Even though you might be in perfect health, it is important to get a preconception check-up done before trying to conceive. It helps your doctor make sure that you are in good health and can have a successful pregnancy. They may also advise you about certain supplements to aid your conception.
Here are some of the important supplements and medications that you should take when you’re trying to conceive:
- Prenatal Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are specially formulated for women who are trying to get pregnant, or are already pregnant or breastfeeding. They contain the right dosage of multiple vitamins and minerals that are considered safe for women. Even if you are on very healthy diets, certain nutrients may not be present in adequate amounts. Hence, prenatal vitamins become an important addition.
- Folic Acid: Folic acid is a nutrient that is essential in the development of the fetal neural tube, which leads to the development of baby’s brain and spinal cord. Women who do not get sufficient amounts of folic acid are at an increased risk for birth defects known as neural tube defects. A majority of the neural tube is developed before 4 weeks or pregnancy. Supplementing while trying to conceive is the best way to ensure that a woman is not deficient. It is recommended that women get 400 micrograms of folic acid per day, which is found in most prenatal vitamins. Women rarely get folic acid from their diet alone, hence supplementation is necessary.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Healthy omega-3 fatty acids are necessary for the development of baby’s brain, eyes, and central nervous system. DHA and EPA are the most beneficial of the omega-3s and pregnant or lactating women should aim to get about 300mg per day. Fish is an excellent source of these fatty acids. However, if you don’t like fish, an omega-3 supplement can fulfill your needs.
- Iron: Iron is responsible for making the extra blood that you will need during pregnancy. It helps you deliver oxygen more efficiently to your baby. Low iron levels can lead to anemia, or low red blood cell counts, which can cause complications during pregnancy. Eating iron-rich foods such as spinach, beans, and red meat, and taking a prenatal vitamin will supply enough iron in your diet. Some women may need an additional supplement if they are anemic. Your doctor can advise you more on this.
Taking supplements before trying to conceive can help you have a healthy pregnancy. See our experts at KIMS Cuddles to know more about your preconception diet and supplement needs.
*Information shared here is for general purpose. Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.