Taking vitamins (especially multivitamins) can enhance ovulation, help you get pregnant, and affect fertility rates. I didn’t realize how important multivitamins are for women trying to get pregnant until I read The Fertility Diet!
“Does taking a daily multivitamin prevent disease or help you live longer?” ask in Jorge Chavarro and Walter Willett in The Fertility Diet. “No one really knows. It might. Then again, it might not – the issue is controversial.”
But, these doctors do say that taking vitamins prevents birth defects, and can affect ovulation and pregnancy rates. For more info about how nutrition affects fertility, click The Fertility Diet: Groundbreaking Research Reveals Natural Ways to Boost Ovulation and Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant. And read on to learn how vitamins and multivitamins affect pregnancy and fertility rates…
Can Multivitamins Help You Get Pregnant?
“There is mounting evidence that vitamins also help couples trying to have a baby,” writes Chavarro and Willett. They describe research that proves the importance of taking folic acid when you’re pregnant (it helps prevent neural tube defects), and say that congenital birth defects are less likely if pregnant women take vitamins.
To learn how specific vitamins and minerals can help women get pregnant, read Vitamins and Nutrients That Increase Fertility.
How Vitamins Affect Fertility
Regular menstrual cycles. Multivitamins affect reproduction in other ways – not “just” contributing to healthy pregnancies and healthy babies. When women take vitamins, their periods become more regular and they have a slightly higher chance of getting pregnant than women who don’t take vitamins. This is based on a research study in Hungary, which wasn’t designed to analyze how multivitamins affect menstrual studies – those these doctors say that there is corroborating evidence that vitamins can affect the reproductive cycle.
Higher rate of twin pregnancies. Researchers in Texas, Boston, and Sweden also found evidence that women who take folic acid and multivitamins have higher rates of twin pregnancies. That is, mothers who take multivitamins are more likely to have twins than “singletons.” (Of course, a pregnant woman can’t avoid the possibility of twins by not taking vitamins or by taking half a multivitamin!).
How the FertilityBlend supplement works. “A small, short-term pilot study tested a commercial supplement called FertilityBlend (containing chasteberry and green tea extracts, L-arginine, vitamins, and minerals) in thirty women who had been having trouble conceiving,” write these doctors. “Four women taking the supplement became pregnant compared to none taking a placebo.” Dr’s Chavarro and Willett say it’s not clear if the women got pregnant because of the chasteberry, green tea, L-arginine, or the multivitamins in FertiltyBlend. But, for couples trying to conceive, the exact cause may be less important than the end result: a baby!
“Taken together, this works suggests that something in a multivitamin enhances ovulation or the survival ability of embryos,” write these authors. They also say that women who take vitamins also tend to smoke less, exercise more, and eat a more healthy diet – and all those lifestyle habits increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant.
To learn more about getting pregnant, read 5 Tips for Boosting Your Fertility.
If you have any thoughts or questions on multivitamins, infertility, and getting pregnant – please comment below…