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Prenatal Vitamins

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

What's a good prenatal vitamin?

I recommend Rainbow Light to my clients. Also be sure to take a DHA supplement from the very beginning.

 

Should I take prenatal vitamins and DHA seperately?

During pregnancy it is important to have a balance of DHA, Folic Acid, Vit B12, iron calcium and protein.

 

Can eating a well-balanced diet AND taking prenatal vitamins give you too many vitamins and minerals?

If you're eating a regular, healthy diet and taking prenatal vitamins at the approved levels, then there's likely little danger.

If instead you are self-dosing, then there are potential dangers of hypervitaminosis, aka Vitamin poisoning. While relatively few adults experience problems with this, children are much more susceptible to poisoning, if only due to their small body mass. Fetal health would be even more liable to damage.

 

What is the best brand of prenatal vitamins?

Whichever brand doesn't make you throw up! But anytime you can eat the supplements whether it be through food or some types of viatmins it's easier for the body to digest and therefore absorbed into your system.

 

What do prenatal vitamins do to help fertility?

Certain vitamin deficiencies can make you less fertile. If you are careful to stay up to snuff with all of them, you've removed one (of many) possible fertility-lowering factor.

 

Do you know of an organic DHA prenatal vitamins which is plant based?

DHA and vitamins , both are different things.

DHA is primarily animal-based product. And if you are a vegan, you are gonna end up severely DHA deficient. which might harm future baby. For vegetarians who do not eat fish, other sources of omega 3 fatty acids can be eaten such as walnuts, flaxseeds and tofu. However, these do not contain DHA, which is almost solely found in sea life. Algae is a source of DHA omega 3’s that even vegans find suitable, For small children, the most important source of DHA is mother’s milk.

About vitamins, most of vitamins are plant based. except, vitamin-D. Dandelion greens, chanterelle and shiitake mushrooms and sweet potatoes all contain this vitamin. Also, orange juice, soy milk and some cereals are fortified with vitamin D. Also, sun exposure can increase vitamin D levels in the body.

 

What should I do if I feel prenatal vitamin is not making any changes in my body?

Do you eat two helpings of different fruit each day? Five helpings of various vegetables? Do you eat 50 or more grams of whole protein? Do eat whole grains?

On the other side, how much soda and fancy water do you drink? More than one bottle a week can be a bad sign. How much of your diet is from fast food places? More than once a month can be problematic. How often to eat chips? Candy? Cookies? How much artificial sweetener do you eat?

Have you had a blood chemistry panel done by a reputable lab? Have you any deficiencies or imbalances?

Are your current vitamins derived from real food? Look at the ingredients to see if they include food items, like fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

If you eat a wide variety of foods with no bad stuff and take a minimal supplement derived from real food, you will be in good shape. Folic acid is important as are other things, and few people choose to eat properly enough to grow a healthy baby without supplementation. Women who eat poorly need to eat an improved diet for at least 4-6 months before pregnancy.

Vitamin supplementation will not give you a burst of energy or glorious hair. It will give you, over time, stronger tissues and function, and provide the building blocks for a heathy, well-functioning child.

If you are out of balance or deficient or have any one of several diseases, you'll need to change what you eat and take more, specific supplements.

If you plan to become a mother, you are taking on a lifetime obligation to raise the child, including feeding it and teaching it healthy ways. Preparing yourself for a healthy pregnancy is just the very first, tiny step.

 

What nutrients should be in a good prenatal vitamin?

You need to be taking something with folic acid, vitamin D, calcium, vitamin C,vitamin B12, vitamin E, Zinc, and Iron. The DHA and ARA are optional, but are really good for baby.

Most prenatals wont give you "too much" but the Iron can make your stool hard and black, so a stool softener is recommended daily.

 

Is it possible to gain a lot of weight by taking too many prenatal vitamins?

From vitamin tablets? No. They are practically calorie free. But be careful not overdose. The body has a limit to how much of each vitamin it can absorb before it becomes counterproductive and toxifies it (e.g vitamin A is fat soluble, the body cannot store it and it can't be urinated out like vitamin C. So too much is toxic).