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  • These 6 Vitamins May Help Improve Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant

    A vitamin-rich diet can help prepare your body for pregnancy.
    by Kate Borbon .
These 6 Vitamins May Help Improve Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant
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  • One way to prepare your body for pregnancy is to make sure you get all the nutrients that can help protect your health and that of your future child. Experts say that couples who want to have a baby may benefit from including certain vitamins in their diet. Below are some vitamins to get pregnant that can help improve your chances of conceiving.

    Don’t forget to consult your doctor first before taking supplements containing any of these vitamins.

    6 vitamins that may help you get pregnant

    Folic acid

    Among the types of vitamins to get pregnant, one that might be popular is folic acid, which is known to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida in a developing baby. The Bump also says folic acid has been found to increase fertility rates. For this reason, experts recommend that all women of reproductive age, regardless of whether they are trying to get pregnant or not, should take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily.

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    According to Parents, folic acid may also help improve men’s fertility. A study from the University of California, Berkeley concluded that men who had higher levels of folic acid in their diet experienced over 20% reduction in the number of their abnormal sperm compared to men whose diets had low folic acid levels.

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    Types of foods with folic acid include beans, green leafy vegetables, orange juice, and fortified cereals. You may find it helpful to take folic acid supplements, but make sure to consult your doctor before doing so.

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    Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

    CoQ10 is a natural enzyme that has been known to promote heart health and might be a helpful vitamin to get pregnant, especially for women over 40 years old. Aumatma Shah, M.D., a naturopathic doctor and nutritionist, tells The Bump that the benefits of CoQ10 include optimizing egg quality and thickening the uterine lining (women with thin uterine lining may find it more difficult to conceive).

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    Healthline says that CoQ10 could also help men who want to conceive. Research claims that supplementing with CoQ10 may improve sperm quality, activity, and concentration by increasing antioxidant protection. Foods with CoQ10 include organ meats (e.g., heart, liver, and kidney), spinach, broccoli, and sesame seeds.

    Selenium

    According to Parents, selenium is a great vitamin to get pregnant because it aids estrogen metabolism in women and sperm motility in men. It may also help protect the egg cells from free radicals that could ruin their quality. Dr. Shah tells The Bump that selenium can help promote healthy uterine follicles, where egg cells are developed and released.

    To obtain the selenium you need, include foods like green leafy vegetables, whole grains, Brazil nuts, and fish like yellowfin tuna, sardines, and salmon in your daily diet.

    Vitamin D

    Vitamin D might be a great vitamin to get pregnant because it can facilitate the proper production of sex hormones. University of Southern California Fertility notes that vitamin D, also known as calcitriol, can control the genes involved in making estrogen and in embryo implantation.

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    One great way to get the vitamin D you need is by getting some sun. You may also eat foods like oily fish (e.g., salmon, sardines, mackerel), red meat, and eggs. Some types of cereals and dairy products may also be fortified with vitamin D, says the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom (UK).

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    Vitamin E

    Parents notes that according to some experts, vitamin E is a necessary vitamin to get pregnant because it is found in the fluid around a woman’s developing egg cells. Dr. Shah also tells The Bump that vitamin E can help repair cells, making it an effective fertility vitamin.

    “Vitamin E is an essential nutrient for ovaries and also acts as an anti-aging antioxidant. For women who are trying to conceive later in life, they may benefit from supplementing with Vitamin E so that they can support egg quality, which is core to being able to conceive and carry to term,” she explains.

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    For men, meanwhile, vitamin E can help boost sperm health. This vitamin can be found in foods like avocados, sweet potatoes, almonds, peanuts, and green leafy vegetables.

    Omega-3 fatty acids

    Last on our list of vitamins to get pregnant are omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to help aid the ovarian follicles in releasing egg cells, increase blood flow to the uterus, and balance the hormones, according to Parents. Preliminary studies have found that these nutrients may also help in a fetus’s brain development and even in intelligence quotient (IQ).

    Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in salmon, sardines, flax seeds and flaxseed oil, walnuts, spinach, and eggs from chickens that are fed omega-3s.

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