Vitamins for Trying to Conceive

Most of us have been taking vitamins since our early childhood. We take extra supplements depending on if our bodies need more of one or another vitamin; we take vitamins based on the needs of our ages in life, vitamins when trying to conceive, prenatal vitamins, etc.

In order for our reproductive systems to be at optimal performance, taking additional vitamin supplements may help our chances for getting pregnant. Paired with diet and exercise, you and your partner should look into taking the below vitamins regularly at least 6 months prior to pregnancy (as always check with your doctor before taking any additional vitamins or minerals).

  • Vitamin A- hormonal balance and may help increase sperm production
  • Vitamin C- may help with sperm motility and ovulation
  • Vitamin E- may help make sperm more fertility
  • Folic Acid- protects from neural tube birth defects

Where to find these vitamins naturally:

Vitamin A:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Paprika, Cayenne Pepper
  • Dark, Leafy Greens
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Lettuce

Vitamin C:

  • Bell Peppers
  • Dark, leafy greens
  • Oranges, Clementines
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Broccoli
  • Papayas
  • Strawberries

Vitamin E:

  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Tomato
  • Mango

Folic acid:

  • Asparagus
  • Black Beans
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Orange Juice

Resources:

“Fertility Diet”; Jorge Chavarro, Walter C. Willett and Patrick J. Skerrett; 2007

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