I have always believed that vitamins are best absorbed into the body when they come in actual food. I have been following the Bradley Method/Brewer diet pretty carefully, so I'm wondering if vitamins are really necessary, or if it's just overkill?
I think having enough folic acid, especially during TTC and first trimester are really important. I have mixed opinions on prenatals (the midwife I'm seeing does, too). Her rule of thumb is -- she'd prefer her clients don't take any if they're going to do the drug store type. She likes it if they take the health food store variety. But, even then, doesn't rec the full amount.<br><br>
I bought Bio-Metabolic Nutrition's Pre & Post Natal vits. She said to take 1-3 per day. The bottle says 3/day. Basically, I play it by ear. If I haven't eaten very well, I'll take three. But most days I take one.<br><br>
Also, this is just my own weird theory. I don't think it's been explored. But, when I was a week away from my due date last time, I stopped taking the prenatals. I did take supplements for labor reserves. Why did I do this? I was so afraid I'd go overdue. I was miserable and didn't want the babe to get the idea that my placenta was going to provide for another 6 months or something. Not exactly rational. But, I have heard of some women using the same prenatal at a MW practice in town all going 3-5 weeks overdue. The prenatal formula really made that placenta work really well. The poor MW kept wondering why all her clients were overdue. All the babes were fine, I just think it would be difficult to go 5 weeks overdue.<br><br>
Oh, I should note, my son was born 5 days after I stopped taking the prenatals. Coincidence, possibly. Will I stop taking prenatals when I'm ready to have this baby? Yes. Banking on coincidence again. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">: