6 Vitamins to Help Get Pregnant






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For women who are trying to get pregnant, but are not ready to see a fertility specialist, vitamins should be taken into consideration. Vitamins are a great “non-medicine” treatment that can actually boost fertility. There are several different vitamins that have been proven to have an effect on fertility. Read on for more info.

1. Folic Acid

Folic Acid is probably the most important vitamin for women who are trying to conceive or who are already pregnant.


The American Pregnancy Association recommends that all women of childbearing age consume about 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. That is even BEFORE you get pregnant, so you should start a folic acid supplement when you are trying to conceive.

The sooner the better. Folic acid helps to prevent against neural tube defects and is very important for the synthesis of both DNA and RNA.

2. Calcium

Another important nutrient for women who want to get pregnant is calcium. Women who are trying to conceive should consume about 1000 mg. of calcium every day.


Calcium is important for all of us, to prevent osteoporosis and help to build strong bones, but it is even more important for women who are trying to conceive. Talk to your doctor about calcium supplements, and see if you need one in addition to a prenatal vitamin.

3. Iron

Iron is another exceptionally important nutrient for women who are trying to conceive. For women who are not pregnant, the recommended daily amount of iron is 18 mg per day. For pregnant women, it’s around 27 mg per day. Why is this such an important nutrient?


Iron is used to make hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells. If your body doesn’t have enough iron, your body’s tissues and organs won’t get the oxygen they need to function properly.

4. Zinc

Not only an important one for women who are trying to conceive, Zinc is an important nutrient for men who want to become dads as well!


This is because zinc contributes to ovulation and fertility in women and also semen and testosterone production in men, according to the American Pregnancy Association.

Men should aim for around 11mg per day, and women should aim for around 8mg per day.

5. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an especially important vitamin for men who want to become dads. In fact, in certain animal studies, Vitamin E deficiency has led to infertility in the animals.


Vitamin E is known to help improve sperm quality, function and motility in dads to be, so it should be considered a very important vitamin.

6. Vitamin C

Last but certainly not least, vitamin C is a very important vitamin when it comes to fertility. It can improve ovulation and even lengthen the luteal phase in some cases!


Vitamin C has also been shown to improve sperm quality and also protect the sperm from DNA damage. Make sure that both you and your guy are taking enough vitamin C if you are trying to conceive.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.