Important Supplements for Pregnancy

by Mama Chocolate on September 14, 2012

Pregnancy is a season that always heightens my awareness of what foods I am eating and what supplements and herbs I am taking.

Most women can relate…suddenly when we realize that everything we put into our bodies is going to be part of the development of our sweet baby, every little bite is analyzed!

Of course, we really should be paying just as much attention to our diet and health even when we’re not pregnant, but isn’t that a typical mom thing to do? Always worrying about our kids but forgetting to take care of ourselves?

While it is very important to carefully watch what our baby is getting, we also need to remember to supply our own body with what it needs as its resources get depleted during pregnancy.

DHA

An omega-3 fatty acid, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is important for our bodies throughout life, but especially during infant brain development, so it is essential to be getting adequate amounts during pregnancy.

Fish, especially salmon, is an excellent dietary source of DHA. Some nuts and seeds (such as chia and flax) contain ALA, which our bodies are able to convert into DHA, and make a good vegetarian option.

It is extremely difficult to get the recommended amount of DHA daily strictly through diet, however, especially with mercury concerns in fish, so taking a DHA supplement such as BrainStrong is very beneficial.

Folic Acid

One of the more well-known prenatal essentials, folic acid ideally should be taken for several months before even getting pregnant.

Folic acid reliably prevents certain birth defects when the mother has plenty in her body’s resources to draw from, especially during the first trimester. If you think you may become pregnant in the near future, it would be a good idea to be taking a prenatal or at least a folic acid supplement, since you won’t necessarily even know that you are pregnant during those the first few weeks.

Taking a prenatal vitamin while breastfeeding is also recommended, not only for your baby’s benefit (through your breastmilk) but also to replenish what has been drawn from your body during pregnancy.

Basically this means taking a prenatal throughout your child-bearing years. I’ve been taking prenatal supplements for over 5 years and I now buy my regular ones in bulk through my midwife!


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Stacie September 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

I always took a prenatal during pregnancy, but I didn’t really think about continuing that practice after wards (although it totally makes sense) Thanks for the information!
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Danielle @ We Have It All September 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

I’m bad. I have not taken prenatals as much as I should be ever since I had Gracie. I need to start up regularly again.
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Mimi September 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I always took prenatals when I was pregnant and afterwards. I really felt like it was an important part of the health of myself and especially my baby!
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Kay M. September 16, 2012 at 8:45 am

I could not take prenatal vitamins. I am allergic to iron and they always made me violently ill. I did adjust my diet, and took an iron supplement at night.

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Amanda September 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Normally I eat a lot of fish, but with this pregnancy fish has been my main food aversion :( Thanks for sharing a way I can still get those healthy fatty acids!
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Danielle H September 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Whenever I would try to take actual prenatal vitamins they would make me really sick…. so I had to take a chewable type vitamin instead, but I do agree it’s super important to the health of not only our children but us as mom’s as well.
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