When you find out you’re pregnant, you start taking a closer look at all the things you put in and on your body and how they may affect your unborn child.
I wanted to keep things as natural as possible, so I had to get rid of or store away a bunch of beauty and hygiene products. Moisturizers. Eye creams. Hair mousse. Face masks. I went through them all to make sure I was using as few chemicals as possible. (Coconut oil really is amazing, btw.) At home, it was easy. But for the first few months of my pregnancy, I was still performing on Dancing With the Stars. All of the products they use for hair and makeup, though absolutely amazing, were full of chemicals. So I did my best to limit their use by bringing in products from home.
As an athlete who has been around nutrition nearly all her life, one of the first changes I made to my daily self-care routine was incorporating the vitamins and minerals needed to give Shai the best possible start at life. During pregnancy, you’re sharing resources with your unborn child. As it develops, its nutritional needs increase. And, without prenatal supplements, there are just not enough nutrients to go around.
Working with my amazing physician, Dr. Seeds, we put together a cocktail of natural supplements that would give my baby everything he needed to grow big and strong and give me the nutrients needed to stay healthy and function normally. It included:
- LivOn Lypo-Spheric supplements including Vitamin C to support my immune system, prevent pregnancy gingivitis and ease pregnancy-related joint and muscle pain; B-Complex for a natural energy boost without caffeine; Glutathione for immune system support and a nice shot of antioxidants; and R-Alpha Lipoic Acid to help maintain glucose levels so I didn’t develop prenatal diabetes.
- A Prenatal Multi-mineral vitamin with folic acid to help prevent brain and spinal cord defects.
- Iron supplements to prevent pregnancy anemia.
- Vitamin K2 and Calcium supplements for cardiovascular health and bone support.
- Iodine for healthy brain development.
- Omega 3 for healthy brain development (and because baby brain is totally a thing).
- And a Probiotic to prevent yeast infections and well, pregnancy does a number on your digestive system.
Because I chose not to drink any caffeine, I’d take them with my morning orange juice. The fact that the sugars and nutrients would make Shai do flips and kicks in my belly was a bonus. I looked forward to my morning vitamin bonding experience with him. After giving birth, I kept with my vitamin regimen to help keep up with the nutritional needs of breastfeeding and returning back to work.
As with many things in parenthood, there are many ways to go about getting to the same end – in this case, having a healthy, fully developed baby by providing it with the necessary vitamins and minerals.
I’m not trying to be one of those crunchy granola moms who judges other mothers for not eating organic or using only the purest, most natural products. It’s expensive and time-consuming (imagine reading through hundreds of ingredients in hundreds of beauty products – oof!). That just isn’t realistic for a lot of people. Rather, I’m giving you an idea of the thought I put behind the changes I made based on what I valued and the needs identified by my doctor. Your body is different. Your needs are different. Your values are different. And that’s cool.
In the end, parenthood is about doing the best for your child – how you get there is just the details.
Photo Credit: Shane Russeck