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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…” ~ Matt Ronan, co-founder and director of Pillar Healthcare

That Nurses’ Health Study II followed 18,555 married, premenopausal women (no history of infertility) who had 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. (Fertility and Sterility)

The Importance of Nutrients for Fertility & Pregnancy

Nutrition plays a big role 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 make up our organs, create hormones and enzymes that make us function and these are created by the nutrients we take in through the food we eat. 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 has been linked to lack of ovulation.

So, nutrition does play a big role in our health, fertility, and in pregnancy. Taking a whole food multivitamin daily can help to fill the gaps where 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: This nutrient has been shown in studies to improve sperm health and motility in men. Studies have also 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 chance 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 endometrial 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 can 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 labor, or having low infant birth weight and fetal growth retardation. Deficiency may also increase the homocysteine levels in the blood, which can lead to spontaneous abortion and pregnancy complications, such as placental abruption and preeclampsia.

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, according to researchers from Nova IVI Fertility Centre and Jaya College of Arts and Sciences in India, as published in 2014 in the International Journal of Current Research and Academic Review.

In their book The Fertility Diet, Jorge Chavarro, MD and Walter C. Willett, MD reveal, from the landmark Nurses’ Health Study, research proving that food can boost fertility. About iron in particular, Chavarrio and Willett share,

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

Selenium: This antioxidant 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. In 2011, scientists from the University of Granada, Spain linked low levels of zinc to miscarriage in the early stages of a pregnancy.

What to Look for in a Multivitamin

If you are going to take the time and spend the money on 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 multivitamins you might find at the wholesale clubs, pharmacies or grocery stores and stick to a whole food preconception multivitamin for the best results.

Also, make sure that the multivitamin you choose contains the essential fertility nutrients mentioned above. One last thing, men need to be taking a whole food multivitamin as well, since the male partner will be making up half of the child! The health of his sperm is greatly impacted by the nutrients he is consuming daily.


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  • Sasikumar, S., Shyam Sundar, J., Dakshayani, D., Prabavathy, R. and Karthika, M. (2014). A study on significant biochemical changes in the serum of infertile women. Int. J. Curr. Res. Aca. Rev. 2(2): 96-115. Retrieved from:,%20et%20al.pdf
  • Hirofumi Henmi, MDa, Toshiaki Endo, MDa, Yoshimitsu Kitajima, MDa, Kengo Manase, MDa,Hiroshi Hata, MDb, Ryuich Kudo, MDa. Effects of ascorbic acid supplementation on serum progesterone levels in patients with a luteal phase defect. ​Fertility and Sterility:​ Vol. 80, Issue 2,Aug. 2003, pp 459­46.1doi:10.1016/S0015­0282(03)00657­5­ Retrieved from:
  • Vézina, D., Mauffette, F., Roberts, K. D., & Bleau, G. (1996). Selenium­ vitamin E supplementation in infertile men. ​Biological Trace Element Research​, 53(1­3), 65­83.­ Retrieved from:
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  • University of Granada. (9/28/2011). Low zinc and copper levels might cause spontaneous abortion. Retrieved from:


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    eu tenho falta de progesterona. o que devo comer

    • Dear Rita,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! I only speak English, so please translate this if you need. Your message for other is “I lack progesterone. What should I eat?”

      Supporting healthy hormonal balance does begin with following a healthy whole food diet, such as the Fertility Diet. It may take more than that and eating certain foods however. So, I think it would be most helpful to refer to our Progesterone Fertility Guide.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

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    Hi my name is Anne and I have been wanting a baby for a couple years now and It’s been hard because my menstrual cycle is not normal at all because I have not had one for almost 2 years now. I don’t eat like I should and I do excessive exercise. What can I do to fix this so that I can go back to normal and try to conceive again?

    • Dear Anne,

      To start, it would be a great idea to start making changes in your diet and to cut back on exercise. If this is something you feel you can not do, do not do it alone, seek professional support. There are nutritionists, counselors, trainers at gyms, etc. who can help you create a healthy program for you (to meet your physical and emotional needs).

      Consider learning more about The Natural Fertility Diet: How to Eat for Optimal Fertility and Exercise and Infertility: The Goldilocks Conundrum. Taking a whole food multivitamin is great to learn more about given your diet isn’t as it should be as well.

      Consider also learning about fertility massage. Something like Self Fertility Massage may be helpful.

      I truly think this is the best place to start, as herbs are better able to support the body and menstrual cycle when diet and lifestyle are optimal.

      I hope you can begin to make changes and/or seek additional support!

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    where can i purchase this multivitamin? i’m living in Malaysia

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    I have been trying to conceive for 4 years. have been to several doctors in the past and they have all told me my problem is that I am not ovulating. I also have irregular menstrual cycles. I also have a hormonal problem and insulin as well. What would you recommend could better work for me?

    • Dear Claudia,

      I am glad you reached out for support. If you are asking about which multivitamin would be better, given what I know a wholefood preconception multivitamin seems like it would be best, something like FertilicaConsider learning more about Fertility Consultations here…

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    i have gotten pregnant 6 times and miscarried all of them. I am now 45 and I do not have money for IVF. What do you recommend for egg quality?

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    I have a 6 yrs old, I haven’t been able to get pregnant. I was recently told I produce cyst in my ovaries. I have never been on birth control. My menstrual cycles is very irregular. It can go almost 3 months without getting my period. When it comes its very heavy. Now we do want another baby, it doesn’t seem to happen. My sex drive is low too. I always have headaches. I do work late nights, even with that I can’t always sleep. What can I do?

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    I have been trying to conceive for almost 2 years. before trying to conceive i noticed i was having the stretchy cm and now its just white lotiony everytime. is this possibly a sign of infertility? i am going to try the fertility boosters with yall but i am just wondering if its possible that i may not be able to conceive?

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    Good day, Elizabeth
    I am a 38 yr old trying to conceive for the very first time. I have been taking the following supplements for the past 9 months: Chasteberry (vitex), Omega 3 (fish oil), Vitamin B complex (consisting mostly B vitamins and folic acid) and folic acid/B12 sublingual tablets at night. Just recently (approx. 2 months) I have also started taking maca root & spirulina in my smoothies. I eat healthily e.g. a green salad everyday, lots of fresh fruit & veggies, organic meats & eggs, very little dairy and plenty of water. Do you think I need to tweak my regime or in your opinion, is it just fine the way it is.

    • Dear Janine!

      That all sounds awesome! What great preparation you’ve done. The only things not mentioned are exercise and emotional health (stress management). Don’t forget these are important areas to focus on too! 🙂 Oh, of course knowing when you ovulate each cycle will be helpful too.

      My best and I can’t wait to hear your success story!

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      Good morning, Elizabeth
      Thank you for your response of 5 October 2017.
      Yes, I do exercise. I walk around the park during my lunch hour, which is usually 30mins and then I attend Pilates classes twice a week for an hour. I also have the OVIA app on my mobile, which helps me track everything but I’m still learning to track my cervical position for ovulation, quite tricky to say the least! As far as mental health is concerned, I try to get lots of rest and spend quality time with friends & family. I’m not really into the whole mediation thing.
      I shall keep you posted of further developments on my journey!
      Warmest regards :o)

    • That is all so great Janine! Trust you are doing great and think positively!

      It would be great to get updates :-)!

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    hey am addis from Ethiopia my period is irregular before i take multivitamin last month then i see some brown blood little drops for four days then it stops know i feel back pain feel uncomfortable i have unprotected sex with my husband several times and i was pregnant 2years ago but its unwanted so know am i pregnant?

    • Dear Addis,

      I am sorry this is concerning you, but I can not know if you are pregnant. It may be best to do a pregnancy test or have your doctor test you for pregnancy. If you are not pregnant, inquire with your doctor about testing to determine what might be the cause of your pain and irregular cycles.

      I hope you find answers soon!

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    I have been trying to conceive since February 2017 and I have been taking primrose, cod liver oil (with vit A and D), red clover, raspberry leaf and folic acid.
    I try to keep a healthy diet as much as I can and eat fish. is there anything else you could recommend try do or try?! my partner is already taking wellman capsules and from ready the comment I will get him to start taking cod liver oil.

    • Dear Natasha,

      What a great supplement program/diet so far given what I know. Without knowing more about you, perhaps considering our Top 10 Natural Fertility Boosters will be helpful.

      Do you have a regular menstrual cycle and know when you ovulate each cycle? Contrary to popular belief, conception just takes time for some couples.

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    I am in my mid forties though I was not actively trying to conceive after reading this article, trying to conceive is top on my mind now. I kept putting it off. I actually stumbled on this site while searching for maca milk. My question is does taking estrogen containing supplements such as Fenugeek+Blessed thistle, wild yam and fennel hinder one hoping to conceive? I am taking those to help boost the size of my “2 ladies”. I plan to now purchase the fertility multivitamin, just curios to know if I need to stop the other 3 supplements when I am actually ready or just keep taking?

    • Dear Pearl,

      Fenugreek, Blessed Thistle, Wild Yam and Fennel aren’t known to hinder fertility health. What is best really, is to continue your research on how these herbs act in the body in order to decide if they are right for you, or to work with an herbalist near you of course.

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    Hi, do your multivitamin contain DHA? if not do you have one that does? Thank you

    • Dear Sharlene,

      Our Fertilica Cod Liver Oil and Fertilica Omega 3,6,9 Complete EFA contain DHA. Either are a wonderful complement to our Fertile Woman One Daily WholeFood Multivitamin. You’re likely to find DHA in essential fatty acid or omega supplements rather than a multivitamin.

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    okay i do it

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    hi.. I’ve been wanting to get pregnant. We were marriage 5 years ago. We tried to go to the doctor and followed his advices yet we cannot make it. what shall we do? i am desperate. how can we make a baby?

    • Dear R,

      Do you know if you or your husband have fertility health issues and what advice did you try (from your doctor)?

      You can certainly consider a whole foo multivitamin, but there be other natural therapies to learn more. It would help me to learn more about you to share about those.

      Feel free to reply here, or contact us here…

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    Hi- I am currently taking a prenatal multivitamin but looking to enhance my supplement intake and focus on fertility supplements not just a multivitamin. how do you recommend I do that? Should I continue to take the multivitamin and simply add a few supplements? Thanks!

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    I am a 40 y/o woman. Recently diagnosed with menopause. My period stopped 2 years ago. Is there a natural treatment to help produce eggs?

    • Dear Sol,

      Thanks for reaching out to us!

      In general, menopause is not natural at the age of 40. The body is showing signs of imbalance and that there is work to be done. Consider learning more in out guide Female Fertility Health: Balancing Hormones in Premenopause. It may be helpful first to have help by a specialist perhaps in knowing what is causing menstruation to be absent/hormonal imbalance.

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

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    Hi its Sara from Pakistan I am 25 year old married lady and wanted to conceive now, your article is really informative and helpful to me.
    Thank you

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    Hi! I’m 48 years old with Hashimoto Thyroiditis and been taking levothyroxine, Vit. D, E, C and iron supplements. I thought I was pregnant last October and had pregnancy testing done and it came out negative. I was so devasted because we’ve been trying to have a baby for more than 3 years and as of now my period has not come. I guess I am experiencing a pre-menopausal or maybe I am menopausing. I need your input on how to get pregnant with the only time left that I have. I’m so desperate to have a baby.

    • Dear Cha,

      I’m sorry to hear about how hard this journey has been for you. How long has your period been absent? Menstruation does naturally shift, often skipping months, as women near age 50. As hard as this can be when wishing to conceive and have a baby, it is the natural aging process that is actually healthy.

      So, moving forward, it is great to continue to address and support thyroid health. It may also help to refer to my guide Female Fertility Health: Balancing Hormones in Premenopause. As you will read there, you might enlist the help of a team of different professionals to support you. You deserve that!

      I hope this is a helpful place to start!

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    I am preparing for pregnancy (I had my first miscarriage 3 months ago) and I have “lean” PCOS and don’t ovulate very frequently. I’ve hear everywhere that women should take a prenatal multivitamin when preparing for pregnancy, but is it safe to take extra iron when I’m not pregnant? I don’t want to get too much iron, I eat meat and iron rich foods. The Baby&Me prenatal has 18 mg of Iron. Is this too much for a woman who isn’t pregnant? I see that your preconception multivitamin has much less iron.

    • Dear Trisha,

      I am so sorry for your loss!

      The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements shares that the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for woman aged 19–50 years is 18 mg and in pregnancy is 27 mg. These numbers can of course be reached by eating iron-rich foods and taking a supplement. Fertile Woman One Daily contains adequate amounts of iron for preconception and not too much, and then Baby and Me is a prenatal that will help a woman meet that 27mg in pregnancy.

      Low iron can in fact impact fertility health, yet if you are concerned, consider starting with Fertile Woman One Daily.

      Have you seen our guide that shares Important Natural Health Tips for Women with Lean PCOS? This may be helpful to review as well.

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    can i purchase these pills at a whole food store

    • Dear Virginia,

      While whole food multivitamins are likely available at Whole Foods and many healthfood stores/co-ops, Fertile Woman One Daily – Whole Food Multivitamin, specific to preparation for conception, is only available from the Natural Fertility Shop.

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    Hello, i think for the above information to be more helpful , we need to know the quantity of each vitamin or mineral that one requires every day. thx

    • Dear Mbabaz,

      A quality whole food multivitamin is likely to meet the daily requirements of many nutrients, vitamins and minerals (but may not all). We share in this article nutrients essential for fertility health, to make sure they are in the multivitamin you choose. Regarding the recommended daily allowance (RDA) or quantity, this will take some research or a discussion with a nutritionist. We do not list specific quantities here as the amount may differ from men to women and between women who are trying to conceive versus women who are pregnant.

      The Natural Fertility Shop offers two wholefood multivitamins for women…

      Fertile Woman One Daily Whole Food Multivitamin is a woman’s multi intended for use while trying to conceive. See Fertile Woman One Daily here…

      Baby and Me Whole Food Prenatal is intended for use when pregnant and while breastfeeding. See Baby and Me here…

      I hope this is helpful!

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    hi, im married for five years and i had a operation of husband had a mumps then his scrotum was affected…what would be best vitamin or how can we overcome for my husband situation sense its really serious condition about his sperm count low motility.please help taking folic and vitamin e my husband taking fertility aid..

    • Hi amor,

      Mumps realated Orchitis, which is what your husband has, needs to be addressed with his medical doctor. There is no way via this type of communication to know what the extent of damage may be to his testes and sperm production. It is extremely rare for a man to become completely infertile due to Orchitis. As always, it can still be beneficial to support sperm health and male reproductive function naturally, while simultaneously working with his doctor to determine the extent of his condition. To learn ways to improve sperm health, please read our article at this link:

      I hope this helps get you pointed in the right direction.

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    Thank you very much for your vital information.

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    Good Morning,
    I drink close to the recommended amt of water on a daily basis. Does drinking a lot of water flush away my expensive vitamins??? I guess are vitamins as effective if taken w/lots of water or is it better to drink lots of water an hour or 2 before or after taking vitamins???
    Thank you so much.

    • Dear Sam,

      I have not ever read that drinking at least 8 full glasses of clean, filtered water a day (which is what we suggest) has prevented proper absorption of nutrients from vitamin and mineral supplements, or herbs. To my knowledge there is no substantial evidence that taking supplements with water causes them to be flushed out of the body before proper absorption can occur.

      It is great that you are staying hydrated!

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    Good Morning Elizabeth,
    My question is that I keep coming across articles that state that taking vitamins and minerals will increase the risk of lung cancer and heart disease. I’m currently taking lots of Vitamins n herbs and am very worried, should I be???

    • Hi Sam,

      I think one only needs to worry if they are taking too many synthetic vitamin and mineral dietary supplements. Here is a direct quote from the article you are wondering about:

      “…in some cases, taking more than the recommended daily allowance of these supplements can increase cancer risk…*”

      *Amy Capetta, April 21, 2015. Warning: Too Many Dietary Supplements May Increase Cancer Risk Retrieved from:

      If you are worried about how many nutritional supplements you are taking, you may want to talk to your doctor about your specific dietary needs.

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    I had my Prolactin checked for 3 consecutive months and the results were as follows 627.7, 459, 546 uIU/ML. Im a little worried about this. My menses are regular and my Thyroid test were all in normal range. Now I am taking carrot juice on a daily basis and along with some fruits. Do i have to take some medications for my prolactin levels?

    • Dear Iren,

      I am sorry this is worrisome! I can not help you determine whether you need medication for your prolactin levels, this is a conversation best has with your healthcare provider. I can however share information with you about naturally supporting healthy prolactin levels.

      I hope this is helpful as you learn why this may have happened and how to naturally support the body in achieving balance.

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    I am going to have an embryo transfer and have already been taking the Baby and Me Vitamin. I never thought of having my spouse take a multivitamin as well. Do you recommend a multivitamin for my husband to take to help with a successful birth?

    • Dear Yaneli,

      A whole food men’s multivitamin such as MegaFood Men’s One Daily supplies important nutrients for male health like vitamins C, E, D, B6, Folate, B12, zinc and magnesium as well as the immune system and body strengthening herbs astragalus, eleuthero, fo-ti, saw palmetto, nettles, schisandra and dandelion leaf.

      A man should consider taking a whole food multivitamin if he wishes to support his overall and fertility health, as well as sperm health, and feels he needs to boost the nutrients important for reproductive health.

      In terms of the embryo transfer, it would be best to be supporting sperm health prior to creation of the embryo. This being said, a whole food multivitamin would still support is overall health even after.

      Best wishes to you both!

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    I thought about changing my diet to a very nutritious food diet, for example, wheat grass juice, raw veggies and fruits. I want to take multivitamins as well from your shop. What if I take in excess vitamins through multivitamins and foods that I consider? I have heard somewhere that taking excess vitamins also leads to problems. Is that true? What do you suggest?

    • Dear Neha,

      While yes one can consume too much of a good thing, given how nutritionally void most modern diets are, a whole food multivitamin is considered “insurance” for a whole food diet. This is especially true if the fruits and vegetables, in fact all of the foods consumed, are not entirely organic or grown without harmful chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, etc.).

      What is key to consider is eating balanced meals filled with a variety of foods. Whole food sources of nutrients from the diet and whole food multivitamins contain everything – vitamins and minerals, catalysts and enzymes – needed to aid that nutrient in being digested, absorbed and properly utilized by the body.

      Consider learning more about a Fertility Diet as well.

      I hope I explained this well for you. Please ask if not!

      The nutrients in and whole food multivitamins are recognized by the body and absorbed just like a nutritious meal.

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    Hello! I live in Australia and I am unable to find the vitamins I have read in your news feed. Can you please let me know what I can use here and where to find them?
    Thank you!

    • Hell Leanne!

      Many whole food multivitamins contain the nutrients mentioned in this article. The Natural Fertility Shop carries Fertile Woman One Daily – Whole Food Multivitamin and Baby and Me whole food prenatal multivitamin. Each can be shipped to Australia. I am sorry I am not aware of what brands are available where you live.

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    My multivitamin is Nature’s Plus Source of Life Women. It has 10,000 IU of Vitamin A per two pills (recommended daily dose). I also eat kale and drink coconut milk and eat other things with relatively high vitamin A levels. I read that too much vitamin A is not good. What is a recommended daily dose?

    Also I eat quite a bit of fresh pineapple. I read that it is good in moderation, but to be careful on its amount too. What do you recommend?

    • Elizabeth Willett, MA, CH

      Dear Anne Marie,

      Some studies have shown that consuming too much vitamin A may cause birth defects. These studies reported that this only happens with synthetic forms of water-soluble vitamin A, when consumed in very high amounts. When vitamin A is taken as a whole food source it is not toxic to developing babies. When vitamin A is combined with vitamin D, it has been shown that the vitamin D protects the body from vitamin A toxicity. This allows the human body to withstand higher levels of vitamin A.

      Vitamin A is essential for: proper development of the retina and vision, gene transcription, immune function, reproductive health and embryonic development, skin and cellular health, and antioxidant activity.

      According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements and the Mayo Clinic, the RDA of vitamin A for woman ages 19-50 is 700mcg (micrograms) which is 2,300 IU per day. Consider reaching out to Nature’s Plus to ask the reason for the amount of vitamin A in this multivitamin.

      Consider also reading the article Using Bromelain to Encourage Implantation – One Pineapple Slice at a Time.

      Everything in moderation! I hope this is helpful!

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    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…

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    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:

      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!

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    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?

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    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!

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    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!

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    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

  39. 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!

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    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.

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    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…

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    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

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    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!

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    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!

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

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    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..

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    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.

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    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

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    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.