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I hope that your pregnancy journey has been one of ease and grace. You are about to bring life into this world and that is such a beautiful gift.
If you are pregnant, or just practicing, you have likely heard the recommendation that you take a prenatal supplement 6 to 12 months before conception. In fact, all woman of childbearing years are recommended to be on a multivitamin/prenatal program.
Having a good quality prenatal or vitamin regime can not only help support you in achieving the blue cross on your pregnancy test but also support the health of you and your baby. It can set you up to deliver a healthy baby and continue to deliver the nutrients you and the baby need in postpartum. In the following section we will talk about a safe and effective prenatal program as well as nutritional recommendations for good fertility health.
Top 10 Nutrients for a Healthy Pregnancy
The most important nutrients in your prenatal program should include:
Essential to help carry oxygen to the baby.
Supports brain development and the absorption of calcium. If a mother has a low deficiency her breastmilk will also be low in vitamin D. Vitamin D is important in creating sex hormones which affect ovulation and hormone balance.
DHA & EPA
Supports heart and immune health as well as brain, eyes and the central nervous system.
Vitamin B/Folic Acid
Mom and babies both benefit from the full spectrum of B vitamins for rapid cell production, most importantly folic acid. Vitamin B can significantly reduce neural tube defects.
Helps to protect the cells from oxidative stress before and during pregnancy.
The need for protein goes up while creating life. Focus on consuming lean protein.
When looking for a good prenatal nutrition plan you will want to be sure that your body is processing and breaking down what you consume.
What you put into your body goes directly into supporting your babies development as well as replenishing any lost vitamins or minerals. All too common supplements on the market pass right through you before we even receive any of the nutrients they are supposed to provide.
Why a Quality Prenatal Matters
The quality of what goes into making your prenatal supplement matters.
What to watch out for in a prenatal:
- Unnecesary additives
- Avoid additives like color, flavoring and preservatives. These additives provide no additional nutritional benefit to you but could be harmful.
- The sourcing of the ingredients
- Can your prenatal be properly absorbed by your body?
- To make sure you are getting the full benefits of your vitamins try this test, place your supplement in a small dish of water to see how long it takes for them to dissolve. If they have not dissolved in 20-25 minutes than you are wasting your money as they will have already passed through your body before you could absorb all that goodness.
To see what prenatal I have chosen to take for the past seven years, see my recommendation below and why after much research I choose Shaklee.
To continue your support in looking for a prenatal, download my helpful FREE checklist.
Best Prenatal Vitamin Plan
There are a lot of prenatal options out on the market but unfortunately many are not what they are cracked up to be. Between reports of the FDA finding lead in supplements and other harmful contaminants to both mom and baby, it can seem overwhelming to know what you can trust.
The good news is that there is a solution for you. Shaklee is a company with over 60 years of scientific integrity and trust that you can count on.
Shaklee screen for over 350 contaminants, pesticides and impurities on every botanical ingredient-this is way beyond industry standards. If even one ingredient has a trace of a single contaminant Shaklee will halt production until a reliable and safe source can be found.
With my own pregnancy I took a hard look at what was on the market and still nothing could compare to the science and the purity of Shaklee’s prenatal program.
Shaklee Vitalizer Women is a comprehensive multi-nutrient strip that includes our multivitamin. Vita-Lea Iron along with three other supplements that provides excellent prenatal and postnatal nutritional support.
Caroto-E-Omega is an enteric coated combination of fish oil, natural Vitamin E and mixed carotenoids including lutein and lycopene. Caroto-E-Omega delivers 500 mg of molecularly distilled fish oil omega-3 including 180 mg DHA.
Vitamin B+C included in this prenatal is a patented slow diffusion tablet delivering 500 mg of Vitamin C and 100+% of the other seven B vitamins (besides folic acid) over a 12 hour period.
The final product is a probiotic, Optiflora which is a blend of 500 million CFU Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium. What makes Shaklee’s probiotic is that it is triple-encapsulated to assure delivery of the probiotics to the colon. Most conventional probiotics don’t make it to where they are needed most and die off in the acids in the stomach before reaching the lower colon.
Option 2 For a High Potency Prenatal Program
Vita-Lea– contains optimized micronutrient levels for the mother and baby. This prenatal including 800 mcg of folic acid, 200 mcg of iodine and 18 mg of iron.
It is easy to digest, easy to swallow and and uses an immediate release patented nutrient delivery technology so you know it is breaking down and delivering nutrients to your body.
What makes Vita-Lea unique from other multivitamins is that every batch undergoes 340 test and has been supported by 7 clinical studies to make sure it is one of the most comprehensive, nutrient-balanced & bioavailable multis available on the market.
Omega Guard– Omega-3s are important to health. They can lower blood pressure and reduce heart diseases and other health problems. Omega-3s improve your baby’s eye and brain growth in early development.
Taking in enough omega-3s can lower your baby’s chances of getting asthma and other allergic conditions. Omegas may lower your risk of giving birth too early, and of having depression after you have your baby (postpartum depression).
EPA/DHA fatty acids are difficult to get into our daily diets unless you really love fish. Shaklee’s Omega Guard contains seven ultra-pure, pharmaceutical grade fish oils derived from small sustainable cold-water fish. Shaklee removes all lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, dioxins, PCBs and other contaminants.They also do not have the after taste like some other fish oils. Who wants a fish burp anyway?
Want to set up your unique prenatal plan? I would love to help.
Always check with your physician to see what nutrients your body and your baby need. Each of us is different and has different needs. Above I share my personal recommendation and what has worked for me and my family but this is not intended as expert medical advice.