Today we are going to continue our trek on the topic of things you can do to feel in control when you are trying to conceive. If you are having a tough time getting pregnant it can be both stressful, sad, and expensive. No matter what you do, diet change, sex all the time, different positions, IUI, IVF, whatever, it might not work. It is a reality of the situation, but if you are reading this chances are you already know that. You probably totally understand the feeling of loss of control I am talking about.
When you feel like nature is just not working it can be one of the hardest things to deal with.
I have stage 4 endometriosis, it is something I have lived with since I was about 16 years old. Going into adulthood, I knew it was not going to be super easy for me to get pregnant. I also knew that if I wanted kids I should start to think about it in my 20’s vs my 30’s. Again, not that this was totally in my control.
Thankfully I met the man of my dreams in college and we were married and talking about starting a family by my late 20’s. If you read any of my journey to getting pregnant –My Struggle with Infertility – The beginning, My Struggle with Infertility – The IVF Stage, My Struggle with Infertility – Overcoming, you will see that it was never easy for me. We had a lot of hoops we had to jump through before we were blessed with our girls.
I was lucky enough to have a doctor who wanted me to work on myself as much as do medical intervention. He stressed the importance of a healthy lifestyle, exercise, a fertility friendly diet, and OTC supplements as part of our path to pregnancy. More importantly, he worked with me to make sure none of the supplements I was taking would interact poorly with my fertility meds and told me when it was safe to start them and when to stop them in the process.
My point is…while this is wonderful information I am going to share PLEASE consult with a doctor before taking any OTC medications or supplements when TTC. Your body needs to be your temple like never before. While some of these supplements are simply a good idea; others can interact with other meds so be careful. Always talk to a doctor and have a plan. Without my doctor I am not sure either of our miracles would be here today.
When you are struggling to conceive your reproductive specialist can become part of the family, as essential as both you and your partner. But let’s talk about what you can do to make yourself and your body as prepared as possible for trying to get that baby.
These fertility supplements go along with a healthy fertility friendly diet and a good exercise plan. Both are essential when trying to get pregnant.
Again, depending on why you are not conceiving easily you will not need all of these. Some work better than others depending on your situation, talk to your doctor first!
I know how difficult finding some of these supplements can be so I added some links to make your search a bit easier.
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General supplements: In general, these supplements should provide your body with extra vitamins and minerals you might otherwise be lacking in your average diet.
- Prenatal Vitamin – start it now it has a lot of extras you will need – Folic Acid, DHA, etc but you will still need to take other supplements on top of this. Reason being you need the extra boost, not this alone.
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin B complex
- Omega 3 Fatty Acid
- Coq10 – CoEnzyme Q10
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
Supplements found in foods: These supplements can do wonders for your body and your chances of getting pregnant. The best sources are found in foods. Of course other vitamins can be found in different foods, this is why the Fertility Diet is so important.
- Beta Carotene – Carrots, cantaloupe, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and kale
- Bromelain – Pineapples
- Choline -Egg yolks and cauliflower
Next Level Supplements: These are for when you are taking everything, doing everything, eating everything right and it still is not happening. These are a step up from the basics.
- Royal Jelly -This is a product of bees so if you are allergic, do not take!
- Bee Propolis– Again product of bees so do NOT take if you are allergic to Bees!!!
- Vitamin D
- FertilAid for Women or CONCEPTION Fertility Vitamins– There are a bunch of these out there but here are two options. I personally used FertilAid.
- OvaBoost for Egg Quality
When you are having trouble getting pregnant there seem to be some more popular (for lack of a better term) issues. Endometriosis, PCOS, Ovulation problems, poor egg health and sperm issues.
That’s right ladies, a lot of time it can be your husband. Do not forget he is just as important in reproductive health, we will deal with him later. Here are lists for the most common identifiable fertility issues.
- Vitamin D
- Fish Oils
- NAC – N-acetyl-Cysteine
- Myo-Inositol for PCOS
- Evening Primrose Oil – This one needs to be taken VERY specifically
- Prenatal Vitamin
- Vitamin B6, B12, B complex
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Poor Egg Quality Supplements:
These are a some of the best supplements you can take to give yourself the best chance at conceiving. Make sure you discuss the dosage of each supplement with your doctor. Supplements are all about balancing your body. Making sure it is running like the complex machine it is. Taking to much or too little will not have the intended effect.
Adding supplements into my diet helped me feel like I was taking the bull by the horns and taking control of my fate. I needed to know I was doing everything possible to reach my goal of getting that little baby in my arms. Let me know if you have any questions.
Kristin – The Perfectionist Mom
The Vitamins You’ll Need to Conceive – The Bump, Best Vitamins and Nutrients to Aid Conception – Parents Magazine, What is the cause of infertility?— Marilyn Glenville
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