One of the most frequently asked questions that I get from women is what supplements to take while pregnant. Since I have been pregnant 2 times, I have a lot to say about this. I hope you know that you should supplement while pregnant because you are growing another person inside you and you need the extra nutrients. I chose Shaklee supplements for all my pregnancies and swear by them.
Shaklee’s been around for over 50 years and is the number one natural nutrition company in the USA.
I am not a doctor but Shaklee has lots of doctors on board and this is what they recommend for pregnancy.
Because the nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation are unique to this stage of a women’s life, we strongly urge all women who are pregnant or nursing to discuss the use of dietary supplements with their obstetrician.
However, along with our general recommendation to eat a healthy, well balanced diet to ensure pregnant and nursing women are meeting their nutritional needs, we also recommend a combination of Shaklee supplements that can be used as alternatives to a standard prenatal vitamin once discussed with the Obstetrician.
An excellent “Shaklee alternative” would be:
2 tablets of B complex for the basic prenatal nutrients, in particular folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects
For women who do not drink milk or eat the recommended number of servings of dairy foods the addition of:
2-4 tablets of OsteoMatrix can help meet needs for calcium,vitamin D and other bone health nutrients
To provide a safe and beneficial amount of omega three fatty acids (ie. DHA):
3 softgel capsules of OmegaGuard per day are recommended to support fetal brain development
It is not uncommon for some pregnant women to need additional:
1 tablet of Iron plus C can be added providing an additional 18 mg of Iron and 60 mg of Vitamin C
Shaklee 180 meal smoothee prepared as directed, and used as part of healthy breakfast or midday snack provides a mother and her growing fetus with an additional 270 calories, 24 grams of high quality protein and 6 grams of fiber.
Although Vitalizer is a comprehensive nutritional foundation for virtually all adults, there are some components that might not generally be considered essential in a standard prenatal nutrition program. In addition, certain nutrients such as folic acid were not included at levels intended to support a pregnant mother and her growing baby. The use of Vitalizer during pregnancy should be discussed with the Obstetrician, who may wish to suggest an addition 1-2 B Complex and Osteomatrix as stated above if approved for you.
I recommend everything that Shaklee recommends with a few additional lifestyle products.
Shaklee 180 Energy Tea for ever more energy. I didn’t take this with my first 1st pregnancy but I really needed extra energy with my 2nd baby. Chasing around a toddler while huge and pregnant in the summer calls for a little help!! I asked my doctor and she said it was fine. No more than 1-2 teas a day.
Get Clean Non-Toxic Cleaners and Natural Laundry products because you should NOT be cleaning with toxic cleaners. If you haven’t switched to natural cleaners now, you should ASAP. If not for you, for your baby. This kit has everything you need to start cleaning your way to a healthier home.
Enfuselle Skin Care and Natural Hair Care because you should remove all toxins from your home including and especially your what goes on your skin. Did you know that anything you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body…where your baby is? Sick. Not for me.
Natural Daily Care like toothpaste, deodorant, lotions, etc. because I believe you should take out all toxins.
Stay tuned for my posts about postpartum care and breastfeeding nutrition.
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Congrats on your pregnancy! I wish you a happy & healthy pregnancy, birth, and baby!
Enjoy this time. Thank you for letting me help you build the healthiest baby.
Your baby will be here soon…