Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Let it B

For some reason I became completely obsessed with the prenatal vitamins I was taking yesterday. I've been taking prenatals for a year, as I've read you should start taking them 3 months before you want to conceive, and we started in January. Then things went a different way, and if you've been here for a while, you know it's been a longer more winding road than we thought. However, I started obsessing yesterday because it feels closer. A lot closer, and the reason for that is this:
Vitamin B.

I am only telling you this in case some of you are going through my most recent challenge on the fertility frontier. After getting my body to have a cycle, after ridding it of all cysts, after joyfully going up a jeans size to allow all of this to be possible, I had a Short Luteal Phase. Meaning my body wasn't making enough progesterone, which means I couldn't hold a pregnancy if I got one, which was not the news I wanted to hear. After a little research, I learned it's soooooo common, and the most common cure? Vitamin B6. 50-250 mg a day.

I took 100 mg for 2 weeks and the next time that luteal phase was normal, healthy, and plenty long.

I grabbed a bottle from Whole Foods that was mid-price range from a brand I'd heard of and BOOM. Total difference. I, of course, am continuing to take it. It's funny because when I asked my doctor about it she was pretty vague. This seems like it should be household knowledge for women. We can make it part of ours at least.

And for those of you curious, I've decided New Chapter and Rainbow Light prenatal vitamins are equally amazing. Rainbow Light lists more of the minerals that Dr. Christiane Northrup likes to see, but honestly, both are incredible, food-based, super-high-quality vitamins that have supported amazing friends of mine who have unbelievable kids.

Here's to the next generation:)


  1. Thanks Melanie. Great information. Good even if your not trying to make a baby. Low progesterone can be an issue for many women.

    It always surprises me when I realize all the things they forgot to tell us in health class. ;)

  2. It's so insane. I think of all the useless things i learned vs info i could have really used. and so true----hormone imbalances are so common and so easy to treat but instead they just want to stick us on the pill. i could go on!!!

  3. if i could email you i would, but since i can't this i will have to do. when you were calculating your luteal phase were you always using blood tests?

  4. Not at all----first i was watching my temp and calculating ovulation that way, then when i got my period I knew how long it had been; ultimately i used ovulation predictor kits and knew, again, after that, by when I got my period.
    hope that helps:)

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