I know you can't give specific medical advice, so I'll try to keep my question general. I'm currently taking several supplements for general health (multi, fish oil, etc.) and some supplements to curb anxiety and depression (5-htp, St. John's Wort, L-theanine and inositol). This plan works really well for me where drugs have not; it's possible that the benefit outweighs the risk here... but I can't seem to figure out what the risk is with these, if any.
Please comment on the risks of taking any of these if you can. If I need to or choose to go off of these supplements, can you recommend any replacements that are known to be safe for conception and pregnancy?
And if I choose to wean off of something, when should I stop taking it? We've been TTC for six months and since it could be six more, I'd prefer to wait until I'm actually pregnant unless that's too risky.
Such a challenge to figure out, isn't it? I am not a midwife and thus do not have expertise on advising on supplementation in pregnancy beyond prenatal multivitamins and folic acid. But, I have reached out to some naturopathic midwife colleagues on this. I will let you know when I hear from them.
From a naturopathic midwife colleague:
L-theanine: haven't been able to find any studies on safety in pregnancy but might consider green tea which contains theanine in it--not sure if the decaf version is the same
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