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Taking your vitamins does help conception, new study finds

Vitamin and mineral supplements found to double women’s chance of getting pregnant

Posted: 5 December 2011
by Kimberley Smith
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Getting the right nutrients could boost your chance of getting pregnant by more than half

Taking a multi-vitamin pill every day could more than double your chance of getting pregnant, according to a new study.

Researchers found that women taking a conception supplement that included folic acid and vitamins C and E and minerals zinc and selenium, were more than twice as likely to get pregnant as those not taking supplements.

The study involved 56 women undergoing IVF aged between 18 and 40, who had all been trying to get pregnant for a year using fertility treatment.

Half of the women were given a daily multivitamin (containing folic acid), while the other half were given just a dose of folic acid.

The team found that 60% of the women taking the multivitamin became pregnant and did not miscarry in the first trimester, while only 25% in other group achieved the same.

The vitamin pills used were Vitabiotics Pregnacare-Conception.

“The implications of this study are far reaching as they suggest that prenatal micronutrient supplementation in women undergoing ovulation induction improve pregnant rates,” said lead researcher Rina Agrawal.

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