Welcome to vitamins, herbs and minerals for pregnancy, the second instalment of my 100 tips for getting pregnant. If you missed the first 10, then please click Pregnancy Nutrition. In these articles, I’m aiming to dispel some of the common conception myths, whilst at the same time helping you in getting pregnant faster.
11 – Avoid herbs if you are taking fertility drugs
Whilst they are generally good for you, taking herbs for pregnancy is not recommended as they do not mix well with fertility drugs. Basically, some can contain substances which could adversely react with fertility drug’s active ingredients.
12 – Vitamin C – In Careful Doses
This can be one of the best prenatal vitamins because it contains antioxidants which are useful for increasing fertility in men. In addition, it can also guard against sperm gelling together and protect against DNA damage. However, for the prospective mother, she should ensure that she does not take more than 1000mg as this could have a damaging effect on her cervical mucus (making it too acidic).
13 – At The Start Of Your Cycle Take Evening Primrose Oil
EPO is great for your health and in particular it has a beneficial effect on your cervical mucus. In some circumstances this mucus can attack male sperm – leading to issues in trying to get pregnant However, by taking EPO at the start of your cycle it can improve the mucus content and lead to an easier passage for the sperm to slip through.
14 – Take Omega-3 Fats
In addition to being good for the human heart, Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oils for example, can lower the chances of blood clotting and improve blood flow to the uterus and other tissues. This is due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It has been said that the development of the foetal brain relies heavily on omega-3 fats and finally it helps in reducing the immune cell production which can attack sperm.
15 – Try an Alfalfa supplement
This has been used in herbal medicine for over 1500 years as it contains a good blend of vitamins (B group, C, E & K) and minerals (calcium and protein). It is particularly good as it contains plant estrogens (useful for a boost), which are less risky to take than artificial ones, which can cause problems if taken too excess.
16 – A New Look For Red Raspberries
In some cultures the leaf of red raspberries is used to reduce the chances of pregnancy complications and facilitate a smoother birth. Best taken as a tea infusion, let the leaves brew for eight minutes and then add your sweetener of choice (I prefer honey). However, as with all herbs, if you are undergoing IVF treatment then please, please consult your doctor first.
17 – Take Cinnamon Off The Menu
Another on the list of things to avoid while pregnant (and even more so when trying to get pregnant) is cinnamon. Personally, I love the stuff (especially in my legendary apple pies), but it can mask your bodies sensitivity to insulin fluctuations and it is believed, in worse case scenarios, to be the reason behind some miscarriages (especially early in pregnancy). After ovulation it really should only be taken in very small quantities – or avoided altogether.
18 – Will Epimedium help my man ?
This is also known as : Bishop’s Hat, Barrenwort, Fairy Wings, Rowdy Lamb Herb and (I kid you not) Horny Goat Weed. This is alleged to have aphrodisiac properties and is said to have been found by a farmer, who noticed differences in his billy-goats ‘excitability’ when taking them to a certain part of a mountain that contained the epimedium (usually at high altitudes). Thankfully, you will not need to climb a mountain and chew on the leaves, because the herb is available as a tea infusion or a tablet.
19 –Licorice Isn’t Just A Child’s Sweet
This potent little herb can help control levels of estrogen in a woman’s body. It can also help stabilize issues which result from Polycystic ovary syndrome, such as irregular menstrual cycles. It can also regularize sugar levels in the blood. A further benefit is that licorice contains a chemical with a structure close to aldosterone. This helps your body expel potassium, but keep sodium – both of which will contribute to increases in blood pressure.
20 – Avoid St John’s Wort
This is one of the top herbs to avoid during pregnancy (and again before you even get that far). This supplement is well-known for keeping a smile on people’s faces, but that smile can quickly disappear if you combine the consumption of this when trying to get pregnant. A study undertaken in California revealed that St John’s Wort can damage the DNA in sperm and eggs, when taken in large amounts. Again, if you are feeling depressed when trying to conceive, discuss the situation with your doctor.
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