If you are looking for an easy-to-swallow,
>small prenatal vitamin, consider Prenate® Pixie. Prenate® Pixie is a once daily, gluten-free and lactose-free supplement formulated to support prenatal nutrition. And it is the smallest prenatal amongst the Prenate Vitamin Family.
Trying to conceive? It’s important that you get your body ready for baby. Your doctor will want to review your health history and any current and past medical conditions. You will want to embrace lifestyle factors that can boost your fertility. That includes cutting out smoking and drinking, taking a good look at diet and weight and determining whether medications need to be stopped or altered. It’s also time to start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid.
Women who consume adequate amounts of folic acid before and during the early stages of pregnancy can help protect their babies from serious birth defects. Folic acid (folate, or Vitamin B9) is found in leafy greens, lentils, broccoli, and fortified foods. However, most women don’t eat enough of the foods that contain folic acid to get the CDC’s daily-recommendation of 400 to 800 micrograms.
Folate is a B vitamin found in many foods, including leafy green vegetables, dried beans and peas, and citrus fruits and juices and is available in a common, synthetic version called folic acid. Folic Acid is generally available as an additive to certain foods through dietary supplements and is included in the majority of prenatal vitamins. All woman of childbearing age are encouraged to take folic acid, as it reduces the risk of birth defects in your baby’s brain and spinal cord. The standard recommended dose is 400 micrograms per day but if you are trying to get pregnant, your OB-GYN or fertility doctor may increase that amount to 1 milligram (mg), available only by prescription.1
Actresses, athletes, and not so famous people swear their weight loss, improved mood, joint pain relief, and any other ailment cure is the result of a gluten free diet—avoiding foods made with wheat, rye, and barley. Certainly, if you are among the 1% of the American who suffer from celiac disease (a condition in which you cannot digest gluten) you must be put on a gluten free diet.
Without fail, Thanksgiving brings food to your table that you otherwise might not eat all year long. So, I wondered which foods you could take an extra serving of, and which ones you or your partner might want to skip. As it turns out, I can make almost all of your foods guilt free when it comes to fertility!
Recipe from Cooking for Fertility: Foods to Nourish Your Fertile Soul
With Thanksgiving coming up, a gluten free sweet potato pie is a lovely, fertility benefiting holiday desert. In Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford writes about how root vegetables, like sweet potatoes, “grow in cold climates and contain minerals and other elements that make it possible to survive in harsh weather and under snow. When eating, we take on their qualities and build resistance to cool weather and disease.” Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A and help you build a strong immunity during the winter months. They are also high in Vitamin A for enhanced vision. For ease, choose one of the premade gluten free pie shells available at your local grocery store.