FEBRUARY 27, 2009

I have had a hard time compiling diet and nutrition info for the hub and I. I plan to use this page as a place to track what I learn from my research, as well as share with you what I learn works well with me.
PLEASE feel free to comment, let me know other sources you find, etc.

PRENATAL VITAMINS—WOMEN’S

Multi-Vitamin with folic acid. I knew that I needed to be taking vitamins, and have been taking a multi-vitamin for a long time now. When we wanted to get pregnant, I added in the folic acid. Folic acid, a B vitamin, helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord when taken before the end of early pregnancy. It is available in most multivitamins, as a folic acid-only supplement and in some foods. The March of Dimes website has an interesting section on folic acid, including a video that you may want to check out.

Calcium supplement. I was also told to up my Calcium, which I “thought” I was pretty good at already! The recommended dose is 1200mg of Calcium a day. You can easily get this in a calcium supplement. I was told that Calcium Citrate (as opposed to Calcium Carbonate) is best, and absorbed well into the stomach. It can be taken on an empty stomach because it does not require stomach acid to break apart.

Omega-3 supplement. This was recommended by my doctor. You should check with your doctor before you start this one. My doc said there was evidence that shows significant help in the development of the baby’s brain by taking Omega-3 supplement .

Fiber Supplement. I began taking a fiber supplement for several reasons: 1) to keep my already low blood pressure down; 2) to keep my cholesterol low; and 3) to {try} to keep myself as regular as possible. I have heard from many friends that constipation is a problem during pregnancy, so I figure, start now! One of the great challenges of taking a fiber supplement was to find an organic one that did not contain aspartame (a HUGE no-no for pregnancy, as it has been linked to miscarriage). I finally found one that I like, Organic Clear Fiber. You can buy this in a bunch of different flavors at Whole Foods or online.

yummy yummy in your tummy

yummy yummy in your tummy