Prenatal Supplements – How to Choose!

There are a lot of choices out there when it comes to prenatal supplements!   Now, you can even get prescriptions from your OBGYN for a “good” pre-natal!  However, there is a lot to consider when choosing the right one for you.  Don’t be fooled into a false sense of security by just choosing any ol’ pre-natal at your local drug store…or one prescribed by your OBGYN….there is more to it than what meets the eye.

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An important thing to realize when choosing a vitamin is that you can only absorb so much of a vitamin at any given time.  Even the prescription grade pre-natal vitamins are usually dosed too high in a single dose for the body to actually UTILIZE all at once.  When  taken this way, your body will most likely excrete a majority of it out through urination.  In reality, you are wasting your money (and jeopardizing the health of your baby) by trying to gain convenience in  single dose pre-natal.    Truly, spacing out the nutrients throughout the day is important.

Secondly, you will want to be sure that the pre-natal is ORGANIC & WHOLE FOOD based, not synthetic.  Synthetic based vitamins are never absorbed very well and they are filled with fake fillers (sometimes even gluten) that can be harmful to your body.  Also, a lot of them have SOY in them!  This is very bad for your body because it messes with your hormones, as well as with the baby’s.

Our great ancestors never had access to the convenience of pre-natal vitamins.  They relied on food to provide their bodies what it needed to sustain and grow life.  Food is the truest source for nutrients!  However, in today’s modern world, food had been greatly denatured due to things like farming practices, pesticides and GMOs.  It is for these reasons that I DO recommend that women DO take pre-natal supplements.

Another interesting modern addition to pre-natal vitamins has been DHA.  DHA is an Omega-3 Fatty Acid that has been shown to support the brain development of the fetus.   The best sources of DHA truly come from cold-water fish such as salmon& sardines.  A lot of the available formulations on the market with added DHA are not pure and therefore can’t be utilized by the body.

Instead of getting a prenatal with DHA in it, try to add DHA in through a separate formulation.  Krill Oil is a great source of DHA.  Dr. Mercola has a supplement for Krill Oil that I recommend to supplement for DHA.  You can find Mercola’s Krill oil supplement on www.mercola.com.  When shopping Dr. Mercola’s site, be sure to avoid the Krill Oil for Women if you are pregnant.  The formulation for Women contains Evening Primrose Oil.  Evening Primrose Oil is contraindicated in pregnancy due to its ability to promote premature contractions.  The standard Krill Oil is the formulation to choose!

Even better, Cod Liver Oil is a true source of DHA.  Cod Liver Oil supplementation during pregnancy (and even just for every day health) is one of the best things you can give your body.  A great source for Cod Liver Oil is from Green Pasture.  Their website is:   http://www.greenpasture.org/utility/showProduct/index.cfm?objectID=741. I personally like the Cinnamon Tingle the best (that is their #1 seller).  They also have a new product that has a blend of Cod Liver Oil and Butter.  This is a Super Food in my book!  I highly recommend this for pregnancy health!

Additionally, Standard Process, Apex and Biotics all have good whole food and organic prenatal supplements.  I personally take Biotics Research’s Pre-Natal Packs and space out the pills in the packs throughout the day, in addition to Green Pasture’s Cod Liver Oil.  I will be buying the Butter Blend this next time around! J

 

*A Note on Vitamin A and Upper Limit Recommendations of Vitamins During Pregnancy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blessings & health!

Jen

*Sally Fallon, “The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby & Child”, page 17

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