Welcome to Natural Supplements for Pregnancy – part 3 of my 100 tips for getting pregnant. The previous two articles can be found at the links in the sidebar. As with all of my articles, if you are in any doubt you should, of course, speak to your doctor first.
21 – The Importance Of Folic Acid
Folic acid, which is also known as Vitamin B9 is very important for the healthy development of all humans – particularly those still in the womb – and there is a danger that not having enough folic acid in your diet can lead to stillborn births. Folic acid is known to be a must for already pregnant moms, but it is also a key ingredient for those trying to conceive.
In short, folic acid helps with DNA production and development. For younger people and babies, it is also important for the production of red blood cells. However, for people living in Western countries, folic acid deficiency is less of an issue than in other parts of the world. Leafy vegetables are a good source and, in addition, breads and cereals have folic acid added to them.
If you want to read more details, then please check out this Wikipedia page : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folic_acid#Reproduction
22 – Royal Jelly For Better Quality Eggs
This substance is high in vitamins, amino acids, proteins and sugars. It is actually produced by worker bees for the benefit of the bee larvae. This can be taken as a supplement or as an ingredient in personal care items. Either way, it is believed to enhance egg quality.
23 – Say ‘No’ To Aloe
Surprisingly, this natural ingredient is NOT good for wannabe mothers. As you are probably aware, Aloe Vera is great for soothing the symptoms of sunburn, but is not to be taken in any format whilst trying to get pregnant – or during pregnancy itself. There is a possibility that it could bring on an abortion, especially if taken after ovulation.
24 – Nitric Oxide : Good And Bad
Nitric Oxide should be taken as part of your multivitamin supplement intake. A recent study in mice proved that in giving them nitric oxide, scientists were able to delay the signs of aging in their eggs. This could be particularly useful for women in their 40’s whose eggs seem to die quicker. However, another study showed that Nitric Oxide can have a negative impact on male sperm.
25 – Clomid And Cough Medicine
Okay, this one really will need the consent of your doctor. Clomid is taken to stimulate the production of hormones required for ovulation. However, it should not be taken once pregnant as it can cause birth defects. Studies have shown that the active ingredient in some cough medications (guaifenesin) can produce better quality cervical mucus. This can be found in the product Robitussin. It is believed that 200mg a day is the optimum dose.
Again, I repeat, these tips are for informational purposes and you should consult your doctor first.
26 – Say No To Lubes
Over the counter lubricants tend to be acidic. This goes against the grain for alkaline-loving sperm. It follows, therefore, that placing sperm into an acidic environment will greatly reduce their chances of fertilizing the egg. Of course, some lubricants also contain spermicide, which would be another nail in the coffin of the ‘little swimmers’.
27 – Is Water Good As A Lubricant ?
No, it’s not actually a good lubricant and, in addition, it can damage sperm because they easily absorb the water, making it difficult for them to swim.
28 – What About Saliva As A Lubricant ?
You would think that saliva, being a human bodily fluid, would be perfectly safe to use as a lubricant – unfortunately not. Enzymes in the saliva affect the sperm , causing them to die prior to reaching the egg.
It’s not all bad for lubricants, however. Some women simply must have some form of lubrication. Fortunately these are available. It’s just a case of finding one which has the correct pH levels, which does not kill sperm. Pre-seed is one such product and is available from Amazon.com
Some women have been known to miscarry, due to a lack of progesterone in their bodies. Positive Cervical mucus changes occur, after the application of this cream, which effectively makes the mucus more sperm friendly. The cream also prepares the womb for the implementation of the egg. Your doctor will be able to confirm if you have a deficiency in progesterone and you can get the cream, which you take after you ovulate, from Amazon.com
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