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As a Registered Dietitian I support and recommend getting your nutrition from food first. If you’re eating a varied, balanced diet rich in plants you will be consuming a great amount of vitamins and minerals! However, no one eats perfect all of the time and there are many times in life when supplementation is a good idea.
Supplements are also personal and what works for one person may not be best for another. Today I’m sharing with you the supplements I take everyday while I’m pregnant. As always consult with your OB, Mid-Wife or Doctor to discuss the appropriate supplements for you.
A good prenatal is essential during pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins contain a higher dose of a variety of vitamins and minerals that support mom and baby. For example, Folic Acid, Calcium and Iron. This is the Prenatal Vitamin I take.
Probiotics support gut health, digestive health, immune health and even hormone health. Taking a quality daily probiotic can also support feminine health and reduce the risk of UTI also known as Urinary Tract Infections, which are are common during pregnancy. This is the brand of Probiotic I’m currently taking!
Vitamin D is important for bone, hormone, gut health as well mental health and mood! Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to higher rates of anxiety and depression. This is the Vitamin D3 I take.
Certain types of Omega-3 fats, particularly EPA and DHA have been shown to have a positive effect on visual and cognitive development of the baby. This is the Fish Oil I take.
There are vegan EPA and DHA supplements derived from algae, however I personally found that most of these options contained additional ingredients and oils I did not want to consume.
I personally take collagen almost every day to support gut health, which if you have watched our Fertility Series know that I struggled with gut health issues prior to getting pregnant. Collagen was part of my natural treatment plan that I continue with daily. Collagen is also important for helping to build a strong amniotic sac for the baby to live. This brand of Collagen is a powered form that I can add to my smoothies or tea. It dissolves easily and has no taste at all.
The average pregnant woman should consume 75 – 100 grams of protein per day. How much protein we need can really vary based on height, weight, activity level and health needs. Research studies have shown that consuming enough protein per day can help reduce the risk of preeclampsia. In addition to getting protein from real, whole foods I also make a smoothie everyday with a protein supplement. A few of my favorite brands include Orgain, which has 21 grams of protein per serving and is pea protein based. I also love Manitoba Harvest, made from hemp seeds and contains 15 grams of protein per serving.
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