When you are trying to get pregnant, or if you have become pregnant, you need to pay greater attention to your health. It isn’t just about you now is it? You are trying to have a baby, or perhaps you already have a little miracle that is growing inside you right now and you want to make sure to give your baby the best chance.
There are supplements you can take that can help with preconception and pregnancy but always make sure to speak with your doctor first.
Never try anything on your own. Get proper medical advice, but by all means, if you want to try something, run it by your fertility clinic that can help you work out a plan. Let’s take a closer look at some of the supplements that can help during preconception and pregnancy.
1. Multivitamin & Minerals
Though this is probably considered a given, you do need to be careful with your selection process. There are different qualities when it comes to multivitamins. The less expensive ones may contain certain things that may not be as easily absorbed. Vitamin A may be found as preformed vitamin A or beta-carotene. Increased preformed vitamin A can cause birth defects. You should not get more than 10,000 IU every day from whatever sources you choose. This is why it is important to get a good brand that is recommended by your doctor and not browse the isles looking for the cheapest price.
2. Folic Acid
In preconception and for pregnancy, one of the most important nutrients is folic acid. In fact, it is probably more important to take this before pregnancy than at any other time. Folic acid helps to prevent birth defects of the brain, spine and spinal cord. The first six weeks of fetal development is when this can happen, so folic acid is incredibly important.
However, many women cannot seem to convert folic acid to its usable form, a figure estimated as high as 50%, so basically, that’s one out of two women. The answer is to take it as methylated folate, which is a more usable form. On a label, this could be “methyl-folate” or “5-methyl-tetrahydrafolate” or “5-MTHF”.
3. Calcium & Magnesium
A woman’s calcium needs will have to increase during pregnancy because there’s someone very special whose bones and tissues are growing! Leg cramps are quite common in pregnant women and magnesium can help with that. The calcium and magnesium ratio should be 2:1. so for example, 1000mg of calcium and 500mg of magnesium.
4. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for many reasons, including proper immune function and bone development. Many people are actually deficient in vitamin D and have no idea that they are until it they are told after a blood test. You can go for years without realizing it. The ‘normal’ range is 30-100, but even if you are at 35, this can be considered low. An optimal range would be around 60-80.
Probiotics and essential fatty acids are also important so make sure to check the right amounts you require with your doctor. Make sure to ask for recommendations so that you can get good brands of supplements that are easily absorbed by your body to keep you and your growing baby healthy.