As always you should consult with your doctor or Midwife prior to taking any supplements. Here are my resources for you before, during and after pregnancy.
Which Pregnancy Supplements Are Actually Important?
I can’t stress enough how important certain pregnancy supplements are. Detailed analysis of the soil in the United States has show a deficiency in most vitamins and minerals. We’re supposed to eat food for those things. Our body craves real nutrition.
This means you have to supplement especially during pregnancy and while you nurse your baby.
I couldn’t recommend more to you that a prenatal multivitamin is your number one priority. After that you’ve really got to consider essential fatty acids including DHA and you should also consider several other items.
I’ve listed down below the most important supplements you should consider taking. For the protection of myself and my children these are what I took.
Prenatal Multivitamin During Pregnancy
I’ve tried several mulit-vitamins which are necessary before, during and after pregnancy. I would only recommend an organic, whole food prenatal. This is because synthetic vitamins go straight through your system and don’t benefit you or your baby.
I stay up to date with testing on prenatal vitamins and I found the best one which is from the MegaFood brand. They offer a prenatal that is GMO-free, pesticide-free, soy-free, dairy-free and organic.
The folate is perfect in this multi because it’s from real food (broccoli) and not a synthetic folic acid. More and more tests are coming out which state folate is much more usable by the body versus folic acid.
This big bottle will last you 30 days and provide a powerful punch of vitamins and minerals.
Essential Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for the development and health of the brain. Not only that but also DHA. Studies many years old have showed if a pregnant mother is consuming enough Omega-3 and DHA the baby will have better functioning brains and higher IQs.
We’ve moved away from krill oil and instead have opted for the Non-distilled, whole fish oil. Like other cheap fish oils this one we’ve listed below is not concentrated which causes some damage to the oil. In other words, this is the way it comes in nature. Also I think this type of oil is better because it is higher in DHA than krill and most fish oils. The DHA is what the baby really needs.
The problem is that you can’t get anywhere enough of it in your foods and that’s why I supplemented with the following two items:
Pregnancy Calcium Magnesium Supplement
If you’ve been pregnant before you won’t even need to read this description because you remember what it felt like when your body needed these nutrients.
We’re talking cramps, aching and just not feeling right whether it’s walking, getting up out of bed or picking something up.
My doctors and midwife both recommended it to me and I finally found the best working and best tasting kind hands down that is gluten-free and comes in the quality form of calcium citrate, magnesium in a chelate of magnesium citrate and magnesium aspartate. Blueberry is my favorite.
Best Nascent Iodine Supplement
Iodine protects against immune problems, supports the thyroid, detoxifies pollutants and increases the quality and production of breast milk.
Food producers used to put it in bread and other foods but those were taken out many decades ago. You can find trace amounts in kelp and seaweed but most people would have to consume massive amounts and that’s not recommended anymore because of the fukushima incident.
My husband found this spectacular Nascent Iodine and our whole family uses it.
Pregnancy Protein Shakes
With all three of my children it was recommended by my doctors/midwife, etc that I needed to increase my protein intake and the best and easiest way is by supplementing.
We’ve used several brands over the years but there is one that is tops by far. It’s Non-GMO and hypoallergenic and vegan. At this current time I can’t recommend any whey protein products because testing either shows inconclusive results or many are too high in heavy metals.
We’ve researched protein powders to the ends of the Earth and this one is by far the healthiest. We also add a little peanut butter to our shakes as well as pack on more omega 3’s with chia seed.
If you wanted to add even more minerals you could add some cacao nibs to give it even more chocolate!