Vitamin D: Can spending time in the sun increase my fertility odds?

Vitamin D plays a large role in development of the uterus, sexual organs, and the ability to form healthy eggs, which can greatly affect the chances of conceiving and holding a healthy pregnancy.  In women, there are receptors for vitamin D over the uterus, ovaries, and the placenta. 

 

Many studies of women going for in-vitro fertilization show that sufficient Vitamin D levels are helpful to support a healthy conception and pregnancy. Vitamin D (calcitriol) is integral in the production of estrogen, helping to boost immunity of the uterus and fight infections without causing harm to the fetus. Later in pregnancy, insufficient Vitamin D levels in the body have been connected to gestational blood circulation and sugar issues.

We humans are very much like a plant; we are able to take in vitamin D from sunlight when the sun touches our skin and convert it into nutrients for our bodies.  If we are unable to take in enough from sunlight exposure, supplementation or dietary additions should be considered.

Low vitamin D levels have been linked to many health concerns including:
– Autoimmune Disorders
– Asthma
– Cardiovascular Disease
– Cancer
– Cognitive Impairment
– Depression
– Diabetes and Gestational Diabetes
– Gestational Hypertension
– Infertility
– Obesity

Daily intake of Vitamin D:
Daily intake is typically 600 IU/day; if you are not getting enough sunlight, your intake during this time and preparation should be closer to 1,000 IU per day.

Foods high in Vitamin D:
Fish are high in Vitamin D and DHA (omega-3 fatty acid beneficial for brain development in infants) but there are also some risks that must be noted while consuming fish. Mercury has also been found in fish, which may have some effects on the infant development of the nervous system. Highest mercury content has been found in shark, swordfish, king mackerel and golden bass. Wild salmon, shrimp and light tuna are lower in mercury content. if you eat a variety of different fish, you are able to maximize the benefits of fish consumption.
– Salmon
– Herring
– Sardines
– Cod liver oil
– Oysters
– Shrimp
– Egg Yolks
– Mushrooms

Preparing the body 90 days before implantation is the best way to get the body ready for a pregnancy. It gives the body time to create the healthiest, strongest eggs to be fertilized. Call us today for a free consultation. We love to help!  (631) 424-8602

 

 

Eating Fish: Health Benefits and Risks
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/203693

Effect of vitamin D deficiency on fertility and reproductive capacity in the female rat.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7400847