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post #21 of 48
Is anyone taking a separate dha supplement? I've been taking krill oil but I was just reading the label and it only has 50mg of dha. That seems low? Anyone else?
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Originally Posted by lightheartedmom View Post

Is anyone taking a separate dha supplement? I've been taking krill oil but I was just reading the label and it only has 50mg of dha. That seems low? Anyone else?


50mg is a pretty miniscule amount :(  You're probably eating more than that in a day unless you only consume processed foods.  I incorporate 2500-5000mg/2.5-5g a day into my diet through; ground flax seed, hemp seed or oil, walnuts, sunflower nuts, almonds, cashews, omega-3 enriched cereal or peanut butter, olive oil, fresh basil and dried oregano, wild salmon, pollock, cod or tuna, beans and cauliflower.  Some yogurts add omega 3's in the form of fish oils.  I prefer to stay away from the fish oils personally because I don't support farmed fish and am leery of the toxins.

 

post #23 of 48

Eggs also have omega 3...the better quality the more omegas :)

post #24 of 48

i may have to jump over to the target gummies - i have been taking the rainbow light one a day but they make me gag every time.  they are huge and not coated and the smell makes me heave.  i hate them.  they don't really bother my stomach though.

 

i also take the nordic naturals DHA fish oil (for pregnancy) daily.  the fish burps arent too terrible.

 

 

post #25 of 48
Thread Starter 

Has anyone taken the New Chapter Wholemega? Like? Dislike? Good thing to take while pregnant? I don't meet with my midwife for a couple weeks so I'm hesitant to start these on top of my prenatal. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/New-Chapter-Wholemega-1000mg-Softgels/dp/B002FU6I9K/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

post #26 of 48
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Originally Posted by zuzusplace View Post

I was just taking Kroger brand prenatal vitamins, but oooohhhhh Target makes GUMMY prenatals!!!!16 Might have to splurge a little LOL.



no splurge, they cost $7.00.

 

I also added floradix iron and herbs

post #27 of 48

I have some friends who do tea instead of pills.  I plan on ordering the herbs needed when I get some money.

 

here is what they have to say:

 


For those who enjoy recipes, here's one you might like. Just mix it all together and store in a big jar (I use a cookie jar). Then when you want some, put 2 Tbsp in a quart-size mason jar of hot water and let steep overnight. In the morning, strain out the herbs and enjoy your tea either full strength or diluted, whichever you prefer.

1 c alfalfa
1 c nettles
1 c red raspberry leaf
1/4 c red clover blossoms
1/4 c oatstraw
1/4 c lemon balm
1/4 c peppermint or spearmint (mainly for taste - omit if you hate mint)
1 Tbsp green stevia powder (for antioxidents and sweetness - add more if desired)

 

 

and the other friend

 

Here is the preggo tea I lived on while pregnant. I did NOT need to take prenatals and when I had my labwork done, the techs were shocked at my levels. They were superb, and I'd never once taken a prenatal vitamin my whole pregnancy. I credit this and other teas I took to help me have a super successful HBAC.

Ingredients:
raspberry
nettle
oatstraw

alfalfa
Dandelion (very bitter)
Peppermint or spearmint
chamomile is contraindicated in the first trimester, but ok after that (adds flavor and sweetness)

Boil a pot of water. Throw in herbs and turn off heat. COVER and let sit overnight. In the morning, strain and put into the fridge. You can heat it up or drink it cold. Good with honey and lemon. Drink at least 1 liter per day, preferably 2 liters.

The quantities you use are up to you. My DH made this for me every day. He takes a large pinch of raspberry, nettle, and Chamomile. A smaller pinch of nettle, oatstraw, and mint. A very small pinch of Dandelion, which is very bitter HOWEVER this root has the vitamin K you need for birth.

post #28 of 48

Thank you, Courtney!  I'm a tea lover.  I try to have at least 1 cup a day of the Traditional Medicinals Pregnancy Tea and/or red raspberry leaf tea that I picked from the garden.  Sometimes with a bit of honey, sometimes with a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses for extra iron.

post #29 of 48

I just got in my New Chapter Perfect Prenatals.  Before that I was just taking what was left of my Garden of Life RAW for Women.  I eat a pretty good WAP diet, so I'm not too worried about the vitamins but want to have a little extra just for my piece of mind.  I eat pastured eggs daily and drink nettles infusions and bone broth daily.  Oh and I'm *TRYING* to get myself to take Green Pasture's Fermented Cod Liver Oil, this would be a hard task when not pregnant.  Especially hard when everything makes me want to gag.

post #30 of 48

I just found out today and we were not TTC but will probably take the same thing as with my past pregnancies, Standard Process Catalyn with the addition of Folic Acid.

post #31 of 48

So speaking of tea--last pg I drank lots of RRL tea, starting about midway through my pg.  Is it alright to drink it throughout the entire pregnancy, or is there a reason to wait until a little later? 

post #32 of 48
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So speaking of tea--last pg I drank lots of RRL tea, starting about midway through my pg.  Is it alright to drink it throughout the entire pregnancy, or is there a reason to wait until a little later? 

 Hi Kate, RRL is safe to drink in the first trimester and can help prevent miscarriage.  Other sources will say different based on the over cautious route that's taken by the FDA where no herbs and supplements are considered safe or beneficial, pregnant or not.  I'm not an expert but that's what I've taken from my research.  There is a little information here http://currantsandspice.fateback.com/tonics.html and lots more on the web :)
 

 

post #33 of 48
I'm taking boring ole trader joe's prenatals (sorry Joe). I like chia seeds for omega, and hemp seed powder is my fav pregnancy supplement.
post #34 of 48
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Originally Posted by justKate View Post

So speaking of tea--last pg I drank lots of RRL tea, starting about midway through my pg.  Is it alright to drink it throughout the entire pregnancy, or is there a reason to wait until a little later? 



If I remember right, my midwife didn't want me to drink it until second trimester and if I got contractions from it to stop drinking it.  But I am not 100% sure.  I won't be drinking it until second trimester because I hate the taste of it. haha!

post #35 of 48
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Originally Posted by lightheartedmom View Post

Is anyone taking a separate dha supplement? I've been taking krill oil but I was just reading the label and it only has 50mg of dha. That seems low? Anyone else?


 

I'm taking nordic naturals DHA. They make a prenatal (lemon) and a regular (strawberry) and I took them the duration of my last pg. They have 450mg DHA and 90mg EPA and no fish burps!!!
 

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Originally Posted by zenproof View Post

i may have to jump over to the target gummies - i have been taking the rainbow light one a day but they make me gag every time.  they are huge and not coated and the smell makes me heave.  i hate them.  they don't really bother my stomach though.

 

i also take the nordic naturals DHA fish oil (for pregnancy) daily.  the fish burps arent too terrible.

 

 


I took the 1 pill a day Rainbow Light's during my last pg - I remember how difficult they were to swallow so I went with their "petite" version this time. Easier to swallow - but I have to take 3!!! I know what you mean about that taste.... but they don't tend to bother my stomach either.

 

Having tried both the lemon and the strawberry DHA from NN - I definitely get less burps with the Strawberry version... 

 



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no splurge, they cost $7.00.

 

I also added floradix iron and herbs


gonna get started with my floradix soon! Gosh that stuff worked great for keeping my energy up, and I didn't really mind the taste.

 



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Originally Posted by justKate View Post

So speaking of tea--last pg I drank lots of RRL tea, starting about midway through my pg.  Is it alright to drink it throughout the entire pregnancy, or is there a reason to wait until a little later? 


I remember reading to wait until the end of your 2nd trimester..... but I loved the stuff and if anyone else knows more about it I'd love to make a big pitcher of it iced and keep it in the fridge to drink.... I'm getting sick of seltzer!!!

 

post #36 of 48

I was told RRL can cause contractions sometimes by my doula last pregnancy. That could be why they say not to use it. As to prenatals, I am taking Rainbow Light Complete. It's 6 pills 2x a day and they smell terrible but they don't make me feel sick. I did notice that they add RRL and ginger so maybe that helps. For DHA, I take Nordic Naturals DHA prenatal (I was really excited when I found these because they are all natural and don't use farm fish!)

post #37 of 48

Is anyone else supplementing with B6 for sickness? I don't remember feeling icky at all last time, but I took the B6 religiously anyway. I have just been feeling AWFUL this time around, so I started back on the B6 today. If you are taking it, what's the dosage? (I hope it works, I can't keep the pregnancy a secret if I stagger around looking seasick all the time!)

post #38 of 48

I am!  I am taking 50mg two times a day for a total of 100mg plus my prenatal which has 15mg.  I have seen recommendations from 50mg-200mg.  I would start out with 25-50 and see if it helps, I am one of those why take more than you need people :)  It has been taking the edge off so far, I was throwing up at 12 dpo with DS and so far just gagging at 6wks 2D for this one.  Hope this helps.

post #39 of 48

I have been taking a coop brand prenatal vit and cod liver oil, and only now did I realize that I am getting too much vit A.  The prenatal has 8,000 iu and the cod liver as 2,500 iu.  I have seen that this is higher than what is recommended for pregnant women, because too much can cause birth defects.  Anyone have any wisdom to share?  I also have stopped taking them of course.

 

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Originally Posted by nelson View Post

I have been taking a coop brand prenatal vit and cod liver oil, and only now did I realize that I am getting too much vit A.  The prenatal has 8,000 iu and the cod liver as 2,500 iu.  I have seen that this is higher than what is recommended for pregnant women, because too much can cause birth defects.  Anyone have any wisdom to share?  I also have stopped taking them of course.

 



My understanding is that Vit A as beta carotine is okay-- it's the synthetic form that's a problem.  I probably wouldn't risk it to take both, but your prenatal label should state how much is in beta carotine form-- that might ease your mind a bit.

 

 

I had been taking Pregnancy Plus Prenatals because they tested very low for lead and did well in absorption studies.  Since ms kicked in, my dr suggested I switch to only Folic Acid in case the iron was adding to my tummy troubles.  When the sickness fades, I intend to go back to the prenatals.

 

ETA: also added 25 mg B6 twice a day for ms.

 

 

 

 

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