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Discontinuing FertilAid Pregnancy Is Confirmed

by Viki
(White Plains N.Y.)

Once pregnancy is confirmed, will discontinuing the fertile aid cause an unsafe drop in progesterone levels? Are the prenatal vitamins alone enough to ensure this does not happen? I have read that this can happen, thereby threatening the remainder of the pregnancy. Is this true and if so, how can it be prevented from happening?

Thanks so much for all of your help. Viki

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Vitex During Pregnancy
by: Maria Gioia Atzori

Stopping FertilAid after a pregnancy is confirmed is recommended for many reasons:

1. It is important to switch to prenatal vitamins because they contain a larger spectrum of nutrients,like minerals and vitamins that are more specific for both mother and child. In fact during pregnancy a woman needs more iron, calcium, omega 3, folate, etc.

2. FertilaAid is great in helping achieve conception because it contains not only key vitamins and minerals needed to increase fertility but also important herbs like Vitex, trifolium pretense and eleutherococcus senticosus. These herbs are safe during pregnancy but should not be taken in large quantities or for prolonged periods to time.

3. Vitex is the only herb that could be technically taken during the first trimester in order to support the pregnancy's progesterone levels. Unfortunately there is not much research evidence about its safety and effectiveness. Vitex does not cause uterine contraction during pregnancy leading to miscarriage and it's considered having non-toxic effects to the fetus.

During conception, Vitex stimulates the pituitary gland to produce LH. The surge of LH stimulate the release of the egg. Increased levels of LH also stimulate the ovaries to produce progesterone. Vitex progestinic effect is indirect, it role is to create hormonal balance. Women with low levels of progesterone have delayed cycles and poor ovulation and can benefit from Vitex has they can achieve regular ovulatory patterns.

Also women who have had recurrent miscarriages may benefit from taking this herb during the second half of their cycle to allow implantation of the embryo as it treats luteal phase defect.

Once pregnancy is confirmed, Vitex is not really required and it can be discontinued slowly within several days to allow the body to adjust. Stopping Vitex suddenly is very unlikely to cause a sudden drop in progesterone, but it can be an issue in women who had low progesterone before getting pregnant.

Progesterone decreases during the 1st trimester in women who have miscarriages. The placenta takes over the production of progesterone during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. During the 1st trimester if a woman's ovaries do not produce enough progesterone to sustain the pregnancy, when the placenta takes over the job of making progesterone,a miscarriage may occur.

There are many conflicting ideas about taking Vitex during the first trimester of pregnancy to support progesterone levels, some are in favor only for cases who have a history of low progesterone levels and some are against.

If there is a reason for concern of low progesterone (saliva testing can confirm this), your doctor or midwife will recommend the best course of action for you. In most cases, if progesterone levels are low it's often recommended to apply natural progesterone cream during the 1st trimester.

All the best!

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