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What Pre Conception Care Supplements Should I Be Taking?

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Firstly, pre conception care should start 3 months before you intend to start trying for a baby.


Why is that?

It takes 3 months for a healthy egg and sperm to mature so you want to be sure you are giving your body the best chance of having a successful pregnancy ahead of time. It also permits time for the vitamin and mineral supply to be built up ahead of pregnancy, boosting fertility and reproductive health.


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The essential vitamins and minerals needed are:


WOMEN

πŸ’Š A good pregnancy multi which includes folate (folate over folic acid, and a minimum 1-2mg), calcium, iron and zinc

πŸ’Š Omega 3 - minimum 400EPA to 225 DHA. This can be fish or vegan option.

πŸ’Š Vitamin D - 2,000 IU per day. Liquid form is best.

πŸ’Š Iodine - important if the mother is vegetarian or on a low seafood diet. Recommend also using iodised salt.


If the mother is suffering with digestive trouble it is highly advisable to get this under control pre conception as there is evidence to show the mother's gut microbiome can influence her babies gut microbiome.


MEN

πŸ’Š An all round good quality multivitamin containing zinc and Vitamin E

πŸ’Š A strong antioxidant for healthy sperm such as Coq10, Vitamin C and selenium (found in Brazil nuts)

πŸ’Š Vitamin D - 2,000 IU per day. Liquid form is best.


If the male is struggling with infertility it would also be worth considering the following supplements to improve shape, speed and form of sperm:

πŸ’Š Lycopene

πŸ’Š L Carnitine

πŸ’Š L-Arginine

πŸ’Š N- Acetyle Cystein

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Overall, my best advise is to plan ahead. The more prepared your body is with proper nutrition, the faster you will conceive and the less likely you are to have a miscarriage. Miscarriage is often natures way of preventing the fertilisation of a sperm and egg that are not at optimal health and may cause complications as the embryo grows.