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When I was being seen by a HB MW she had a sheet for 3rd tri that included some suggested probiotics and additional supplements (for example: one being something for platelets if I remember right). We didn't discuss that stuff in depth and I didn't take the handout as my care with her was discontinued at 15 weeks.<br><br>
Yesterday I asked my hospital MW (who use to do HBs and seems to share many of my same treatment coals) if I should be doing anything else now that I'm in the 3rd tri and she said no not really, but did mention red rasberry leaf tea and that she wanted to check my iron. yippee.<br><br>
I typically like to be proactive in my medical treatment and I'm contemplating setting up an appt with my naturopath just to see if she has any advice. I was seen by her for hormonal issues in order to get pregnant and obviously I value her medical advice and know she has prenatal care experience.<br><br>
Do you think that would be a good idea - in the meantime, what advice or protocol has your care provider given and are you on any additional supplements or treatment plans?
 

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All my bloodwork looks really good, so my OB hasn't officially recommended anything beyond my prenatal. I take that, a calcium/mineral supplement because I know I don't eat enough dairy, and will sneak my daughter's DHA gummies. I don't like RRL tea. I'm debating doing EPO and 5W this time as we get closer to delivery - I need to make a decision on the 5W soon because I believe you are supposed to start taking that at 34 weeks and I can't find it locally so will have to order it. Not sure if I want to spend the money though because the straight cohosh didn't do anything for me last time.
 

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I am taking:<br>
A whole food prenatal (3/day)<br>
DHA/fish oil (3/day)<br>
Calcium/Mag/Zinc (3/day)<br>
Vitamin D (4000 iu/day)<br><br>
and recently added Floragen 3, a probiotic to hopefully fight GBS (I was positive last pregnancy). I had been taking regular Floragen and drinking kefir at least weekly up until now.<br><br>
I also drink RRL tea, though not daily. I don't know of anything to increase platelets, but Alfalfa (tea?) increases Vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting. My hemoglobin/hematacrit were fine, so no other iron supplements.
 

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I take a daily vitamin, a folic acid, and drink 2 cups a day of a Mama's Blend tea I found with Red Raspberry Leaf, Nettle, Alfalfa and Peppermint. I found the tea online and then went to my local herbist and mixed it myself. I made a TON of tea for only $14. Definitely worth it. Besides that, I'm going to start perineal massage with vitamin E and am also considering EPO and 5W--heard about 5W from NicoleS.<br><br>
I too, am being proactive this time. First time, I was blissfully unaware of the damage my baby would do to me on the way out. I'm praying that taking these steps may help me have a different outcome!!
 

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This is something I'm worried about, so thanks for bringing this up. The MW yesterday did not seem supportive of recommending a probiotic but I would really feel more comfortable exploring this.<br><br>
Beccabus - thanks for the perennial massage reminder - def. something I will be doing.
 

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The only thing my midwife reminded me of was increasing iron because blood levels are going up around 28 weeks. And I've been soooo tired, so I definitely need to keep boosting. And then add more calcium to reduce cramping - legs and bh.
 

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Uh, what is 5W?<br><br>
I am drinking nourishing pregnancy tea from a local herbalist ~2cups per day with Raspberry, nettle, oatstraw, spearmint, alfalfa, lemon balm, dandelion, rose hips, ginger.<br><br>
Thorne prenatal 3x day<br>
6000 IU D3<br>
Cal/Mag liquid supplement (most) days<br>
1tsp CLO Nordic Naturals<br>
probiotic --Metagenics Ultra Flora Plus<br>
digestive enzymes<br>
1 pkg emergen C<br><br>
I am getting my iron tested at this week's appt. I will supplement if I am low. Possibly with something called Blood Builder? I remember reading about it in a different thread...maybe the main pregnancy one.
 

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I'm on a prenatal and iron. I only really manage the iron every-other day because it makes me sick Hopefully that is enough. They had said I was "slightly" anemic.
 

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I take a prenatal vitamin daily, a DHA/Fish Oil capsule a few times a week and have also increased my calcium intake by eating more broccoli, yogurt, drinking milk (which I hate), etc.<br><br>
I am also eating a handful of pumpkin seeds or almonds each day usually with a 1/2 banana (my toddler eats the other half!)...I had really bad restless and crampy legs towards the end of my last pregnancy and am convinced it was from a deficiency of some vitamin or mineral because it got better when I added the seeds/nuts and banana to my regular diet last time. So this time, I just started eating a small amount almost daily proactively and so far, no restless legs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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CountryMommy - My DS and I share a lot of bananas, too.<br><br>
I'm taking a twice/day prenatal (with extra iron)<br>
cal/mag<br>
and recently trying 2 TBS of molasses to help with my iron<br>
Probiotics - I like to do probiotic "flushes" I take high doses of probiotics for one week every 2 months or as needed.<br><br>
my iron has been consistently low, and I haven't been able to get above 34. I've tried Floradix, but it makes me gag. I've also been paying close attention to what I eat, lots of dark greens, pumpkin seeds... I was raised vegetarian, so meat is not really an option. It makes me very sick whenever I accidentally eat some.<br>
I had the same problem when preg with DS, even though I was taking iron supplements. I'm starting to think its not a lack of iron in my diet, but something to do with the absorption. My iron bounced right back when we checked it 3 wks after DS was born.
 

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Well, my prenatal has probiotics in it supposedly, but I'm not going out of my way to take any unless I can stomach some yogurt.<br><br>
I eat some yummy gummy fish oil every day (thanks, NicoleS for that recommendation earlier-those are a lifesaver!)<br><br>
I drink some RRL Tea when I remember, usually mixed with some red clover and nettles. I take a calcium supplement when I remember, but I've been eating lots of dairy lately, too. Mmmm....milk.
 

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<a href="http://www.vitacost.com/MegaFood-DailyFoods-Blood-Builder" target="_blank">Here</a> is that blood builder stuff I mentioned before. I am thinking of taking it especially now that we need more iron (and cal and protein). I am probably borderline low although I feel fine. We'll see, getting blood drawn today.<br>
Also, it seems cheaper than floradix (and probably more palatable) but still food based....
 

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Well, my CNM's take on it is that I don't really need anything besides my prenatal and my iron pill (I'm slightly anemic). But she's fine with me taking a probiotic and extra calcium. She did tell me not to drink RRL, so I'm on the fence about it right now. If she hadn't said that, I probably wouldn't have thought twice about it. I'm also thinking about taking some EPO, but don't know when to start or how much. (CNM also says not to take that, as well as no DHA supp because it hasn't been studied enough....so that's all real frustrating. I don't like doing things she specifically tells me not to do.) Also, I've thought about switching to a different iron supplement when mine runs out, but not sure which. I guess I'll see how my new blood tests come back.<br><br>
This is what my daily supplements look like right now:<br><br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Rainbow Light Complete Prenatal System</span> 6/day (I take 3 in the am & 3 in pm)<br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Jarrow D3 400 I/U</span><br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Thorne DHA from Algae</span><br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Spectrum Fish oil</span> (I alternate those 2 DHA supplements)<br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Cal-Mag-Zinc</span> (I really don't know how much to take, if any, since my prenatal has 1000 mg calcium per day, and I usually eat 2 dairy servings/day.<br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">1 Slow FE tablet</span> (47.5 mg ferrous sulfate)<br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Dr. Ohhira's Probiotics</span>, 2 capsules/day (it says to take before meals, but I just take it during, with my other pills. I hope that's okay.)<br>
---<span style="text-decoration:underline;">500 mg Ester-C</span>
 

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I take a daily prenatal multivitamin that includes Omegas, and then a plant-based iron supplement (not Floradix, but similar). I just had my iron checked for the second time, and it's looking good (was anemic last pregnancy and on the edge before I started supps).<br><br>
I had bought some RRL tea to start, but then started getting quite consistent BH contractions, so m/w has recommended I don't start the RRL tea until closer to the end, since it would seem my uterus is doing a pretty good job of toning itself!<br><br>
Need to get GBS status checked at some point soon too - was + last pregnancy and want to avoid antibiotics this time.
 

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I take <b>platinum natural prenatal</b> cause it has quite a bit of fish oil in it and it's a liquid within a capsule so easier to absorb than powders, occassionally I take a packet of <b>CALMS magnesium</b> if I ahve trouble sleeping or BH or leg cramps, and usually I have at least 3 or more litres of herbal infusions a week -usually <b>alfalfa, nettle, oatstraw, burdock</b> (separately and alternating) and sometimes I have started mixing in rrl like once a week but I also find I get mild contractions when I do so going to lay off a few more weeks (I'm 32 wks now). I have also started taking <b>maca powder</b> about 1500mg or a bit more a day for energya dn stamina as my body wasn't ti[p top before pg and I don't want to tap into baby's adrenals.<br>
Not really a supplement but I have also started doing <b>fresh fruit and veggie juices,</b> esp on days where I don';t get all my veggies -like kale, carrot, orange, apple... it varies depending on what we have, carrot juice is suepr high in calcium and so are all my infusions plus I get dairy and nuts so I don't supplement it.<br>
For probiotics I eat yogurt that is organic high probiotic and I also down a <b>bio k</b> once a week or so<br>
Try to include lots of <b>seaweed</b> in soups for minerals and cause I have a thyroid issue. I use my instinct though, I find certain supplements appeal to me, certain herbs come into my mind so that is what I have.
 
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