Hitting week 20 of pregnancy and I am feeling pretty good! Good nutrition is super important for pregnancy and I have researched and consulted with holistic nutritionists and my doctor about supplements during pregnancy. I knew for sure that I wanted to focus on whole food vitamins and I had already been taking the Mega Food Baby and Me vitamin for about eight months prior to becoming pregnant. It contains all of the vitamins and minerals necessary to help develop baby and sustain a healthy pregnancy, including Folate which is so important before and during early pregnancy.
I read a lot about vitamins and a couple of lists that I found helpful were from Mama Natural and Wellness Mama, sharing the supplements that they take during pregnancy. I don’t take all that they take and it really depends on your comfort level and needs during pregnancy.
One thing that Enza Ward, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Senzable Health pointed out to me that was super important for pregnancy was probiotics.
Babies are born with a sterile gut so it is so important to take a high quality probiotic supplement or obtain probiotics through food to get the right balance of gut bacteria.
I am taking Dr. Ohhira’s probiotics which contain 12 probiotic strains and use a traditional Asian fermentation process.
You can also obtain probiotics through fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut as well as tempeh and kefir.
Another supplement that I feel is very important is a good prenatal omega three that contains DHA and EPA. I have been taking the Garden of Life brand Ocean’s Mom.
Recently, I have been reading articles that say most of the population is deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is important for general health but can help to get things moving, especially in pregnancy. I am taking a magnesium citrate from Natural Factors.
I usually take a B-complex vitamin to help regulate my mood and for energy. I was taking it leading up to pregnancy and have taken it periodically throughout. B vitamins are water soluble so you pee out any excess however, it is important not to over do it.
I have also been drinking red raspberry leaf tea, periodically. It is said to help with morning sickness and strengthen the uterine muscles.
There are many other supplements women can take in pregnancy and it is really up to the mother what her comfort level is and her needs in pregnancy.
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, naturopath or medical professional. These statements are my own personal beliefs. Please consult with a doctor before taking any supplements.