Doctors recommend that you start preparing for pregnancy beforehand and take vitamins and minerals at least 6 months before conception. Even if you feel great and nothing ails you, they will support the little life inside you. Of course, a future mom is not the only one who should take care about taking all the necessary vitamins. After all, good health of both parents means good health of their future baby.
The first thing you should do is a medical examination. Consult your doctor about taking vitamins and minerals. The medical professional will choose preparations that suit you personally.
Folic acid (vitamin B9)
For women: this is one of the most important and necessary vitamins in terms of getting ready for pregnancy. Folic acid stimulates division of cells and synthesis of hormones that support pregnancy. Lack of folic acid in your body may cause mental retardation in a newborn baby, as well as other development-related abnormalities.
For men: folic acid stimulates the formation of healthy active sperm cells capable of performing all the necessary functions.
For women: while vitamin E affects your body in many positive ways it’s also very important for the future moms because it takes part in production of female reproductive hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Also, it helps to balance the hormone level which is especially important when you try to get pregnant or during the first days of pregnancy.
For men: vitamin E stimulates the production of testosterone and follicle-stimulating hormone that control the synthesis of normal sperm cells and prostatic secretion, and also ensures the sperm quality. This vitamin, taken in correct proportions, significantly decreases the number of deficient sperm cells which not only increases the chances to conceive but lessens the risk of chromosome pathology in a baby.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
For women: vitamin C is a universal antioxidant that strengthens capillary walls and prevents bleeding. Apart from this, it boosts your immune system (and you will definitely need strong immunity to be able to conceive a healthy baby).
For men: ascorbic acid is necessary for stearin synthesis and helps to dissolve folic acid. It makes sperm cells more active and increases their resistance to negative external factors.
For women: zinc stimulates cells division and it can prevent the premature placental abruption.
For men: zinc is one of the most important microelements for man’s health. Lack of zinc in your body will decrease your libido, causes erectile dysfunction and decreases the sperm quality. Zinc is the main actor in the process of testosterone production.
Other vitamins and minerals
When getting ready for pregnancy, pay special attention to taking vitamin D. It promotes easy absorption of calcium by your body. Don’t stop taking it even after you get pregnant: vitamin D will help your baby’s skeleton develop correctly and quickly.
Selenium supports sexual activity in men and increases your potency. Unfortunately, it’s cleared from your body via sperm so you need to replenish its supply regularly.
Lack of iodine in a future mom’s body doesn’t only affect her own health negatively but can also cause abnormal development of the fetus’ nervous system. Taking iodinated preparations makes sense not only before conception but also during pregnancy and lactation.
Of course, these are just a few of the important vitamins and microelements you may need. However, you have to remember that taking too much of vitamins or minerals can do more harm than good.
While natural food products may contain all kind of useful nutrients, including the ones we mentioned above, more often than not their amount is too small to satisfy your needs in this vitamin or the other. The easiest way to supply your body with a daily norm of some nutrient is to buy a vitamin complex in your local drugstore.
There are certain diseases that may make taking vitamins outright dangerous. They include:
– allergic reactions to certain groups of vitamins or microelements;
– open tuberculosis;
– urinary system inflammation;
– acute peptic ulcer;
– cancerous diseases;
The birth of a baby is always a happy event but before it, you have to go through conception, 9 months of pregnancy, and labor. Conception is the first milestone and though it happens during a very short period of time it’s still very important for your baby’s health and well-being. This is why every couple has to prepare for conception as well as possible.