Our tailored Pregnancy Support Pack is a range of supplements to help you on you way to a healthier and happier pregnancy and beyond.
The health products included in our tailored Pregnancy Support Pack have been specifically chosen because the nutrient-dense superfood, protein support and probiotic ingredients represent one of the most popular and useful combinations to support a healthy pregnancy giving you vitality, increased energy levels, immunity and well-being.
More about the products that make up this Pregnancy Support Pack:
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- 1x pot PregProBio: An 8 strain probiotic supplement with 4 billion organisms per capsule for full-spectrum support of the bowels and a healthy balance of friendly bacteria and yeast in the digestive tract.
Here’s a nice article regarding supplements during pregnancy by Angela Stinger, ND
Essential Supplements During Pregnancy
by Angela Stengler, ND
In addition, vitamin B12 deficiency is thought to be an independent risk factor for neural tube defects. I recommend a prenatal supplement that contains 200 micrograms or more of B12 daily.
Both folic acid and vitamin B12 work in tandem for fetal development such as cell division and the formation of the myelin sheath (nerve covering). They also prevent the buildup of homocysteine, a toxic by-product of protein metabolism that is thought to contribute to birth defects. The key point in regards to these two B vitamins is they should be taken before conception.
Prenatal multivitamins also contain iron. This is to meet the increased blood production needs of the baby and so iron deficiency, known as anemia, is prevented. Extra iron supplementation beyond the multivitamin should only be used under the recommendation and supervision of a physician. Avoid iron sulfate (ferrous sulfate) as it causes constipation.
In addition to the benefits attributed to specific supplements, a 1998 study found that a child’s risk for developing a brain tumour decreased in relation to the number of trimesters the mother took multivitamin supplements during pregnancy, with the greatest benefit being when the mother took prenatal vitamins during all three trimesters.
Calcium and Magnesium
Calcium is important for the skeletal development of the fetus and also to maintain the mother’s bone health. I have also found when taken with magnesium, calcium helps prevent and treat muscle cramps and spasms that can be encountered during pregnancy. Supplemental calcium has also been shown to reduce blood pressure during pregnancy. As an added bonus, many of my patients report sleeping better when taking their calcium supplement in the evening. I recommend a total supplemental dosage of 1000 to 1200 mg of calcium and 500 mg of magnesium daily.
Essential Fatty Acids
Long chain fatty acids, also known as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, are important for fetus growth and development. Specifically, a type of omega 3 fatty acid known as DHA is involved with brain and retina development. Many human pregnancy supplementation trials with omega-3 fatty acids have shown a significant reduction in the incidence of premature delivery and increased birth weight. Coldwater fish such as salmon and mackerel are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Other sources include nuts such as walnuts and flax seeds. Fish oils are a direct source of DHA and vegetarian algae forms of DHA supplements are available as well. I recommend taking at least 300 mg of a DHA rich omega-3 fatty acid supplements daily. When using fish oil, make sure the product has been thoroughly screened for heavy metals and other contaminants.
Supplementing probiotics, also known as beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus, during pregnancy and breastfeeding may reduce the risk of the child developing eczema. This is important, as close to 15 percent of children develop eczema. While the exact mechanism is not known, good bacteria such as acidophilus is known to help with the digestion of food and may reduce food reactions, a common reason for eczema. Also, beneficial bacteria promote a healthy immune system. I particularly recommend probiotics such as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium if a pregnant woman has been on antibiotics or needs antibiotics throughout pregnancy. I recommend a product that contains a daily total of four billion active organisms, to be taken 30 minutes after a meal.
These key supplements will contribute to the health and happiness of your newborn.
About the Author
Angela Stengler, ND, is a naturopathic doctor, author, and a mother of three children. She specializes in women’s and children’s health.