Anyone who has tried to get pregnant knows that its not always fun and games. After years of trying not to become pregnant, it can become frustrating when it does come time to actually try and conceive. It's not always as easy as one would think! This article will discuss the best ways to prepare the body for pregnancy.
1. Prenatal Vitamins should be taken when a woman decides that she wants to try and become pregnant. This supplement helps to ensure the body is getting enough nutrients to support a growing baby.
2. Vitamin C is essential for both men and women when trying to conceive. It is shown to improve sperm count, mobility and viability. Vitamin C can be found in most fruits such as strawberries, kiwi, red peppers, pineapple, etc.
3. Folic Acid or Folate belongs to the B Vitamin Group. This has been shown to prevent birth defects, but is also important in improving fertility in both men and women. Food sources rich in folate include green leafy vegetables, oranges and enriched grains. It is important to continue to take Folic Acid in early pregnancy to prevent serious neural defects by up to 70%
4. Zinc improves the production of testosterone in men which helps sperm mobility and count and helps the woman's body to use estrogen and progesterone more efficiently. Sources of Zinc include meat and seafood, wheat germ and whole grains.
5. Evening Primrose oil is rich in Vitamin E and the essential fatty acid GLA. It helps to increase the woman's cervical mucus which helps create a more successful environment for sperm to swim to the egg and also allows sperm to stay alive for up to 5 days, which can enable conception even if intercourse doesn't happen again by the time ovulation occurs. Once pregnant you will want to discontinue use of these supplement, but hold on to it, because it is essential to use the last couple weeks of your pregnancy.
6. Vitamin B6 and B12 are also beneficial to conception. These vitamins help to increase sperm count and play a key role in the development of new tissue, which helps during ovulation. These B vitamins are found in eggs, meat and grains.
Most people know that the woman needs to increase her vitamin and supplement intake when trying to conceive, but it is also essential that men do as well. After all, it takes two to tango and both partners need to take care of their bodies and get the nutrients needed to ensure a successful pregnancy. Deciding to have a child is a wonderful, life changing experience and you want to try to do whatever you can to give your baby the best possible chance at life!