Prenatal Vitamin Alternatives Part 1
One of the most requested topics I get is how to create a prenatal alternative. I'll be straight to the point - it is important to supplement with extra nutrients when pregnant, and it's important not to take excess nutrients while pregnant if not necessary.
I'll be sharing these alternatives over time, so I can detail what steps can be taken to get all nutrients required during pregnancy.
When it comes to creating an alternative, the methodology I use is to look at pregnancy nutrient requirements and use various foods and supplements to reach those requirements.
Please note: this is not medical advice, and you should consult your own health practitioner before supplementing or making changes to your supplementation routine. This post is for educational purposes only.
What nutrients are essential during pregnancy?
Calcium - for calcium, I suggest aiming to eat high-quality dairy and seafood (like sardines), but bone marrow (I suggest ancestral supplements) and pearl powder are two other great options. Another option is to grind eggshells and make a calcium powder if you are comfortable with that approach, as eggshells are a great source of calcium, but that is something that I would personally use as a last resort. Calcium needs in pregnancy are only 1,000 mg a day, which can be reached if you are eating dairy, seafood, and cooked leafy greens.
Iron - beef liver or spleen is far superior to inorganic iron (found in conventional prenatal vitamins), which will feed pathogenic overgrowth and might contribute to insulin resistance in some individuals. I like Ancestral Supplements - and stay tuned for a promo code soon so you can save on their supplements!
Vitamin A - beef liver (in capsules if needed) is a great vitamin A source, but I suggest a half dose in pregnancy - 3 capsules a day max is what I suggest for my pregnant clients. If you can eat it cooked with your food, that is a great option - but during pregnancy, it's already difficult to eat meat in the first place, so capsules are more realistic for most pregnant women.
Vitamin C - for daily use, acerola cherry is a better option, along with tropical fruits. "Micro-ingredients" is a great brand, and one serving a day is a great serving size for most women. Kiwi, red bell peppers, potatoes, and guava are amazing sources of vitamin C, and eating plenty of vitamin C-rich foods in addition to having acerola cherry is a great way to reach your 80 - 2,000 MG (maximum) vitamin C needs during pregnancy.
Coming up next: more about the other nutrients that are needed during pregnancy - including magnesium, zinc, selenium, iodine, the B vitamins, vitamin D, and so much more.
To understand this topic more, listen the audio that goes along with this topic. Any questions? Ask me during the weekly Q&A!