women’s vitamins are especially important when a woman is trying to conceive and during pregnancy. These are specifically called prenatal vitamins.
Prenatal vitamins supply a rich assortment of vitamins and minerals to help a woman conceive and bring forth a healthy baby. These vitamins and minerals are necessary to help keep our hormones balanced and our nervous system running smoothly as well as keeping all our organs functioning optimally.
Folic acid and vitamin B6 are particularly needed in to improve fertility and create the best possible environment for a healthy pregnancy.
Let me stress – We all need to take a multivitamin and multimineral supplement to make up for what is lacking in the food we eat. Even the best diet in the world will not give you all the nutrients you need for your best chance at getting pregnant and bringing forth an optimally healthy child.
So what do you look for? What are the qualities of the best fertility vitamins and prenatal vitamin supplements?
Well, I’m no expert. But I can tell you what I took that helped me to be more fertile and energetic and have a trouble-free pregnancy.
I looked into several prenatal vitamins before choosing what I believe to be the best multi vitamin supplement that’s all natural and made from organically-grown plant compounds. The other prenatal vitamins were synthetically made with artificial coloring.
I also ate lots of fruits and vegetables and drank a lot of purified water.
Make sure your multivitamin has at least 400 mcg of folic acid (I took 800 mcg daily) in order to prevent neural tube defects in your unborn baby. This neural tube develops within the first month of life, so it’s important to get enough folic acid before you get pregnant.
Vitamin B6 and Fertility
Vitamin B6 is beneficial for fertility in many ways. First, B6 helps regulate and balance hormones as well as blood sugar levels in the body. B6 also helps prevent PMS and morning sickness.
The main fertility benefit of vitamin B6, however, is its ability to prevent and treat a luteal phase defect. (Read more about luteal phase defect here.)
Luteal phase defect occurs when the later portion of the menstrual cycle is too short (less than 10 days long), which can prevent implantation of a fertilized egg and cause an early miscarriage. Obviously, vitamin B6 is crucial here in order to promote fertility and conception.
It’s important to have vitamin B6 in your fertility vitamins, but it is found in many foods as well, including beans, whole grains, meat, and eggs.
* Remember that even the best fertility vitamin supplement won’t replace eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, grains, meats, and drinking lots of purified water.
Both a healthy diet and a great prenatal vitamin supplement are needed to increase your fertility and ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy.