Vitamins to Help You Get Pregnant

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When you are trying to get pregnant, there are lots of things you need to know. One of the important things to make sure of when you are trying to conceive is that you need to make sure that you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals that you need to help yourself get pregnant. Read on for the most important vitamins for fertility.

1. Folic Acid

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Folic acid is one of the most important vitamins that a woman can have to help herself get pregnant. The American Pregnancy Association recommends that all women of childbearing age consume about 400 micrograms of folic acid a day every day. This vitamin makes extra blood for your body during pregnancy and it decreases the possibility of a neural tube defect (a problem in baby’s spinal cord).

2. Zinc

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Zinc is an important vitamin for both men and women who are trying to conceive. Zinc contributes to ovulation and fertility in women and also semen and testosterone production in men, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health recommends that men receive a daily intake of 11 mg of zinc and women take 8 mg. Oysters have more zinc per serving than any other food, but you can also consume other foods rich in zinc like whole grains, other kinds of seafood, beans and dairy products.

3. Prenatals

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If you are trying to conceive, a prenatal vitamin is one of the best things that you can get. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin can give you a great boost for your fertility and can help to bridge any nutritional gaps that you might possibly have.

4. Iron

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Iron is another very important nutrient that is great for boosting fertility. Women who are not getting enough iron need to make sure to check into an iron supplement when they start trying to conceive. Women’s recommended iron intake is 18 mg a day, but pregnant women need around 27 mg daily.

5. Calcium

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Women who are trying to conceive definitely need to pay attention to their calcium intake. Nutrition experts recommend that women looking to get pregnant should consume around 1,000 mg a day, because when you do become pregnant your growing baby will need calcium. That is a huge amount of calcium, so make sure to ask your doctor if you need an additional calcium supplement in addition to your prenatal vitamin.

6. Vitamin E

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Vitamin E is great vitamin for male fertility. In studies, vitamin E has been shown to improve sperm health and motility in men. If you think that your guy could use a sperm boost, add some vitamin E to his daily diet.

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.