Prenatal Vitamins: Setting Us Up for Life

Prenatal Vitamins: Setting Us Up for Life

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

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  1. I agree with all of your choices mentioned. My baby is now a moody 14-year-old boy who is going through puberty (I’m not going to survive this stage) but wish I had this valuable info when pregnant. My son has autism.

    Posted by: jane doe on May 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm
  2. Great post! Thank you for sharing! If my husband and I decide to have another baby, I definitely want to look into these supplements. And, yes, reading through ingredient lists on personal care/beauty products is, and was, daunting for me too…until I found Beautycounter. They have a “Never List”, and the heart of their movement is safety and performance. They have products for everyone. Check them out!

    Posted by: Kristen on May 3, 2017 at 11:05 am
  3. Can you post what actual brands you used for each?

    Posted by: Anastasia on April 27, 2017 at 6:41 am
  4. Good supplements are essential during hard times for your body. You might also look into vitamin d3 as a side note 🙂

    Posted by: Alex on April 27, 2017 at 1:29 am
  5. Can you share exact names/brands and doses you took of all those supplements?

    Posted by: Rachel on April 26, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  6. Thank you for all the extra information your blog provides! My husband and I are in the process of trying to get pregnant and having no such luck due to pcos. I’ve switched around a few habits and my dr already can see a difference and we are becoming hopeful again! I’m going to try your vitamin cocktail and see if that does the trick! Also, let Maks know I was cheering for him and Heather! Hate he didn’t get to dance as much.

    Posted by: Lain on April 26, 2017 at 6:21 pm
  7. Peta, I like how you are genuine, honest and non judgy. All good tips. Having a good relationship with ones Dr, being frank, and asking questions as to what’s best for mom-to-be and baby is very important. Wishing you and that adorable Shai the best!

    Posted by: Cindy on April 26, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  8. Enjoyed reading this! My husband and I are planning to get pregnant in about a year so I’m already thinking ahead. I think it’s great that you took so much extra thought into all that was going in your body. You’re an amazing mom I can tell!

    Posted by: Katarina Butterfield on April 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm