My goal for 2024 is to get “IVF Ready” which includes preparing my body for the massive changes that will happen as part of the IVF protocol and then being pregnant. This means exercising to have a stronger core and back to support the extra weight, eating a balanced diet, keeping my stress levels down, and of course making sure I take supplements everyday.
These are the supplements I’m currently taking, and I will update my protocol when I actually go to the doctor to being the IVF process again. Generally, the IVF doctor will go over my current health status, my current supplements, my medical history and give me a custom protocol based on all those metrics. Since I’m not starting IVF right now, I just need to support my body to make sure it’s as healthy as it can once I am ready to start.
I AM NOT A DOCTOR. THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. PLEASE SEE YOUR OWN DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING ANYTHING NEW. Supplements can interfere with any prescription medication you are taking so PLEASE ask your doctor before starting anything new. They might give you different suggestions based on your medical history.
Prenatals are essential when trying to get pregnant. The Mayo Clinic has a great article going over what specific vitamins you are looking for in a prenatal vitamin. I also like this video by an OB/GYN. Almost every woman of child-bearing age would benefit from taking a prenatal because it has such a good mix of vitamins to support your body in that stage.
I have tried a few other brands of prenatals, but this one is the best value that I’ve found and I don’t mind taking the huge pill (see below, I’m already taking a few big pills lol). If you don’t mind the huge pill, you might be able to get a prenatal for free as a prescription from your doctor. You’d have to check with your insurance and your pharmacy first. I did this a few years back, and the option my pharmacy had gave me an upset stomach, which was fine when I took it at night, but I just prefer to take medicine in the morning if possible. I haven’t gotten an upset stomach when taking any of the OTC prenatals.
If you need to have a chewable vitamin, make sure that it has all the ingredients you need. Some ingredients aren’t available in a chewable form so just double check before committing to something.
Kirkland CoQ10 300mg
Taking CoQ10 is excellent for both female and male fertility. There are many, many articles and studies to support this, so if you are trying to be pregnant I wouldn’t miss this one.
This is my current prescribed amount for my thyroid. I have Hashimoto’s and need to take this everyday to make sure my thyroid continues to function. I am closely monitored with my Endocrinologist so the exact amount changes anytime I lose/gain weight, or have symptoms or get pregnant.
Thorne Selenium 200mcg
Since I has Hashimoto’s, that means I have a high level of antibodies in my system at all times. According [to this study](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10080082/#:~:text=Selenium treatment in patients with,and improved thyroid ultrasound structure.), “Selenium supplementation in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis was associated with the decreased levels of anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody and improved thyroid ultrasound structure.” Having a healthy thyroid is critical to getting pregnant and growing a healthy baby, so I take this to give me any advantage I can get.
Now L-Carnitine 500mg
There are a lot of studies surrounding using L-Carnitine for fertility issues, which I have (endometriosis). The main reasons I am taking it is because it can help with egg quality, better egg follicle sizes, better endometrium lining to support implantation, lower miscarriage rates, and more likely to have a positive pregnancy test. Because of all the positives, there would have to be a very big negative to not at least consider taking this supplement.
Up&Up Vitamin D3 50mcg/2000IU
Almost everyone should be on a Vitamin D supplement, especially since I live in Michigan. It’s very important to get Vitamin D for every person, but especially when you’re trying to be pregnant.
Claritin OTC 10mg
I have environmental allergies, so taking this dramatically improves my life. When I’m “trying” I will stop taking this, because it’s possible any cold medicine can prevent implantation in the uterus. The studies aren’t extensive and some IVF protocols include using a decongestant, so it’s not super clear whether or not to take this. I’d rather not risk it, and I can survive without it so I will discontinue use when I’m “trying” for real.
Occasionally Seed Cycling
There isn’t a lot of evidence this does anything, so I don’t stress about it too much. I don’t have PCOS and most of the people who swear by seed cycling do it for their PCOS. I just do it whenever I remember and have the time to do it. The “greatest” benefits are said to happen when you grind the seeds fresh everyday, but I don’t have the time or capacity to do that so I pre-grind each month which is fresh enough for me.
Pumpkin Seeds, Flax Seeds, Acai Berry Powder for First Half of Cycle (Follicular Phase) Days 1-14
Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds for Second Half of Cycle (Luteal Phase) Days 14-28
Add Colostrum powder and/or Collagen powder to this mix anytime I make it. Does colostrum powder or collagen powder do anything significant? Who knows, but at least I have the placebo effect working for me.