I’m nearing the end of the first trimester of my pregnancy and other than being very tired, I have been feeling great! I know that all pregnancies can be different and so far, this one is different from my last! I think that part of the reason I’m doing well this time around is that I’m healthier and am taking better care of myself. Not that I didn’t take care of myself when I was pregnant for Ben, but I KNOW more this time and knowledge is power!
I think it’s pretty safe to assume that most pregnant women (in the developed world of course) take supplements, prenatal vitamins and just take better care of themselves in general. We know that there are certain things that are very beneficial to a developing baby while in the womb and things that are equally as important for Mom as well. What to take during pregnancy is a popular question in many of the mom’s groups I take part in and it’s something that I’ve been asked quite a few times so I thought I’d write about it here.
As you know, I trust Shaklee for a lot of things in our house. I trust Shaklee, I promote Shaklee, I partnered with Shaklee and I take Shaklee. You can read more about the Shaklee Effect here. Shaklee doesn’t have a specific prenatal vitamin, but the Shaklee doctors have come up with their recommendations based on the specific needs of pregnant and nursing women. Here is what they said:
2 tablets of Vita-Lea with Iron
2 tablets of B complex for the basic prenatal nutrients, in particular folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects
For women who do not drink milk or eat the recommended number of servings of dairy foods the addition of:
2-4 tablets of Cal Mag Plus can help meet needs for calcium,vitamin D and other bone health nutrients
To provide a safe and beneficial amount of omega three fatty acids (ie. DHA):
3 softgel capsules of OmegaGuard per day are recommended to support fetal brain development
It is not uncommon for some pregnant women to need additional:
1 tablet of Iron plus C can be added providing an additional 18 mg of Iron and 60 mg of Vitamin C
Although Vitalizer is a comprehensive nutritional foundation for virtually all adults, there are some components that might not generally be considered essential in a standard prenatal nutrition program. In addition, certain nutrients such as folic acid were not included at levels intended to support a pregnant mother and her growing baby. The use of Vitalizer during pregnancy should be discussed with the Obstetrician, who may wish to suggest an addition 1-2 B Complex and Cal Mag Plus as stated above if approved for you.
Here is a video of Shaklee’s Dr. Jamie talking about the importance of good supplementing during pregnancy.
I am NOT a doctor. I am sharing this information from my personal experience and research. ALWAYS check with your doctor if you are unsure about anything. In addition, some Shaklee products say “Not recommended for pregnant women.” They are obligated to say this because Shaklee does not do product testing on pregnant women. These products may be safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.
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