@MarieHoney, does vitex help with progesterone during pregnancy? I thought you were supposed to stop taking it once you ovulated (if you were ttc)?
I don't usually take vitamins but just started taking New Chapter Perfect Prenatal because I'm feeling depleted from so much nursing an interrupted sleep these past 3 years. I looked at a lot of prenatals and chose this one because it's organic and Non-GMO Project verified. I also like that the vitamin A is 100% beta-carotene and it has the MK-7 form of K2.
Aside from that, we always take fermented cod liver oil, butter oil and additional vitamin D daily. I'm a sun-worshipper and I know I get an awesome amount of D in the warmer months, but I take care to supplement in the colder months. I also take Dr. Ron's adrenal capsules because I know my adrenals aren't functioning optimally and I don't want to take from the baby's adrenals.
I also think of food as medicine and I'm very particular about where our food comes from. For the past 3 years, we've been getting a quarter of a beef every month that's 100% grass-fed and organic. Beef is our main protein staple but we also eat pastured poultry/pork and venison when we have it. We eat a lot of 100% grass-fed, raw dairy and we use lard for everything. It comes from pastured, organically-raised pigs and I consider it an excellent source of vitamin D. We have a wonderful local source if pastured eggs and we go through at least a dozen a day. And from May-November, we have the most amazing CSA! Around this time of the year I start to daydream about it constantly. It's biodynamic and is part of a Camphill Village with strong ties to the Waldorf School. I spend many days there, walking barefoot in the beautiful fields, collecting herbs like red raspberry leaves, plantain, purslane, red clover and nettles. I think it's my most favorite magical place; just digging my bare toes into that soft ground is like a million years of meditation. I feel instantly grounded and connected to the earth. Sigh.
During the winter, I get our veggies from the farmers' market. I grow a lot of veggies during the warm season but the darn cats ruined my entire crop of arugula, kale and collards this fall. I told DH last night that he must build me some long wooden troughs so I can plant my greens where the cats can't dig them up and poop on them.
I'm wary of seafood since Fukushima so we've pretty much stayed away from it. :( I miss wild salmon very much but I just don't know yet how safe/unsafe it is to eat. I know yellow fin tuna is practically glowing in the dark with radiation since it makes 4 trips across the Pacific each year, right up to Japan's coast. :( Dave (the owner of Green Pastures) has been testing his cod livers and so far, they've all been okay. It's hard not to fall into a pit of despair when you keep having to cut out food staples because they've become too toxic to eat. :(