Prepare for Conception With a Multivitamin

Prepare for Conception With a Multivitamin

When you begin trying to get pregnant you hear from many different sources that it is a good idea to begin using a prenatal multivitamin before you become pregnant. There are now studies backing this advice. Multivitamins serve as a type of “back up” plan to our diets. While eating a healthy fertility diet is of the utmost importance, it is always a good idea to include a whole food prenatal multivitamin in your program as well.

“A study from Harvard Medical school involving 18,000 women has shown that taking multi vitamins, particularly folic acid, can improve chances of pregnancy…”

That study followed nurses who have hoped to get pregnant for an eight year period. Women who took their multivitamin six times a week were 40% less likely to fail to ovulate than women who took none.

The Importance of Nutrients for Fertility & Pregnancy

Nutrition plays a big roll in having healthy fertility and experiencing a healthy pregnancy. Nutritional deficiencies have been linked to ovulation issues, hormonal imbalances, poor egg health, low sperm count and so much more. We are literally what we eat. Every cell in our bodies that makes up our organs, crates hormones and enzymes that make us function is created by the food we eat and the nutrients we take in. If this is being compromised due to a poor diet or poor digestion the side effects could affect fertility.

Did you know that there are specific nutrients like folic acid that are needed by the young fetus before you can even detect pregnancy, and a deficiency in this nutrient could cause serious birth defects? Another example is iron, iron deficiency and low levels of iron in the blood has been linked to lack of ovulation.

So nutrition does play a big roll in our health, fertility and in pregnancy. Taking a whole food multivitamin daily can help to fill the gaps where I diets may be falling short.

Do You Need to Take a Multivitamin?

Ask yourself these questions

Do you skip one meal or more a day?
Do you have a food allergy or intolerance?
Do you have dark circles under your eyes?
Are you under a lot of stress at home or at work on a regular basis?
Do you eat a lot of processed foods?
Do you eat at least 2 servings of fruits a day?
Do you eat at least 3 servings of vegetables a day?
Do you get sick often?
During your menses do you have dark blood, cramps, or blood clots?
Do you get enough sleep?
Do you eat at least one dark leafy green a day?

Important Nutrients for Fertility

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is needed to help the body create sex hormones which in turn affects ovulation and hormonal balance. Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study of 67 infertile women, where it was discovered that a mere 7% had normal Vitamin D levels.

Vitamin E: Has been shown in studies to improve sperm health and motility in men. Studies have shown a diet deficient in Vitamin E to be a cause of infertility in rats. The meaning of the name for vitamin E ‘Tocopherol’ literally means to bear young. Vitamin E is also an important antioxidant to help protect sperm and egg DNA integrity.

Vitamin C: Vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect, according to a study published in “Fertility and Sterility”. As for men, vitamin C has been shown to improve sperm quality and protect sperm from DNA damage; helping to reduce the change of miscarriage and chromosomal problems. Vitamin C also appears to keep sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.

“A study published in Fertility and Sterility, states that vitamin C improves hormone levels and increases fertility in women with luteal phase defect.”

B6: Vitamin B6 may be used as a hormone regulator. It also helps to regulate blood sugars, alleviates PMS, and may be useful in relieving symptoms of morning sickness. B6 has also been shown to help with Luteal Phase Defect.

B12: Vitamin B12 has been shown to improve sperm quality and production. It also may help to boost the endometrium lining in egg fertilization, decreasing the chances of miscarriage. Some studies have found that a deficiency of B12 may increase the chances of irregular ovulation, and in severe cases stop ovulation altogether.

Folic Acid: Perhaps one of the best known vitamins necessary for pregnancy is folic acid. This vitamin helps prevent neural tube defects as well as congenital heart defects, cleft lips, limb defects, and urinary tract anomalies in developing fetuses. Deficiency in folic acid may increase the risk of going into preterm delivery, infant low birth weight and fetal growth retardation. Deficiency may also increase the homocysteine level in the blood, which can lead to spontaneous abortion and pregnancy complications, such as placental abruption and pre-eclampsia.

Iron: Studies have shown that women who do not get sufficient amounts of iron may suffer anovulation (lack of ovulation) and possibly poor egg health, which can inhibit pregnancy at a rate 60% higher than those with sufficient iron stores in their blood.

“In a study women who were having ovulation problems, 40% became fertile after supplementing with iron.”

Selenium: An antioxidant that helps to protect the eggs and sperm from free radicals. Free radicals can cause chromosomal damage which is known to be a cause of miscarriages and birth defects. Selenium is also necessary for the creation of sperm. In studies men with low sperm counts have also been found to have low levels of selenium.

Zinc: In women, zinc works with more than 300 different enzymes in the body to keep things working well. Without it, your cells can not divide properly; your estrogen and progesterone levels can get out of balance and your reproductive system may not be fully functioning. Low levels of zinc have been directly linked to miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy, according to The Centers for Disease Control’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Report.

What to Look for in a Multivitamin

If you are going to take the time and spend the money on using a prenatal multivitamin, you should make sure you are getting the best you can. There is a big difference between quality of different multivitamins and the body’s ability to breakdown, assimilate and utilize the nutrients. The best type of prenatal multivitamin is one that is made from whole foods. This will be easier for your body to breakdown and use since it is closer to food than synthesized vitamins.

So forget about those cheap, low-cost bottles of multi vitamins you might find at the wholesale clubs, pharmacies or grocery stores and stick to a whole food prenatal multivitamin for the best results for yourself.

Also make sure that the multivitamin you choose contains the essential fertility nutrients mentioned above.

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  1. hi there, I’m 40yrs old and have been trying to conceive for the 5yr,just had a fibriod surgery what vitamins do I need to take to help me conceive. Thank you

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Vabo,

      We think of whole food multivitamins as insurance for a Fertility Diet. They provide nutrients that are necessary for a healthy pregnancy and baby. Fertile Woman One Daily – Whole Food Multivitamin is intended for use while trying to conceive and Baby and Me whole food prenatal multivitamin by MegaFood can to be taken in pregnancy and while breast feeding.

      While instrumental for boosting nutrient stores, a multivitamin may not be all you need to naturally support uterine health. Consider the additional suggestions for supporting uterine health that are made here…

  2. Can I take the one daily vitamins with progesterone cream., there are fears that the progesterone cream may cause cancer…

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Ada,

      Fertile Woman One Daily can be taken with Fertilica Natural Progesterone Cream.

      Regarding your fears of natural progesterone cream causing cancer, here is a clear, accurate description of this labeling issue, as explained by the nonprofit group Women in Balance:

      “The state of California, under Proposition 65, requires warning labels on consumer products that contain ingredients “known to the state” as posing potential cancer risk. Women in Balance believes that placing a warning label on progesterone cream products is not warranted…” Meaning there is no real scientific or accurate reason to have this label placed on the Natural Progesterone Cream. This is because of the following reasons:

      -Natural Progesterone is bioidentical to human progesterone. Prescription synthetic man made progesterone is NOT the same as natural progesterone, but the law requires any product that says “progesterone” to have this Prop. 65 warning.
      – Progesterone was added to this list in 1988 based on summaries from the National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Both of these programs only evaluated progesterone given to animals already predisposed to cancer. Progesterone was then given to these high risk animals in very high doses. These animals were also given known carcinogens in addition to the high doses of progesterone. (So animals that were already more than likely to develop cancer were given high amounts of progestin (synthetic progesterone) and other cancer causing chemicals, NOT Natural Progesterone Cream. This means that natural progesterone was not even tested…
      – The NTP’s Tenth Report on Carcinogens even acknowledges that “no adequate human studies of the relationship between exposure to progesterone and human cancer have been reported.”

      Progesterone and progestins are very different. Natural Progesterone Cream companies that DON’T add this label in California become vulnerable to lawsuits from a particularly nasty group of attorneys who are using Prop 65 to make millions of dollars. Meanwhile, there are 799 other chemicals out there, most of which probably do pose a risk of cancer.

      Here also is an article to help explain the warning all companies have to put on their progesterone cream: http://www.virginiahopkinstestkits.com/pgcreamlabelwarning.html

      I assure you that if we felt that a product contained cancer-causing ingredients we would NOT sell it. We are proud of our Fertilica brand products and feel they are very high quality and effective!

      I hope this is helpful!

  3. Hi there, I’m 37 and have been trying to conceive for the last 4 years. I have low AMH and have never been pregnant. I’m taking pregvit what else would you recommend?

  4. Hi,
    I have endometriosis and have been looking for a good whole food prenatal. My problem is that they seem to contain red raspberry which I keep reading is controversial for people with endo. Can you make any recommendations? Thank you

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Carrie,

      We support taking the women’s whole food multivitamin Fertile Women One Daily. It does contain a very small amount of red raspberry leaf which we know to be a nourishing uterine tonic. In fact this fertility herb may help reduce the bleeding of endometrial tissues.

      We do not know of evidence that proves Red Raspberry Leaf should be avoided by women with endometriosis.

      I hope this is helpful!

  5. are celrium, pregncare , one-a-day woman and brainstorm fertility multivitamins and herbals

    also can i use evening primrose oil with any of the above multivitamins

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Atinuke!

      My apologies, but I am not familiar with products you are asking about. It would be best for you to reach out to the makers of each product to ask the intended use of them. I also can not speak to combining them with Evening Primrose Oil as I am not certain what is exactly in them. In general Evening Primrose can be combined with a multivitamin, but this too would be better asked of the manufacturers of these products.

      Take care!

  6. Do I need to supplement with calcium and iron when taking fertile woman one daily?and what dosage?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hi Rosemary!

      Fertile Woman One Daily contains both calcium and iron and extra of these nutrients may not need to be taken. You can see the Fertile Woman One Daily Ingredients here…

      You may want to speak with your healthcare provider regarding taking additional calcium and iron if you have a nutritional need for a certain amount of these nutrients. He will be able to guide you in how much additional to take.

      In health ~ Liz

  7. I would like to find out about d baby n me multivitamin and fertile woman one daily multivitamin which is best to take with wobenzym or zymessence together with network antioxidant and omega 3,6,9 and vitex for blocked tubes and hormonal imbalance.

    Can harmonize phase1&2 be used with network antioxidant,fertile woman one daily,progesterone cream,cod liver oil,larginine.

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Rosemary,
      Either Baby and Me, or Fertile Woman One Daily can be combined with Wobenzym N, Network Antioxidants, Omega 3,6,9 and Vitex. Let me share a bit about each multi to help you decide which is right for you…

      Fertile Women One Daily contains nutrients that are important to pre-conception care such as folic acid, iron, B12, zinc and Vitamin D. It also includes a proprietary blend of organic red clover, cranberry, red raspberry, shiitake, reishi and maitake; botanicals and foods specifically for women’s reproductive health. Fertile Woman One Daily is intended for use when preparing for conception and ttc. Fertile Woman is not intended to be use into pregnancy.

      Baby and Me supplies important pre-conception and pregnancy nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, folic acid, iron and calcium. Baby and Me is a prenatal multi and can be taken into pregnancy and while breast feeding.

      Regarding Harmonize Phase 1&2, yes it can be take with Network Antioxidants, Fertile Woman One Daily, natural progesterone cream, cod liver oil and L-Arginine.

      Be Well!

  8. hello am zaam from uganda your information is so good as am trying for the baby how can get your herbs her like a cleansing kit ,royal jelly annd fertilica vitex i need to have ababy in life please help me

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Hello Zaam!
      We are glad you found us!
      Please contact our customer care team for assistance on ordering a Fertility Cleanse Kit, Royal Jelly and Fertilica Vitex. They are happy to assist you in placing an order.

  9. hello im 24 years old.. we have been trying for a baby after i had my 5 year old. got pregnant and had a miscarriage a year ago. i dont get my period monthley and was wondering what me and my husband can take to get my period on track and to conceive a baby this year and also to help my husband. thanks

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Denise!
      I am sorry for your loss and that you have to deal with these challenges!
      While there may be herbs, supplements and natural therapies to support both you and your husband, tt is difficult for me to guide you properly based on just a small piece of the bigger picture of your health.
      You can begin learning how to support yourself post miscarriage here…, but I also would recommend a consultation with one of our Fertility Herbalists for you and your husband to receive a personalized program. An herbalist will be able to help guide you in the right direction with the right program. Here is a link for more information…

  10. hello..i have endo and trying to conceive 7 months now and no luck yet. last year I lost my baby because I have placenta previa . can I used fertile women one daily vitamins? is there any vitamins also for my husband? we are from norway

  11. Dear Dalene, when i read this website I have this question in my mind to ask you. Actually 4 years ago i got pregnant but i lost it. And now that i get married, me and my husband want to start a new life means we want to have baby. Its been 4 months since we get married but until now i dont get pregnant. Im 22 yrs.old.. please can you help me what is the best way to do for me to easy get pregnant? Actually he told me if I dont release my water means during ejaculation, its not possible to get pregnant.. please try to help me. Thanks..

    • Hi Fathma,

      I am sorry to hear about your loss! It is possible you and your new husband are missing your most fertile time. There is an easy solution for this…Fertility Charting! You can learn to chart your menstrual cycles and detect ovulation quite easily by learning how to take note of changes in your body during your monthly cycle. Click here to learn how to get started charting your fertility cycle… Be sure you are also taking a good whole food multivitamin, we like Fertilica Fertile Woman One Daily.

      I am not sure what you mean by “release my water during ejaculation”? It is important for you to have adequate cervical mucous during sexual intercourse, as this is necessary to help the sperm get where they need to be. Being intimate (foreplay) prior to sexual intercourse will help you to release more fertile cervical mucous for enjoyable and fertile intercourse.

      I hope that helps you get started. Best Wishes!

  12. Dear Dalene, thank you I see, I was take prenatal multivitamin, to weeks a go. Drink juices for clean my body, I am 48 now, in november 49, I will have in August 10 year wit my husband, but 3 year dating in total 13 years . In 2005 lost a baby 7 weeks, in 2010 IVF twins lost too.
    I wil take my maca, multivitamins, my juices and preparade my self. I FORGET I HAVE MACA I will start take again with royal yelly
    What else you recommended, and for how long
    Thank you appreciated

    • Hi Giovanna,

      It sounds like you are doing all the right things to prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy! I am sorry to hear of your past losses. To be completely honest, I want gently remind you that egg health is what is of most concern for women who are trying for a baby in their 40s. I often urge women over 45 to consider embryo adoption or an egg donor, as this is the best way to ensure a successful pregnancy and healthy child in this stage of life. I know this isn’t for every couple, but I hate to see women in their later 40s struggle for years and years and come up fruitless. Pregnancy success rates are much, much higher with an egg donor or through embryo adoption for women over 45, than IVF with their own eggs, or through natural conception. I am in no way trying to dash your hopes, I just want to help you achieve your dream of holding the child you desire in your arms.

      Sending you many blessings!

  13. Please can you tell me the name of which multivitamin to buy in paritcular, I’ve been TTC since 2009. Counting on your reccommendatioN.

  14. hi! i’m jane 43 y.o.from phils. i have 5 y.o.son and im trying to get pregnant again. can you please recommend specific vitamins fro fertility..

  15. Hi..I’m from Malaysia…I’m just stop from taking birth control pill after three years and is trying to get pregnant.untill now I still doesn’t have my menstrustion. Can you please recommend specific multiple-vitamin that would suitable and available in Malaysia.

    • Hi Nurul,

      We like our Fertile Woman One Daily Multivitamin for preconception health and we like Baby and Me by Megafood for pregnancy and lactation. We ship internationally. If you can afford international ordering, look for a prenatal multivitamin in your area that says it is made from whole foods.

      We have a great article on how to balance hormones after taking birth control, you can read that here… It will teach you what you need to do to help your body recover from birth control use.

  16. Hi. Just wondering if its okay to take vitex, omega 3 and a whole food multivitamin together. I am trying to regulate my period. I have Anemia

  17. hi, can you please recommend specific multi-vitamin brands that would be suitable and available in the UK?

    Thank you

    • Hi Vared,

      We like two whole food multivitamin products. One is for preconception health – Fertile Woman One Daily. The other is a prenatal whole food multivitamin for pregnancy through breastfeeding – Baby and Me Multivitamin by MegaFood. I am not sure if they are available in the UK and really I just don’t know what quality whole food multivitamins are available there. Our shop ships internationally and we carry both of those in our online store.