For couples trying to become pregnant, it can be frustrating and discouraging when it doesn’t happen right away. There are many common health problems that could be preventing you from getting pregnant. One common is nutritional issue is a folic acid, or folate, deficiency.
According to research fellow Dr. Jorge Chavarro from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, folic acid is one of the most important reasons for reducing the chance of ovulatory failure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent also advise that Taking folic acid for at least one month before conception reduces the risk of neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida, by up to 70 percent.
Folic acid is the synthetic form of the natural B-vitamin folate; it is often found in supplements and artificially enriched foods such as cereals.
The recommended-daily dose of folic acid for women who want to get pregnant is .4 milligrams, during pregnancy the recommended amount is .6 to .8 milligrams.
Folate or acid not only help you get pregnant, but this vitamin can also help embryo survival as well as brain development of the child during pregnancy.
A study done by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on more than 18,000 women found that those who took multivitamins that included folic acid had improved fertility. These women also had a 40 percent lower risk of complications producing eggs.
Along with nutritional supplements, you can find folic acid in its natural form in many foods.
- Black beans
- Collard or turnip greens
- Citrus fruits
- garbanzo beans
- Kidney beans
- Organ meats
- Pinto beans
- Seed & nuts
Getting the recommended-daily amount of folic acid before and during pregnancy is one of the easiest ways to improve fertility and to have a healthier pregnancy. Start by adding fresh natural foods rich in folate. You can also find folic acid many nutritional supplements. OMS offers several high quality prenatal and pregnancy supplements. Keith Bell and Josh Sessions are happy to help you find the supplements to best support your needs.