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Just wanting to check in and see what all everyone is taking now that we are nearing the end.<br><br>
I brewed my first pot of RRL tea today, mostly because it is suddenly stinking hot & I wanted some iced tea waiting for me in the fridge to quench my thirst. I have some red clover & nettle leaves, but I'm not sure if they are recommended for pregnancy.<br><br>
I'm going to wait on the EPO until 36 weeks because I'm travelling long distances then.<br><br>
I've been taking a special prescription prenatal but pills in general seem to make me gag these days. I might start the cal/mag again.<br><br>
Any suggestions for what might help my moderately puffy feet? I'm thinking it is heat & exercise related because I have no other risk symptoms.<br><br>
So what is everyone else taking at this point?
 

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The only thing I've added at this point is chlorophyll/alfalfa geltabs, at my midwife's suggestion. They get more Vitamin K into my system, which will help with clotting.<br><br>
I've bought RRL tea a couple of days ago, but haven't actually tried it yet.<br><br>
And I'm watching to see what others suggest for the puffy feet! I had several people say it meant I needed to stay more hydrated, but I don't think I can fit any more liquid in me during a day! It just started when the weather around here began hitting the high 70s/low 80s, so I'm assuming that it's at least partially heat-related, but the idea of putting ice on my feet just sounds unpleasant.
 

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I just bought my first box of RRL tea too! I had never had it and I love it (I like a robust black tea flavor!) I mainly bought it to help me wean off of my morning Irish Breakfast tea/coffee. I don't mind drinking a cup or two during preg. but not while nursing, so this tea is a good alternative. I have cod liver oil I swore I was going to take during the last trimester, but the flavor is so yuck... I'm going to try to commit taking it at least this last month!
 

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My LIST-<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Daily- from the beginning-</span><br>
Prenatals (whole food prenatals that I can take on an empty stomach-New Chapter)<br>
Vit D and C (emergen-c)<br>
Probiotics<br>
B-complex<br>
Cod Liver Oil- when I feel up to taking the giant pill... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Added to above in Second Trimester-</span>(I have low iron levels)<br>
Flouradix<br>
RRL Tea, Nettle Tea and Third trimester tea- I mix it up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Added in Third Trimester-</span>- to boost Vit K and increase Iron<br>
Alfalfa tablets<br>
Herbal iron tincture(with yellow dock root, nettle lf, and dandelion root)<br>
Cal/mag- occasionally a few days a week<br><br>
35w- EPO orally<br>
37w- EPO vaginally<br>
36w- Garlic cloves- vaginally(ward off GBS) as well as Hydrogen peroxide washes.<br><br>
Holy Crap....that's a long list..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
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I've heard that increasing your salt(sea salt) and protein helps with puffy feet- as well as ward off pre-e. Also more fluids and regular exercise(walking). This was my MW's suggestion....<br><br>
Take Care,<br>
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Prenatal/DHA<br>
Alfalfa caps<br>
Baby aspirin (will stop at 38 weeks)<br>
B Complex<br>
B6<br>
Milk thistle<br>
Cal/mag w/ vit D<br><br><br>
RRL tea (2-3 cups per day)<br>
Pregnancy blend tea (doesn't have RRL, but has alfalfa, nettle, etc. - make 1 cup/day)<br><br><br>
I take the milk thistle and baby aspirin especially to ward off pre-e (or high BP, which I've had once in the past). I have no swelling at all. I also drink 100-150 oz of water a day besides the teas and some sweet tea here and there and an occasional glass of milk. I also have a protein shake/smoothie everyday or every other day at least. I use organic whey protein powder and that plus whatever I put in (sometimes ice cream, but usually fruits and veggies) - it's about 35-40g of protein.
 

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I might add the RRL tea along with my prenatal, fish oil, cal/mag and liquid chlorophyll.
 

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Daily I take my Rainbow Prenatals, cranberry with uvi ursa (i'm prone to kidney issues), and dandelion root (which btw will help with swelling and puffiness). I added alfalfa tablets a few days ago. With my other 3 pregnancies i took EPO and RRL, this time i'm doing neither. My mw's and I agree there is no need for extra toning of my uterus as they said its in wonderful shape from birthing last year. And honestly i don't want to give my body any extra help at another fast labor. This time i'm really hoping for at least 6 hours of labor, so i've ditched supplements that help with uterus toning and so on.
 

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I agree it is probably the heat + exercise causing the puffy feet! I have found the best remedy to be a quick soak in a very COLD foot bath, even with a few ice cubes thrown in there!<br>
As for teas & vitamins, I am still taking my Rainbow prenatals & also just bought some RRL tea, but I've only had it a few times. Anyone know how much RRL tea is okay to drink at this point? I don't want to overdo it!
 

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I currently take Vit D(3) and fish oil (Nordic Naturals-only fish oil I can tolerate).<br>
I'll add EPO orally at 35-36 weeks, increasing dosage weekly until birth.<br>
That will probably be the extent of my supplementation. RRL tea makes me gag <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Give nordic naturals a try. Seriously. I have a very difficult time tolerating certain vitamins and supplements (thank you HG<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">) and I can take Nordic Naturals fish oils with NO problem at all. They are flavored so if you do burp them you burp lemon or strawberry not nasty fish.
 

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I take my Prenatal, B 6 to help with water retention, B50, Cal/Mag with D, C1000tr, and my celexa.
 

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Wow. I take nothing! Lol.<br><br>
I talked to my MW about it and she said i am healthy, my diet is varied and i have nothing notable in my blood results so i don't need a supplement (i took one for the first tri for the folate).<br><br>
As of 34 weeks i'm drinking 1 cup of RLT a day, moving now i'm 36 weeks to 1-2cups. To be honest it's giving me really really super-long BH ctx (like over 90 seconds) though so i'm not all that excited to keep increasing it! My MW doesn't care if i go over 42 weeks so long as the baby seems fine, so i'm not doing EPO either.
 

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I tried drinking RRT with my first, I jsut can not stand the taste. It didn't matter what I did........
 

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I gulp my RRL really fast. It helps if I drink it lukewarm, not hot or cold, for whatever odd reason. But I drink a 6-8 oz glass of it in about 20 seconds or less, as I am not a huge fan of the taste either. :/
 

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RRL tastes awesome if you mix it with nettle tea. I can't drink it by itself either, blech! But mixed with nettle and iced is great! I haven't had any thus far though I'm sure I'll add it at some point...<br><br>
I am taking Floradix right now...<br>
I will add Mother's Cordial herbal blend from the naturopath at 36 weeks (I can't believe that is only 2 weeks away! ACK)<br>
And internal EPO starting at 36ish weeks or a little later. I do not take it orally since I have a history of PPH.
 
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