Nutrition is paramount to me. Nutrition while pregnant is bordering on being as necessary as the air I breath.
I am taking a boat load of supplements.
In the meantime, this is what I start my day out with.
- Dehydrated grass fed liver pills
- Omega vitamins
- MTHFR approved prenatal vitamins
- 40mg of Prozac (blah!)
- Garden of Life probiotic
Depending on how my day is going, I try to split it up into taking them twice a day. I do have a 3 year old, though, so most of the time I’m trying to choke it down in one gulp.
The grass fed liver pills are super nutrient dense. I actually buy these at the farmer’s market, but I’ve known many people that buy a liver, chop it up into bite size pieces, freeze it (for at least 14 days to ensure that any parasites are killed) and then swallow the pieces like pills.
This will benefit me in one of two ways (hopefully). With my first, my iron was low and I had to take a prescription supplement that made me feel miserable. It made me nauseous AND constipated. I definitely don’t want a repeat of that.
Secondly, I suffered from low milk supply with both of my babies. This can be caused by a nutrient deficiency in the first trimester. That’s why I also want to add a green supplement like I mentioned above. In the interim, though, grass fed liver actually has a similar nutrient profile to the greens I listed.
I used donor milk to supplement my second baby, and hope to be so blessed this time around as well. We are planning on buying a deep freeze and finding a donor early on so we can use the breastmilk at a similar age range as our baby. I have already put out a couple of requests on local milk donor boards. If you happen to know someone who has a good milk supply and a newborn, I would love to chat with them!
I use the Seeking Health Optimal Fish Oil supplement in addition to the Seeking Health Optimal Prenatal. I chose these because I likely have MTHFR, which these are designed for individuals that have this genetic mutation. Epigenetics is a blog post on its own, so I will just touch briefly on it. This genetic anomaly was likely turned on within my DNA due to inadequate nutrition throughout my early years. As a result, some nutrients aren’t properly absorbed by my body. This impacts baby by also causing the same genetic mutation. Once it is turned on in the mother, the only way to turn it off in your child is to ensure proper prenatal nutrition. One of the tell tale signs of MTHFR in newborns is tongue tie. Both of my kids are tongue tied. I am as well.
Most prenatal vitamins contain folic acid, which is actually detrimental to those with MTHFR. It is assumed that approximately 40% of the population have MTHFR, however, this is new research and still isn’t widely accepted in the medical field – (in the same way that gut health still isn’t widely accepted as a link to neurological health, also new research).
I have to take my Prozac because it keeps me out of jail. I really don’t want to be pregnant and in jail. It probably isn’t healthiest for baby, but me being in jail also probably isn’t healthiest for baby. Priorities.
And, finally, my probiotic. I like the powdered stuff because I like adding it to plain yogurt. Plus it’s easy for me to keep a few in my purse in case an upset tummy plagues any one of us while we are out. A newborn receives all of its intestinal flora from mom, so ensuring that it receives a healthy population of intestinal flora upon birth is crucial for avoiding things like allergies, spit up, colic, etc. I don’t know that any new mom desires that for baby. Had I known I could have potentially avoided it in my first two pregnancies, I would have jumped on it.
I have no guarantee that this will produce the results I want to see, but it’s worth a shot. When I worked on healing Leif’s allergies and vaccine injuries through nutrition, I had no idea if it would work, but I was desperate enough to try. I am very pleased with our results.
This time around I am also at my recommended weight and have limited my exposure to toxins since shortly after my second baby was born. I am very interested to see how this pregnancy is different.
Wish me luck! I’ve backed off on rigorous exercise, but am still hiking for at least one hour every other day. I am considering running twice a week for 4 miles or less until it feels uncomfortable. I was very physically active with Leif and I do think it benefited him well.
In the meantime, I had a butterfly sit on my hand for almost 20 minutes today while the toddler was playing. They are paying our family lots of visits lately. They symbolize transformation, which is very exciting for us!