Alright so I’m pregnant! Oh crap now I really need to take really good care of myself. It is well accepted that the quality of the maternal environment that the infant develops in is central to health and disease later in life. Proper nutrition will also help reduce any risk factors for complications during pregnancy and labor. So what do I do? What prenatals do I take?!
Do you even NEED prenatals? If you have a genuinely healthy diet with REAL food consisting of raw pesticide free produce, lean grass fed meats, fermented foods, and raw dairy (if you even consume dairy) and avoid refined sugars, grains, and processed foods…than No, you probably don’t. I, personally, don’t need feel the advisement of supplementation is necessary for every single person. We are not all one size fits all, so why supplement unless you know there is a specific need? And I disagree on supplementing instead of improving your diet. But we live in America and it can be very hard to find REAL food and most Americans consume what people like to call SAD, Standard American Diet. That would be overly processed, genetically modified, chemical filled shit. Even some of the products that claim its “all natural” or “organic” are not. So supplementation is not a bad idea.
Do I take the giant horse pills my OB/GYN prescribed me? Do I take chewables? Do I take gummies? I can’t handle any of those and my doctor said to take Flintstone vitamins, so can i just take those?
Most vitamins out there are synthetic. They are science created fake vitamins and minerals. The human body cannot and does not properly absorb these synthetic materials in any form. So when you take these synthetic vitamins you are just making expensive, sometimes brightly colored, piss. All the aforementioned products are synthetic and almost all of them contain added sugars, dyes, aspartame (which should be completely avoided during pregnancy), and soy (which unless fermented should also be completely avoided by anyone, pregnant or not.)
Okay so what do I take you ask? FOOD DERIVED VITAMINS. They will list all the real produce that went into that vitamin. If your vitamins do not include such products as broccoli, zucchini, ginger, strawberries, blueberries, etc…but contain nothing but words you can’t pronounce, then throw it out. There are many prenatal vitamins out there that are food derived.
Should I take anything else? You betcha.
Probiotics. There are prenatals that come with probiotics and then you can also purchase some separately. They do say consult a doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding but that could be due to any preexisting illnesses or health issues or medication interactions so hopefully you can use your best judgement there. Women may experience heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, nausea and vomiting. A lot of this may be due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. By taking probiotics (good bacteria) during pregnancy, Mom can feel the benefits of a healthier digestive system as her good bacteria are replenished.
How else do Mom and baby benefit from probiotics during pregnancy? Here are a few facts:
- As much as 18 percent less likely to give birth prematurely.
- Able to drop the pregnancy weight faster.
- At a lower risk of developing central obesity (belly fat) — if excess belly fat is retained after birth, Mom is at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease.
- At a 20 percent lower risk of developing gestational diabetes and diabetes after birth.
Baby also reaps health benefits if Mom takes probiotics while she’s pregnant.
- At a 50 percent reduced risk of developing eczema.
- Not as likely to develop asthma, childhood obesity or diabetes.
- At a lower risk of developing a condition called necrotizing enterocolitis (where intestinal tissue begins to die).
FOLIC ACID. Isn’t this something we’re told to take even BEFORE we even get pregnant to prevent neural tube defects and help with the overall health of our unborn children? Well remember how I was talking about synthetics and they just don’t work? Folic Acid is the synthetic form of FOLATE. So you need to be taking FOLATE not FOLIC ACID. And a good raw food vitamin will also have folate in it as well.
CALCIUM – Yes you should ensure you are getting adequate calcium. Do you drink milk from the grocery store? Well quit it. Pasteurized milk inhibits the absorption of calcium and actually increases your risk of weak bones and osteoporosis. Kids who grow up drinking pasteurized milk statistically have more broken bones. Make sure your calcium is food derived. Dark leafy greens are loaded with calcium. Navel oranges are loaded with calcium. Orange Juice at the grocery store? Nope not gonna do it. That OJ is dead. There is no nutrition there! That is basically TANG. Seriously. Raw unpasteurized milk is safe to consume during pregnancy and is a great form of calcium. Calcium is also important while pregnant because your fetus is just going to destroy your teeth. It will suck the calcium out and you may see an increase in cavities and if your wisdom teeth haven’t come in, they may during pregnancy.
VITAMIN D – This is debatable and even controversial but in my opinion based off my research, you can only get vitamin D from the sun. period. Stop applying sunblock (it’ll give you cancer anyways) and go outside.
IRON – Very important. You should make sure your iron levels are at a normal level before you even get pregnant and if they’re low during pregnancy, you should work on improving your diet and taking in a lot of real iron from food sources. If you are anemic or low on iron during pregnancy and stay that way until baby is born, baby may be low in iron and you may then continue to be low in iron and it can be much harder to bring those iron levels back up.
(sidenote) Do not let anyone clamp your babies cord immedietely after birth. that is 1/3 their blood supply and it helps to absorb iron. Breast milk is low in iron. that’s because its so well absorbed it doesn’t need a lot and baby doesn’t need a lot. But formula adds in iron, yes because its synthetic and is absorbed at a rate of 7% so almost all of it is waste! Large amounts of iron in the stomach can breed E.Coli and this is the reason Diarrhea is the number 1 cause of death in formula fed infants.
Any other vitamins and minerals should be based on need. You can always have your vitamin and mineral levels checked. Some chiropractors offer nutritional services. Check it out if you’re concerned.
Now as far as citing my sources and fact checking…..use google. Or take my word for it. I’m not intending this to be medical advice. Take what you want or use this as a jumping point for doing your own research but i am to lazy to do more research and cite my sources. This is all from my brain :p