To have a baby by our own is one of the wonders of motherhood. But lately there’s been an increase of women who are unable to conceive, mainly due to the environment that we are living in instead of genetics in the older times. But fortunately, we can counter it by taking vitamin supplements to improve our fertility to conceive quicker.
Improper diet, polluted air, and unhealthy lifestyle are all the main causes of infertility in women today. Other possible factors that affect the women’s ability to conceive are disorder during ovulation, damage in fallopian tubes (wither one or both), endometriosis, and simply because of age. Studies have shown that taking extra vitamins is vital in maintaining the health of our fertility as they balance our hormones needed to conceive as well as keeping our nervous system and inner organs to work at their optimal level.
With proper nutrition and vitamins, together with a healthy lifestyle can increase our chances to conceive a child. So what are the vitamins that we need to take?
According to the Natural Health for Fertility, vitamin C is a potent water-soluble anti-oxidant that improves our hormone levels and balances them as well as keeping our immune system healthy. It’s also increases our fertility and helps to absorb iron (also needed to conceive) by increasing absorption rate during a luteal phase defect. Although the benefits of vitamin C are numerous, one should avoid taking large doses of it as it can dry up cervical fluid and creating an acidic environment in our vagina, preventing the sperm from reaching the ovum thus the recommended dose to be taken daily is between 700 to 1000mg. And vitamin C is not just for women, our male partner also need to take vitamin C as it can prevents the semen from clumping so take at 1000mg daily for optimum health of the sperm.
This vitamin is vital for utilizing proteins, other vitamins, and minerals. One can get enough of this vitamin from foods such as egg yolks, liver, and cod liver oil. The recommended daily intake of vitamin A is 5000 to 10000IU. Be careful of taking extra amount of vitamin A as it can cause birth defects during pregnancy.
Also known as tocopherol, vitamin E is essential for both men and women. For women basically it helps with the endocrine system and helps to absorb essential fatty acids to be utilized by your body. As for men, this vitamin protects the sperm from mutations as well as the production of the sperm and essential sexual hormones. The daily recommended intake of vitamin E is 400IU daily.
Another essential vitamin, folic acid is known to prevent defects in the neural tube in the baby especially spina bifida (affecting one in every 1000 newborns in the States) and increasing the chances of miscarriage. By taking the recommended dose of folic acid daily (400mcg), one can reduce the chances of spina bifida by 50%.
Also known as pyridoxine, this water – soluble vitamin is vital to restore our hormones back to balance and increasing fertility. B6 also balances the progesterone levels among women that are having problems conceiving and lengthening the luteal phase in women (the time from you ovulating to menstruation) that should last between 11 to 16 days to increase the chances of conceiving.
Take some of these vitamins at the recommended dose to increase your chances to have a baby of your own.