While supplement recommendations are not one-size-fits all, the following supplements are widely considered safe and likely beneficial if you are looking to get pregnant in the near future. They are as follows;
PRENATAL VITAMIN WITH METHYLATED FOLATE: I know at minimum, you want to take a quality prenatal vitamin containing nutrients essential for proper fetus development, but the key thing to look for is a prenatal vitamin containing methylated folate, as opposed to folic acid. The sole reason for this is that folate is responsible for the prevention of neural tube defects.
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS (DHA/EPA): Docosahexaenoic acid and Eicosapentaenoic acid are two omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish and fish oil supplements, and are extremely important for nervous system and brain development of babies. In fact, 60 percent of the human brain is made up of Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), as well as for maintaining a stable mood. Omega-3 deficiency can also increase your risk of depression, which could potentially put you at greater risk for postpartum mood disorders.
VITAMIN D: Most prenatal vitamins may not contain the required amount of vitamin D, especially since many women are deficient and don’t even know about it. Vitamin D3 is crucial for supporting healthy bone development of the fetus and can be safely taken. It’s also important for you, as it helps decrease inflammation, improve sleep and manage stress and anxiety, all of which are pretty important leading up to and during pregnancy.
PROBIOTIC: While probiotics are not necessarily essential, using them to bolster your gut health prior to conceiving may help alleviate digestive issues like constipation and diarrhea that are common during pregnancy, and using them during pregnancy may help prevent eczema and allergies in your baby too. Research also shows that women who changed their diet and incorporated a probiotic were less likely to be diagnosed with gestational diabetes than women who changed their diet alone. (Please check on our detailed article on Probiotics).
Finally, if you are dealing with a specific health condition, it’s really important to talk with your doctor to ensure that the supplements above are appropriate and to ask if additional supplements may be necessary. Depending on your specific situation, your doctor might recommend nutrients suitable for such health condition.