When it comes to good fertility at advanced maternal age, it’s imperative to consider taking folic acid to achieve that healthy fertility. If you’re a woman that’s into your forty’s and are feeling the desire to be a mom, folic acid needs to be at the top of your list in priorities in supplementation. Hence the title of this article, folic acid, fertility, and advanced maternal age.
After turning 40, I spent 2 years straight, miscarrying baby after baby. All that after achieving pregnancies with 6 healthy girls that went to full term without a hitch. What could have changed? Why could I no longer carry these babies to term?
So once the depression subsided, I took it upon myself to research fertility and all the surrounding variables that influence it. I was surprised and intrigued by the discoveries I had made. The fact that I had a background in nutrition and alternative health, from owning and operating my own health food store for years was certainly helpful. From that background I had already gained knowledge of one very important factor in carrying babies to term. It was the fact that you needed good digestion for good folic acid absorption PRIOR to conception. Here’s what I found.
I had been looking for answers to the questions I had regarding why I could obviously still conceive however carrying to term was an issue. I’d miscarry anywhere from 8-12 weeks. So I happened to be on the phone with a family member who is a Registered Dietician. In that conversation consisting of talk of digestion, she explained that changes take place in our digestive system as we age. One of these changes is a decrease in the strong levels of hydrochloric acid secreted by the paritiel cells of the stomach.
In laymens terms…we just don’t digest our nutrients as well as we age, and it’s largely due to that process just explained in the above paragraph. This is a problem for those women of advanced maternal age that are desperately trying to achieve pregnancy and stay pregnant once it’s been achieved. So is there anything that can be done to improve this situation? The answer is YES!
Good Food and B Vitamins
You can first start by eating more live raw foods. They are easily digested and ideal for those with compromised digestion. Next, when you’re eating bigger meals take digestive enzymes. You can purchase these at any local health food store and they will help to ensure thorough digestion of the nutrients needed for conceptual success. Namely, the B vitamins with a focus on folic acid the B vitamin of utmost importance in this regard.
Next, take some folic acid as well as a good B complex vitamin with your meals including the digestive enzyme we spoke of earlier in the article . The good digestion of these nutrients is what your more mature eggs need if they’re going to be of sound quality for good division capability that keeps the pregnancy moving forward.
Implementing better diet and lifestyle choices as well as some folic acid and digestive enzymes, can be all it might take to get you over the edge from infertile to fertile. It will take a bit of time, it’s not like taking a fertility drug, but I can tell you after doing this and then conceiving 2 healthy boys at 43 and 45, I’m sold!