By now, you may be tired of hearing about vitamins and supplements in relation to fertility treatments. However, a small pilot study conducted out of the University College London and the Royal Free Hospital recently showed that it only took four weeks for 60% of the women in the study to become pregnant after they received prenatal vitamins alongside regular fertility treatments.
The study involved 56 women, all of whom had healthy diets and throughout the study had high levels of micronutrients. The prenatal vitamin used in this study had a range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which are linked to ovarian function and blood flow to the reproductive organs. Women taking only folic acid had a 25% pregnancy success rate. Of the 60% of women who fell pregnant, 75% conceived with their first round of IVF.
Glenys Jones, a Nutritionist at the Medical Research Council’s Human Nutrition Research Facility, said: “[this study] supports the body of evidence that diet plays an important role in supporting women's health and their fertility.”
Further testing is required to confirm these findings, as the study group was small and better results will be attained with a larger and more diverse group of women.
However, Dr. Rina Agrawal says that “All women considering pregnancy should take a specially-formulated prenatal micronutrient supplement including folic acid and b12.”
The prenatal vitamin used in this study contained vitamins A, E, C, Zinc, and Selenium, all of which are found in the Pregnancy Plus Prenatal vitamin. Pregnancy Plus contains 100% of your daily-recommended intake of 29 essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and can be conveniently packaged for a two month supply instead of one.