Can taking prenatal vitamins help you get pregnant?I’ve heard many TTC (trying to conceive) Moms in my circle of friends ask if prenatal vitamins help you get pregnant. I always wondered the same thing so I did some research on the subject.

The straight forward answer is no, prenatal vitamins won’t directly help you get pregnant. However, prenatal vitamins can aid your body’s health while you’re attempting to conceive. Many women decide to take prenatal vitamins during their child bearing years, whether they are trying to get pregnant or not.

These women are mostly trying to get their bodies ready for the day that they decided to toss the pill and start preparing for the conception process. This is actually a really smart move.

At the latest, you should begin taking prenatal vitamins as soon as you start TTC. Not only that, prenatal vitamins should be taken all the way throughout your pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Many doctors and medical professionals would advise you to start taking vitamins with Folic Acid, Iron, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and B Vitamins while you are TTC. Instead of taking 4+ pills a day, a prenatal vitamin can be a great way to get all of these vitamins in one pop. According to the Mayo Clinic, vitamins such as folic acid play an essential role in a baby’s development, so it’s great to have in your system when you actually become pregnant.1

In addition to taking prenatal vitamins while trying to get pregnant, there are many other nutrients that doctors recommend while trying to conceive, as well as foods to avoid. It’s best to lower your intake of alcohol and caffeine, and don’t even think about smoking. A healthy diet and moderate exercise is also recommended.

I read a Baby Center article recently that recommended buying brightly colored fruits and vegetables, like blueberries, red peppers, and kale, and to cut down on refined carbs such as pasta, white rice and white bread.2 I know this is easier said than done, but it’s so important to start these healthy eating habits now and carry them throughout your pregnancy. I can say from personal experience that it is MUCH easier to lose the baby weight if you eat healthy throughout your pregnancy.

There are also a lot of not so obvious tidbits to think about then you are TTC. There is another Baby Center article that recommends scheduling a pre-conception visit so that your doctor can evaluate your family’s healthy history as well as your current health. There are also certain medications that should not be taken while you’re trying to get pregnant. Another tip that was included in the article is to make sure to visit your dentist while you’re TTC. Hormonal shifts during pregnancy can cause gum disease, so it’s best to nip your dental health in the bud before you become pregnant.3

The moral of the story is to take care of your body now, if you want a healthy pregnancy later. The first step is to make sure your body is receiving the vitamins and nutrients that it needs, so start taking a prenatal vitamin as soon as you begin trying to conceive. They may not help you get pregnant, but prenatal vitamins help prepare your body for a pregnancy down that road.

 


References:
1 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/how-to-get-pregnant/PR00103
2 http://www.babycenter.com/0_fertility-diet-the-nutrients-you-need-to-conceive_1460692.bc
3 http://www.babycenter.com/0_seventeen-things-you-should-do-before-you-try-to-get-pregnan_7171.bc