What brand of prenatal vitamins is everyone taking? Does anyone have experience with Brain Strong? My doctors never seem to care which one or recommend one brand over another.
Me too. I was taking Rainbow Light Once A Day but after doing some research, I switched to these. These are whole foods based and Rainbow Light Once A Day is synthetic, from what I understand.
They are pricey though. I normally buy them on amazon. It my local whole foods just had a big sale on them and had $6 coupons sitting on the shelf alongside, so I stocked up.
i personally am taking Pure Encapsulations and took then through out my pregnancy with DD with success. A great friend and wise woman mentor runs this page/group and has lots of great info on this topic for anyone interested--she recommends a differnet brand USANA, but I am happy with Pure: http://thepeacefulbirthproject.org/pregnancy-nutrition/. There is a ton of great info on her site for other pregnancy/birth related stuff, too.
ALso, there is some info about lead in vitamins from the FDA that is interesting to follow up on. http://www.fda.gov/Food/FoodSafety/FoodContaminantsAdulteration/Metals/Lead/ucm115941.htm
I had never heard the "big head" theory either but your post got me curious. I did a web search and this was what I found:
One clinical trial found that women who supplemented with fish oil (1.5 grams eicosapentaenoic acid [EPA] and 1 gram docosahexaenoic acid [DHA] daily) from their 30th week of pregnancy extended the pregnancy by 4 days and gave birth to infants weighing an average of 100 grams more that infants born to mothers supplementing with placebos (olive oil). Other studies have failed to confirm these effects.
Infants who receive DHA supplementation in utero are found to have a higher IQ, larger head size, and better vision at age four.
But nowhere did I find anything that said you would have a big headed baby at birth. Perhaps an urban legend??
It is very interesting! I wonder why I couldn't find anything that backs it up. Hmmm, well she delivers babies everyday so she must see something that makes her say that. I will look around more and see what I can learn!
It is interesting to me that it makes your gestation longer. My last baby went 2 weeks late and I was taking a DHA prenatal vitamin however, he did have a normal size head. It is all very interesting.
I have been agonizing over vitamins this time around. When I got my + test I ran out to the health food store and picked up a 30 day supply of a prenatal that does have DHA and the more I have been learning the more I think I am switching. I just ordered the Rainbow Light brand that my midwife recommended but after that 2 month supply runs out I may switch to something else.
I usually have a very "clean" diet with lots of fruits and veggies so I don't worry so much about it but I am feeling so sick and NOTHING sounds good so I'm sure my diet is definitely lacking. Plus, I am still nursing my youngest so I want to make sure all 3 of us are getting what we need.......AAAHHHH, so much to think about!!
Why is taking Omega-3 especially important during pregnancy?
Omega-3s have been found to be essential for both neurological and early visual development of the baby. However, the standard western diet is severely deficient in these critical nutrients. This omega-3 dietary deficiency is compounded by the fact that pregnant women become depleted in omega-3s, when the fetus uses omega-3s for its nervous system development. Omega-3s are also used after birth to make breast milk. With each subsequent pregnancy, mothers are further depleted. Research has confirmed that adding EPA and DHA to the diet of pregnant women has a positive effect on visual and cognitive development of the baby. Studies have also shown that higher consumption of omega-3s may reduce the risk of allergies in infants.
Omega-3 fatty acids have positive effects on the pregnancy itself. Increased intake of EPA and DHA has been shown to prevent pre-term labor and delivery, lower the risk of pre-eclampsia and may increase birth weight. Omega-3 deficiency also increases the mother's risk for depression. This may explain why postpartum mood disorders may become worse and begin earlier with subsequent pregnancies.
Also, I found this interesting article summarizing research on the issue. It's from NIH in 2008:
With my first pregnancy I took MegaFood Baby and Me (http://www.vitacost.com/megafood-baby-and-me)..
In fact, I ordered two more bottles right before baby girl was born, and never used them due not being able to breastfeed.. So I just gave them to a pregnant friend.
I could bang my head against the wall now!
Though, with everyone talking about the New Chapter vitamins, I just may have to try them. They are cheaper then the MegaFood, and are still whole food vitamins.