How To Get Pregnant Fast: Step 3 – Supplements To Boost Fertilityby Dr Emma Gray - 16th July, 2018
This is the third in the series How To Get Pregnant Fast and in this article I am going to show you how to use supplements to boost your fertility.
This blog will give you the key facts and highlights but for more details check out the book I have written to accompany this series: How to Get Pregnant Fast by Dr Emma Gray
It is best to get vitamins and minerals from food as it contains thousands of phytochemicals and fibre that work together to promote good health, a process that cannot be duplicated with a pill. However, even the best diet in the world may not contain all the nutrients you need to maximise your chances of conceiving and there is now a substantial body of evidence supporting the use of nutritional supplements in re-balancing hormones, eliminating nutritional deficiencies and improving sperm production and mobility.
Although supplements can support fertility they can unbalance things so before taking large doses of vitamins try to enhance your fertility through your diet for 6 months first and only take them after other fertility tests (semen analysis, HSG to test for open tubes) come back normal.
It is important not to self-prescribe supplements but if you don’t have access to a practitioner who can individually tailor a supplementation programme for you, a good way of identifying vitamin and mineral deficiencies is hair analysis. For more information follow this link: www.naturalhealthpractice.com/Fertility
Once you are pregnant stop all supplements apart from a specially formulated prenatal supplement e.g Vital Essence which offer a different formulation for the 3 different trimesters: www.zitawest.com
In my book you can find a wider range of supplements along with the evidence that supports their effectiveness in boosting fertility. You can also find supplements specifically for Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a short luteal phase and if you are over 35 years old. However, here are some general recommendations for supplements to consider taking daily.
A low dose aspirin per day (formerly called baby aspirin) is thought to help to increase the flow of blood to the ovaries, the uterus, improve the quality of the egg and make the uterine lining healthier, thereby helping with implantation (all of which are sometimes a problem for women over 35).
Doctors will usually tell you to stop taking the baby aspirin after the first trimester as it can interfere with the baby’s blood flow.
This family of vitamins that are necessary to produce the genetic materials DNA and RNA, not only of the egg but also the sperm and so are thought to be essential during the pre-conception period.
Vitamin C: 750mgs
A moderate amount of supplemental vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility. Vitamin C also enhances sperm quality, it is thought, by protecting the sperm’s DNA. It also appears to keep the sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.
DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)
It is thought by some experts that DHA will become as important as Folic Acid for preconception and pregnancy. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid and is beneficial for neurological health, the central nervous system and optical development of a foetus. While it’s not always included in prenatal supplements, it is highly recommended that both pregnant and breastfeeding women take a DHA supplement. DHA can be found in appropriate quantities in fermented cod liver oil.
Folic Acid: 400mgs
It is now known that folic acid can prevent spina bifida in your baby so it is essential that you get plenty, both before and during pregnancy. Together with vitamin B12, folic acid also works to ensure that your baby’s genetic codes are intact.
Good luck on your fertility journey!