Nutrients You Need For Pregnancy


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Nutrients relieve nausea and vomiting, improve conception IVF

Vitamin B6 and nausea

The standard treatment for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is dimenhydrinate, commonly known as Dramamine, an over-the-counter drug for motion sickness. Because of its side effects of drowsiness, doctors in this study were interested in finding a safer alternative.

In the study, 135 women less than 16 weeks pregnant took 50 mg of vitamin B6 or dimenhydrinate per day each morning. After seven days, both treatments significantly reduced nausea and vomiting, with dimenhydrinate more effective than vitamin B6. However, fewer than 5 percent of the women in the vitamin B6 group reported drowsiness compared to 53 percent of the women in the dimenhydrinate group becoming drowsy.

Vitamin D and IVF

Recent research suggests vitamin D plays a role in fertility. To test for a possible link, doctors in this study measured vitamin D levels in 335 women undergoing in-vitro fertilization (IVF), a type of assisted reproductive technology for women having trouble conceiving.

Comparing levels of vitamin D, women who had at least 20 nanograms of vitamin D per milliliter of blood (ng/mL) were nearly twice as likely to conceive as were women whose vitamin D levels fell below 20 ng/mL. Doctors believe vitamin D helps ensure the quality of the eggs in the ovaries, and helps successfully establish the fertilized embryo in the uterus. “Since vitamin D is an inexpensive and simple intervention…it has the potential to markedly influence the way infertility is treated,” doctors concluded.

Reference: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery; 2014, Vol. 19, No. 2, 199-02

Betsy’s Note: This article is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.  If you are pregnant or under a doctor’s supervision for pregnancy, be sure to consult your healthcare provider before beginning any supplement.  Consult your healthcare provider.

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