Micronutrient and Nutrition Studies with Pregnancy & Reproduction
CLINICAL UPDATE: Are micronutrients underrated when it comes to pregnancy chances in assisted reproduction?
Several recent studies are suggesting that micronutrient status prior to and during pregnancy should get more attention. One study showed that low blood values of B vitamins and high homocysteine in mid pregnancy reduced fetal growth rates. Another study showed that low homocysteine, determined by B vitamin status, was linked to a better chance of pregnancy in women undergoing assisted reproduction. Yet another study showed that subfertile women undergoing ovulation induction who were taking a multi-micronutrient vitamin were more likely to get pregnant than women who took only a folic acid supplement. Finally, a recently published review demonstrates how increasing a woman's ability to fight oxidative stress increases her chances of successful pregnancy via assisted reproduction..
(Maternal of Child Nutrition, April 2013)
(Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, April 2012)
(Reproductive Biomedicine Online, January 2012)
(Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, June 2012)
LINK to ABSTRACT Folate, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6 and homocysteine: impact on pregnancy outcome.
LINK to ABSTRACT The association between homocysteine in the follicular fluid with embryo quality and pregnancy rate in assisted reproductive techniques.
LINK to ABSTRACT Prospective randomized trial of multiple micronutrients in subfertile women undergoing ovulation induction: a pilot study.