Vitamin D is Important when looking to Conceive - Sue Ritchie

Vitamin D is Important when looking to Conceive

Vitamin D is Important when looking to Conceive

Did you know that having good levels of Vitamin D is important when you are looking to conceive?

We often call Vitamin D the “sunshine vitamin” because it is produced in the skin in response to sunlight exposure. We can also get some Vitamin D from certain foods and also supplements.

Unfortunately, today many people are deficient in Vitamin D.

If we spend enough time in the sun, most of us can make all the vitamin D we need. However, many people do not get enough sun exposure to maintain a normal vitamin D level throughout the year. There are only a few foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D, so it can be difficult to get enough vitamin D from your diet.

Other things that affect your Vitamin D levels are if you are overweight or if you have dark skin. If that is you, you could be at risk of being deficient in Vitamin D.

As a result, many women who are trying to conceive are likely to have low levels of Vitamin D.

Having good levels of Vitamin D is important for our health

Vitamin D is a nutrient your body needs for building and maintaining healthy bones. That’s because your body can only absorb calcium, the primary component of bone, when vitamin D is present. Vitamin D also regulates many other cellular functions in your body. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective properties support immune health, muscle function and brain cell activity.

Ensuring that you have a normal level of vitamin D has been shown to positively impact fertility for both men and women.  It may alsoPregnant couple improve the odds of having a healthy pregnancy too.

Recent research shows women who have sufficient vitamin D intake are more likely to become pregnant both naturally and via IVF than those who are deficient in this essential vitamin.

Although scientists are still in debate on the exact levels of vitamin D that should be considered “normal,” there is no dispute any more that 20 ng/ml and below (where most young women in Western societies range) is not sufficient to maintain an optimal pregnancy.  It has also been shown that vitamin D deficiency correlates with several infertility issues in both women and men, such as endometriosis, PCOS, and semen quality.

What can you do to ensure that you have good levels of Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is important when you are looking to conceive, both for women and men. Here are some ways in which you can look to ensure you have good levels.

Firstly, make sure you are regularly getting outside for walks in the sunshine, especially in the winter months.

Regular moderate exercise is also good for your fertility too.  Good circulation ensures a good supply of blood to the uterus helping the fertilised egg to embed. Good circulation also ensures that all your vital organs are receiving all the nutrition they need to function well.

Secondly, add the following foods to your diet: oily fish like sardines, mackerel, salmon and herrings, red meat, egg yolks, liver, mushrooms, almond milk that has added Vitamin D

Take a good quality supplement.

You may also want to ask your GP or doctor to do a blood test to check your levels of Vitamin D.

If you are deficient in Vitamin D it will take your body some time to build up the levels. This is why it is important to take the time to prepare your body for conception.  You can find out why preparing for conception significantly increases your chances of success in my article Preparing for Conception. A Necessity in the 21st Century

Do you have any questions about how you can boost your fertility naturally and increase your chances of conceiving? I’m here to help.

Book a 30 minute Complimentary Call with me where you can discuss your situation confidentially.

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