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Why Take Prenatal Vitamins When Trying to Get Pregnant?

Vitamins when Trying to Get PregnantWhen you’re trying to conceive, you should start taking prenatal vitamins every day. Although we normally associate prenatal multivitamins with pregnant women, studies have shown that women trying to get pregnant can also benefit from taking these vitamins.

Although you can meet your nutritional needs through a balanced and healthy diet, busy family lives and demanding careers can make healthy eating nearly impossible. Most women don’t get all the nutrients and vitamins that their body needs by food alone. They need a prenatal vitamin to improve their odds of getting pregnant.

Did you know that a lack of nutrients and vitamins in your diet can lead to infertility? When you don’t get all the nutrients that your body needs, your menstrual cycle can be thrown out of whack and you can experience irregular periods and ovulation problems, as a result. So when you’re trying to get pregnant, take a prenatal vitamin every day to improve your odds of conceiving.

Think of your prenatal vitamins as a safeguard, or an insurance policy, that ensures that you’re getting all the nutrients that you need for a healthy body, and a healthy reproductive system.

Taking a Prenatal Vitamin Helps You Get Pregnant Faster

In a 2011 study, published in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online, found that women who are undergoing fertility treatments are more likely to conceive when they take a prenatal multivitamin supplement every day.

The study found that women who take a prenatal multivitamin were more likely to get pregnant, and 60 percent were still pregnant three months later. These women were also more likely to have fewer fertility treatments. Three-fourths of them got pregnant on the first cycle of their fertility treatment.

Because prenatal vitamins don’t have any side effects or harm effects, if you’re trying to conceive (TTC), it’s a good idea to start taking a prenatal vitamin every day.

Why Take Prenatal Vitamins, Not Regular Vitamins When TTC?

When you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s a good idea to switch to a prenatal vitamin. Regular over-the-counter multivitamins are fine when pregnancy isn’t on your mind. But when you’re TTC, the mega-doses of vitamins and minerals in a regular multivitamin can be harmful to the unborn baby.

Fat soluble vitamins – including vitamins A, D, E, and K – can build up to very high, toxic levels when you take too much. These vitamins are stored in your body. If you accidentally get pregnant, and you’re taking too much vitamin A, this can cause birth defects and other problems. For this reason, you need to switch to prenatal vitamins when you’re trying to conceive.

Get Lots of Folic Acid When Trying to Conceive

If you are TTC, you need to start taking a prenatal multivitamin with at least 600 micrograms of folic acid. This water-soluble B-vitamin has been proven to decrease your baby’s risk of neural tube defects. All women trying to get pregnant need to start taking a folic acid supplement, or a prenatal vitamin, at least one month before you conceive.

Neural tube defects often develop in the very early weeks of pregnancy, before a missed period, and before you know that you’ve conceived. A lack of folic acid (or folate) in your diet can increase your risk, so you definitely need to get this vitamin in your diet when you’re trying to get pregnant.

In addition to finding a prenatal vitamin with 600 to 800 micrograms of folic acid, you should eat plenty of folate-rich foods and vegetables, including spinach and other leafy green vegetables, oranges and citrus fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fortified cereals and breads.

Zinc Increases Fertility

An essential mineral that you need to get in your diet when trying to conceive is zinc. Most people are deficient in zinc, since the mineral is striped out of many foods during the refining and manufacturing process. Studies have shown that zinc actually increases fertility for both men and women. In men, zinc boosts healthy sperm production. In women, zinc promotes healthy cell division, which is crucial in the early stages of conception and fetal development.

A good prenatal vitamin should include zinc, but make sure that you also load up on zinc-rich foods when you’re trying to get pregnant. This includes fish, pumpkin seed, mangoes, and oysters.

What’s the Best Prenatal Vitamin?

I can’t recommend any specific brand of prenatal vitamin. You need to talk to your healthcare provider or OB/GYN about what he or she recommends in your individual case.

Keep in mind that not all prenatal vitamins are created equal, so you need to find one that contains at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Your prenatal multivitamin needs to also contain vitamin D, calcium, vitamin C, thiamine and riboflavin, niacine, vitamin B12, vitamin E, zinc and iron.

Women react differently to the various types of prenatal vitamins. Your prenatal vitamin can make you nauseous, so you may want to talk to your doctor about what’s best for you. For some women, they do better with chewable prenatal vitamins or liquid vitamins.

About the author: DP Nguyen is founder and editor of Hip Chick’s Guide to PMS, Pregnancy and Babies. She’s an expert pregnancy and women’s health blogger. She is NOT a medical doctor and does NOT offer medical advice. Connect with her on Google+, Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Apple June 9, 2016, 6:43 pm

    Ladies be sure to speak with a physician before trying to concieve period!! A healthy tip is to include folic acid in your diet, folic acid plus prenatal vitamin increases your chances of conception, (metformin) yes I know is a drug that is used to treat diabetes but has been a great aide in speeding up fertility so give these tips a try and speak to your physician asap! good luck let me know if it works.. also if you smoke drink or eat unhealthy stop immediately! when ttc you are to treat the body as if your already pregnant happy baby making ladies and good luck don’t give up! !

  • Kisha James June 6, 2016, 3:49 pm

    I had bought some prenatal vitamins yesterday. Me and my fiance been trying to have a baby since 2011 and no luck yet. By the way I have an five year old from my previous relationship. So me and my fiance trying to have a baby together. Since we getting married in July 2017. So it would be nice it for us to have a child together. Can someone please help me and give me some good advise on what to do ?. By the was have experiencing irregular period. Since I had my daughter in 2010

    • Jamilygrayson@gmail.com June 25, 2016, 6:28 am

      Hey, just thought it was cool that we both gave birth in 2010, children are 5 and we’re both TTC. Best advice is to make sure you and your fiancé of course are taking care of your bodies and one another, take your pre natel vitamins, and have sex every other day or at least once a day during your fertility stage. That way you can’t miss it…

    • Vania July 26, 2016, 1:53 pm

      you should try Preseed

  • Wilson-Hairston May 31, 2016, 12:54 am

    Hi my boyfriend and I have been trying to have a baby for about 9-10 months now still nothing. I just bought some prenatal vitamins today. It is nature made prenatal multi + dha. Today is my first day taking them. Hopefully we will be conceiving soon. This will be my first child if it works. Pray for us please. I read a lot of good reviews on this product, so please pray for us and if you have any tip for a first time ttc please inform me !! Thank you

  • Claudia April 26, 2016, 11:16 pm

    I HAVE 16 YRS TRYING TO HAVE A BABY TOOK CLOMUD DID IFV AND STILL WAITING I WANT A BABY NOW I STARTED PRENATAL VITAMINS..

  • Gabrielle lewis April 18, 2016, 10:10 pm

    I 20 and me and my boyfriend being trying to conceive for months ca

  • Gabrielle lewis April 18, 2016, 10:09 pm

    I 20 and me and my boyfriend being trying to conceive for months

  • SAT April 4, 2016, 9:48 am

    I am 38 years old ,please help me i want to have children.

  • Heather March 29, 2016, 6:48 pm

    I just started my vitamins today! Hopefully, soon I will become pregnant!!

    • Rodshekia Howard April 14, 2016, 12:53 pm

      I sure hope I am too

  • ReRe February 9, 2016, 12:12 pm

    I just wondering what kind of prenatural vitamins? But I had problem with my cyst ovarian so I been sex with my boyfriend for 2 years. I can’t get pregnant. I’m 28 years old.

  • sheckeita December 21, 2015, 9:56 pm

    I have irregular periods I have been trying almost 2years to get pregnant nothing yet I started taking natural bounty prenatal vitamins had 5 vitamins so far hopefully something work

  • ProudMom December 20, 2015, 2:48 pm

    I’m a proud mother of two girls and have two step daughters my fiancé and I are ttc hoping for a boy my friend told me about taking prenatal pills she did it for a month and next month she conceived I hope this works for us bc my fiancé is a heavy smoker and I don’t smoke but don’t know if that will affect us but which I don’t see that being a problem due he already has two but I will take all 60 of pills and pray after that something happens wish us luck and hopefully in 60days I be saying I’m expecting

  • sharrie December 19, 2015, 2:43 pm

    Hi my name is sharrise and me n my husband r ready to have a baby b4 2 years bc my wedding is in 2 years so I just started taken one a day prenatal with dha and would like to know if that will help me and my husband with a baby we been together for 5 years now and been trying for about 3 years now my period stops ever 2 to 3 mouths then comes back like around the 4 mouth I would like to know what should we do r I do…

    • Apple June 9, 2016, 6:34 pm

      Hello I saw your comment and wanted to alert you to speak with a doctor a sign of irregular periods is definitely not a helping factor when trying to conceive so be sure to speak with a physician also a healthy tip is to include folic acid in your diet folic acid plus prenatal vitamin increases your chances of conception also metformin yes I know is a drug that is used to treat diabetes but has also been a great aide in speeding up fertility so give these tips a try and speak to your physician asap and good luck let me know if it works..

  • shay December 5, 2015, 11:29 pm

    Hi, I am not due to start my period for 12 more days. My husband and I have have been trying to concieve after coming off the depo shot in Feb of this year. Last month I experienced a chemical preg. We are still trying. I’ve just come out of ovulation period. And today I’ve noticed some tenderness in breasts, cramping here and there, like menstrual but not as severe. Headaches and haven’t had a bowel movement in 2 days. Does this sound like I could possibly be preg??

    • Coco February 4, 2016, 10:34 am

      Yes it’s a sign

  • Mikaila August 10, 2015, 5:30 pm

    I am trying to conceive I just started take prenatal vitamins today and everyone please pray it works I’m working on my first child

    • Kylar Osborn February 19, 2016, 8:17 am

      I’m right there with you hun!! Praying for us both !

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  • kedibone July 10, 2015, 2:56 pm

    I’m enjoying dis !! I think will buy the vitamin 2mrw mrng maybe it will help me hy!!!

  • theresa spalding March 30, 2015, 12:20 pm

    I have 2 kids and me and my man are trying to have a child together we been trying for month and so far nothing.so I bought prenatal vitamins to see if that would help. I’m 34 years old and I’m trying to have one more before I get any older. Any ideas

  • Vivian Navarro March 10, 2015, 1:55 pm

    I’m 39 and I’m trying to get pregnant . I’ve been trying for 2 years now ? Should I go see a professional ( mind you I already have 3 children)

  • kate March 2, 2015, 2:26 pm

    I am 35 years old and I was diagnosed with poor ovarian reserve and very bad prognosis of having a baby with my own eggs. I was even given the option to consider donor eggs. That was around july 2014. I was absolutely devastated with the news and I arranged an IVF for November 2014 and it failed also, given that I had nothing to lose, I contacted on facebook (Oduduwa Ajakaye) and he send me his herbal product,. Believe it or not… I am already pregnant!

    • Madelyn Rodriguez July 11, 2015, 12:07 pm

      Hi. I’m having the same problem.

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  • linda May 24, 2013, 3:03 pm

    My name is Linda am 27years old i have a baby girl who is 4 an a half. i had a ectopic pregnancy in 2008 and lost my right fallopian tube. I’m trying to get pregnant but its not working naturally. when i am on my periods i feel sad of my life ,im really disappointment. i have read so many things on how to get pregnant i did my exercise and i took my vitamins regularly but steel no good news until i saw some comments and testimonies on some ladies testifying how ashra has helped them got their baby by casting a pregnancy spell for them ,i dicided to copy the email addres of this great spell caster and i sent him an email and told him everything and that i lost my right tube if it was steel posible he replied my mail with such words of hope and immediately i felt peace and hope within me ,i did all he asked me to do and i he bought some items which he used to perform the pregnancy spell and immediately he told me to make love to my husband anytime i want which i did , i just came from the doctor now and it is confirm that am 5weeks pregnant am so happy and i cant wait to carry my baby and breast milk my own child once again ,as i write this now i have tears of joy runin down my chick,if any one out there is passing true similar situation my advice is dont wait and suffer anymore contact ashra spell temple on email :ashraspelltemple@gmail.com or his personal number +2348058176311.
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    • milissa July 10, 2015, 12:51 am

      Hi, I just saw the letter of some of u who sent an email to Dr Asha, I have now just sent him an email and can now only wait for a response. I am 37 and am trying for a second child, I waited 8yrs for my first. I hope he can help me as I am situated in SA.

    • misty Colbert December 29, 2015, 7:09 pm

      My name is misty. And I been having problems getting pregnant too. I’ve been trying for 9 years and still nothing. Please help

  • KN September 28, 2012, 10:56 am

    Thank you! I was skeptical about taking vitamins but now I am taking them. Thank you!

  • aja February 12, 2012, 12:56 am

    i enjoyed reading this! i was in doubt of taking my prenatals but this was encouraging! thanks!

  • Vitamin B12 December 19, 2011, 5:23 pm

    Can you get too much B12 in the diet during pregnancy? I know the minimum is 2.8 mcg, but the body doesn’t absorb it all. Is the usual 10 mcg in most vitamin pills enough?

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