There are really two main categories of nutrition that you need to focus on to increase fertility.
One is the fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, E, and D primarily because these are the nutrients that can go through the fat layer of the cell and innervate and go right into the DNA, the chromosomes and start affecting things on a big level.
So if you’re deficient in some of these vitamins which by the way act almost like hormones, you can end up being infertile. Hence, these vitamins you should be taking when pregnant.
So where do you get these vitamins?
Well, the first thing health professionals recommend is never to consume a prenatal synthetic vitamin.
Make sure your prenatal is always food based because you’d be surprised what they use to make those prenatal. It’s just petroleum chemicals.
So look at the back label to make sure that it tells you what food it comes from or just consume the food.
What are some nutrients a pregnant woman needs?
1. Vitamin A
There are some of the birth defects that can occur due to Vitamin A deficiency like Kidney malformation, dysfunctional ureter, where you’re urinating and the urine backs up through the kidney, popular problems around the ureters cleft, lip cleft palate where you have that little non-union of the lip or the bone right on top of the lip, Eye defects.
With Vitamin A deficiency, your brain becomes a condition where the brain is located outside the skull, short or long mandible that’s the overbite and underbite causing dental arch problems in the kids where their bite is not correct that could be a vitamin A deficiency, problems with the formation of the eye, the cornea, the membranes around the eye.
Vitamin A is crucial in differentiating cells. In other words, you need vitamin A to tell the cell what to develop into like spinal cord, heart, ears, specific types of tissues, etc.
Deficiency of vitamin A can also cause low birth weight and miscarriage. So, all these conditions can be prevented by just making sure the mother actually has a vitamin A.
There are two forms of vitamin A, active forms of vitamin A called retinol and inactive form of Vitamin A called beta carotene which is a precursor to the active form and only a small amount of it is converted.
So, it’s important to use vitamin A in these two forms rather than consuming synthetic vitamin A because there’s been a lot of toxic effects of synthetic vitamin A.
There are two good sources that are recommended. One would be cod liver oil. Make sure you get the virgin cod liver oil that’s the top of the line it’s expensive but it’s worth it or grass-fed liver.
You can get it in tablets and eat them at least once a week and that will give you the natural form of vitamin A especially the retinoic acid which is the most important form in the development of the embryo.
That’s why you need vitamin A to be able to provide that raw material.
2. Vitamin B1
Low vitamin B1 that can set the child something called sudden infant death syndrome because b1 is involved in the autonomic nervous system development and the autonomic nervous system goes to the respiratory centers in the brainstem and that’s where you have the breathing centers.
Other problems like sleep apnea if you’re an adult, sudden infant death syndrome SIDS, toxemia where the mothers gonna have low blood pressure, kidney issues, liver problems and there’s an increased risk of fatality in the fetus and also in the mother.
Nutritional yeast and Asparagus is a really good source of vitamin b1.
Folate is one of the B vitamins. if you’re deficient you can develop something called neural tube defects which basically the spinal column.
In this condition, the spinal cord is not developing properly so you have this little bulge in the back where the spinal column is actually sticking out of the spine in the back which could be totally prevented if there’s Folate in the system.
Also, you can have cleft palate which you’ve probably seen people have these little stitches where the formation of the top of the palate of the mouth is not formed and it’s going right into the nose and they have to do surgery.
If someone takes folate they can prevent this condition from happening. This could also happen from being exposed to a pesticide and sometimes it can also be a vitamin A deficiency.
A lot of times it’s just all blamed on genetics but there are huge connections with nutrient deficiencies. So you get your folate from all the leafy greens which will make a pregnant person healthy and strong.
4. Vitamin C
vitamin C deficiencies that are involved in a lot of formation of collagen so you can get preeclampsia.
So there could be a problem with premature birth because if the placenta is detaching too quick and the water breaks and then the pregnancy starts kicking in there way too early when the infant is not formed yet.
You can get a high amount of vitamin C from bell peppers, leafy greens, and sauerkraut.
5. Cod Liver Oil:
Cod liver is really important if you’re pregnant. Get a real high quality one virgin cod liver oil that would give you very good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin D and a lot of other things too.
Deficiency of vitamin D can cause rickets, that would be weak bones, difficulty walking, loss of connective tissue that holds the bones together. You may get vitamin D from the Sun, dairy, fish, and cod liver oil.
6. Eggs, Butter & Cheese (Pasture-raised, Grass-fed):
Eggs are very important especially the yolk. Grass-fed cheese and Grass-fed butter have a good amount of vitamin A.
Grass-fed products contain some of the highest nutrition that you can get even higher than vegetables. It’s so healthy for you especially if you’re developing this baby inside you.
Coenzyme q-10 gives you strength. So you’ll actually have tremendous strength and you’ll give this new baby all the materials that it needs to grow perfectly.
8. Trace minerals:
Trace minerals are minerals needed in a very small amounts. The two big ones that can if you’re deficient can cause infertility or an aesthetic growth would be Zinc and Iodine.
Seaweed, sea vegetables, shrimps and oysters are best sources where you get some of the trace minerals.
Trace minerals activate enzymes that help you build proteins. So you’re growing this baby inside your body you want all the trace minerals to provide for so the enzymes can start to work. Unfortunately, our foods are pretty much void of trace minerals.
So you could get a plant-based trace mineral because those are the ones that absorb 100% and they’re 15 thousand times smaller than regular minerals but going like a rocket ship and that way you have a good chance of developing a really healthy baby.
If you are deficient in iodine, you’re gonna have it just a smaller child. The brains not going to develop, you’re gonna have cognitive issues, the IQ is gonna be lower and also you can have a miscarriage.
You can get your iodine from sea kelp from a very good high-quality location.
10. Magnesium and Selenium
These trace minerals which are minerals needed in small amounts are really involved in the enzymes and enzymes help the formation of proteins which are all the organs.
If you’re deficient in either Magnesium or Selenium then you may have a low birth weight, miscarriage or preeclampsia which is a condition, a very toxic condition where you have high blood pressure, the organs become toxic and you can have all sorts of other complications.
You want to get these minerals from leafy greens, seeds, nuts, and you can get selenium from Brazil nuts.
If a pregnant woman is deficient in copper, the child could have what’s called swayback which is an excess curvature in the lower back.
So it’s kind of exaggerated. The best source of copper is seafood like oysters, lobster, Krabbe, seaweed or sea kelp.
If you’re deficient in iron you can have anemia and that can set the child up for all sorts of problems with miscarriages and low birth weight, premature birth and things like that.
Eggs and seafood are great sources of iron.
Manganese is another trace mineral very important in developing the skeletal structure and if you’re deficient you can have all sorts of problems with flat feet a malformation of the bone, the maxillary bone so you have either an underbite or an overbite.
You’re probably going to need braces. so if you looked at a common thread, all the different minerals and trace minerals are very important in the formation of enzymes that then have to do with protein and building body tissue.
So you can see there are so many different trace mineral deficiencies and also fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies and even water-soluble vitamin deficiencies in relationship to a body that’s not forming correctly.
14. Breast Feeding
Once you get pregnant, continue with the above nutrients but make sure when you have your child, try to breastfeed. Infant formula is not good because it’s loaded with soy.
Don’t ever give your kids juice in a bottle since you’re just going to destroy the teeth with this pure sugar and water mixture.
So, these were some of the vital nutrients a pregnant women needs to deliver a healthy baby.