9 Reasons You Should Have Sex While Pregnant

9 Reasons You Should Have Sex While Pregnant

Something every woman wonders when she gets pregnant is: what effect will sex have on my baby? what effect will it have on me? Is it safe? Why or why not?

Fortunately for everybody invovled, except for in rare cases, sex is totally awesome for both you and your baby! Even while your sex drive will most definitely fluctuate throughout pregnancy, there will probably be some libido highs. At these points I recommend – nay, I absolutely insist! – that you indulge in a good romp.

Your own health and the health of your baby will both thank you.

(For more on pregnancy, labor, birth, and post-partum, see my favorite guide – it’s a classic! – here.)

Here are 9 reasons you must have sex while pregnant.

First – you might wonder – Is it safe?

You betcha its safe!

Most women who are having a normal pregnancy may continue to have sex right up until their water breaks or they go into labor. You won’t hurt the baby. The amniotic sac and the strong muscles of the uterus protect your baby, and the thick mucus plug that seals the cervix helps guard against infection. In fact, plenty of babies appear to like it. Some rest more peacefully.

Orgasms themselves may cause mild uterine contractions (as can nipple stimulation!), yet they are both temporary and harmless.

1) Lowers blood pressure

Because its a form of exercise as well as a way to release happy chemicals and reduce stress, sex has been found to lower blood pressure. This is excellent for both you and your baby, since high blood pressure is one of the most prominent causes of the pregnancy complication preeclampsia.

2) Improves the immunological relationship between you and your baby

Since the fetus is a foreign body, the immune system of the pregnant mother goes on the defensive during pregnancy. This can be dangerous to both the mother and the baby as it can create an immune system war of sorts.

Fortunately, a healthy diet in a body low in insulin, blood pressure and other inflammatory markers helps keep this immune response under control.

Additionally, semen has a particular protein in it, called Human Leukocyte Antigen G. HLA-G modulates and suppresses a pregnant woman’s immune reaction to her fetus and its foreign tissue. HLA-G is absorbed through the vagina after ejaculation. It is also absorbed through the stomach if you ingest it during foreplay!

Sex therefore helps prevent immunological war! This is another factor that can go a long way towards preventing preeclampsia.

Image courtesy of sciencenordic.com

Image courtesy of sciencenordic.com

 

3) Pain reduction

Orgasms – though sex in general, really – release high doses of oxytocin, the “love” or “cuddle” hormone that is associated with happy bonding feelings. Oxytocin also happens to dramatically increase pain tolerance – which can be a big bonus for women nearing the end of the third trimester.

4) Birth Control Free Pass!

This is one of my favorites. Here – you don’t have to worry about pregnancy! You’re already pregnant! Score one for simple, unprotected sex.

Go get em, tiger.

5) You get to explore a new body

Your body might be in funny shapes that makes you feel uncomfortable, but you should instead feel empowered and awesome! Your body has a BABY in it, for crying out loud!

Your breasts will also grow during pregnancy, which can be fun to play with.

Other things change as well, so play with them while you’ve got them! Even if they’re new curves and jiggly spots, that’s totally awesome too! Maybe pregnancy can help you develop your love for those parts of your body.

6) Increased sex drive

Pregnancy increases bloodflow to the pelvic area, which increases orgasmic sensitivity. Boatloads of women report having mindblowing orgasms while pregnant – some even having orgasms for the first time! This is especially true of the second trimester. Sometimes women report the extra sensation as too strong for pleasurable sex, but even for these women that is not all of the time.

You may also experience increased vaginal lubrication during pregnancy, which can be a lot of fun.

7) Heightened breast sensitivity

Breasts often feel tingly, tender, and unusually sensitive to touch, particularly in the first trimester, due to the high influx of female hormones during this time.

8) Start or Speed labor

Semen contains prostaglandins which help soften and dilate the cervix, speeding and easing labor. Orgasms can also give you a hefty dose of oxytocin, which is the primary hormone responsible for contractions!

So long as your water hasn’t yet broken, sex before labor is 100% safe! Having sex at this time can help induce labor, speed it up, and maybe even make it feel less painful!

9) Increased post-partum recovery speed

Sex and orgasms increase the strength of pelvic floor muscles (as do kegel exercises). Strengthened pelvic floor muslces speed up muscle healing in the days and weeks following birth.

This is also excellent for supporting bladder control. Many pregnant women have experienced involuntary urination at some point or another – when you have a scare or laugh too hard, or anything at all, really! But kegels, sex, and stronger pelvic muscles can definitely help you control that.

So that’s my list! What do you think?

(And again – for more on pregnancy, labor, birth, and post-partum, see my favorite guide by Ina May here.)

So – what is your experience with pregnancy and sex? Love it? Hate it? I know lots of women who say it’s the best sex of their lives, even though there are plenty others who have leses mind-blowing experiences. I would LOVE to hear your stories in the comments!!!

9 Reasons You Should Have Sex While Pregnant

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Breast Milk

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Breast Milk

So you’ve made it through pregnancy…Congratulations!

(Here’s my post on the nine crucial foods for a healthy pregnancy.)

Yet now what? Is there anything special you can or should eat while you breastfeed?

Of course there is!

Nursing is a critical time for the health of your baby. It provides nutrients to help build gut flora, to strengthen mental development, and to support healthy organ growth. It’s the pillar of a new-born’s nutrition. Perhaps it goes without saying, but the contents of breast milk are incredibly important.

Fortunately, even in conditions in which food and nutrients are limited, the vitmain profile of breastmilk stays pretty constant. This is excellent news for your baby – it means that she or he will probably be well nourished regardless of whether you adhere perfectly to the perfect diet! On the other hand, this is not so excellent news for you, since the way your infant achieves this is by stealing from your nutrient stores.

PLUS – some nutrients simply don’t have endless storage space in your body, so you want to keep these levels rich and plentiful. If you run out of them your baby will be out of them, too.

So to ensure the best nourishment for your baby and to protect yourself while nursing, here’s what you do:

For macronutrient intake

Breast milk is composed of 38% carbs, 55% fat, and only 7% protein.  When the protein content of formula is raised from a simpe 7 to 9 percent, babies more easily become overweight by age two. No one’s sure why, but a lot of protein is not awesome for babies.

The implication of this fact for the best diet for moms is unclear. Should women eat protein-limited diets while pregnant and nursing?

On the flipside of warnings against high protein intake is the fact that one big problem for nursing mothers is muscle wasting. The average nursing woman who eats the basic RDA for protein, which is about 50 grams a day, loses approximately 20% of her lean tissue to cover the nursing related shortage.

The best thing to do, then, is to eat a healthy amount of protein but not to go overboard. The body will moderate the milk production properly. Shoot for 100 grams of protein (or 16 oz) every day. That may sound like a lot – but don’t forget that calorie needs are enhanced during breastfeeding. Because women eat more when nursing, 100 grams amounts to less than 20% of calories a day, which is within the healthy range for moms and babies both.

As for carbohydrates and fat…

I encourage you to eat neither low carb nor low fat. Do not deprive your body of the fuel it needs in either regard. Get at least 150 grams of carbohydrate and 60 grams of fat each day. If you are eating 100 grams of protein (as you should be!) you will still need more food on top of these basic recommendations, at least 800 calories worth. These are the simple lower limits I provide. The rest of your calories should come from carbs or from fat – whichever you choose will be a healthful choice.

Vitamins to ensure adequate intake of:

The most common deficiencies for nursing women are zinc and calcium. Other risky nutrients are magnesium, vitamin E, vitamin D, B vitamins (especially folate and also B6, and most especially if you used hormonal birth control before conception, as that can lower B6 stores), and iron (if you resume menstruating after birth).

This does not mean you should go out and grab a calcium supplement! To the contrary – you can do very well with food alone. This is especially true of the B vitamins and iron if you consume your 100 grams of animal protein every day as well as leafy greens on a daily basis.

Just in case, however, these are the supplements I recommend:

Osteocalm – a magneisum / calcium blend made by the same company that produces the beloved Natural Calm

Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend (just take this one already! 😉 )

Vitamin D (if you choose not to take the fermented cod liver oil)

Zinc

Foods to focus on:

Coconut cream and oil

Coconut is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid, which is excellent for breast-feeding in many ways.

For one, because it is saturated, it can contribute significantly to the production of breast milk, which is mostly saturated fat.

For another, coconut’s unique status as a medium-chain acid means that it is uniquely supportive of the body’s detox processes, helping to prevent toxins from entering breast milk.

Third, coconut is anti-microbial, which helps prevent you from becoming ill and also from transmitting illness to your infant.

Finally and crucially, coconut can play a great role in your health and happiness, as you need saturated fat to manufacture cholesterol and hormones — two crucial things for getting your body back up and running smoothly post-birth.

(You can get the fabulous organic and cold pressed brand I personally use here)

Organic, grass-fed red meat (especially fatty cuts!) 

The fat from animals is largely saturated fat, so it also provides ample fuel for your body to produce breast milk.

Additionally, while most animal protein sources are rich in vitamins and minerals, red meat in particular is rich in all of the B vitamins, especially B12, which is crucial for the health of you and your infant. It is also a rich source of folate – another type of B vitamin – which infants really need to support healthy brain and nervous system development.

Folate is important to get in the diet on a regular basis because the body can’t store that much of it.

Red meat is also rich in iron and zinc, both of which are at risk for being depleted while breast feeding, and has impressive levels of magnesium, copper, cobalt, phosphorus, chromium, nickel, and selenium.

Grass-fed, organic meat is best for a number of reasons, least of which being a decreased toxin load relative to conventional meat, the absence of anti-biotics that are used to produce conventional meat and which are harmful to gut flora, a higher omega 3 profile than conventional beef, and healthy amounts of Conjugated-Linoleic Acid, a rare but important anti-inflammatory fatty acid.

Consume roughly 1 pound (16 oz or 100 grams) of animal protein a day, focusing on organic, grass-fed red meats.

Here is my favorite grass-fed jerky, which is excellent for when pressed for time, moms!

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are rich in just about everything (this is an exaggeration, though not by much!). Most importantly, they are the best source of folate in the diet, which is crucial for the development of your infants brain and spinal cord. Folate doesn’t have endless storage space in your body – so do your best to eat at least three servings of greens every day.

Fatty fish – Cod Liver Oil – Fish Roe

The omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have been significantly linked to healthy brain development and higher IQs in infants (and for the rest of their lives, too!). The best way to get adequate EPA and DHA for your baby is to consume it yourself.

Eat fatty fish like salmon, herring, trout or sardines (preferably wild caught) at least twice a week. Fish roe – eggs – are also super awesome. I really like this brand. If you do not eat fish, or would like to boost your vitamin A, D, and K levels while simultanously getting clean EPA and DHA, consider this awesome cod liver oil supplement.

Fermented foods and probiotics

It’s incredibly remarkable, and I can hardly believe it myself – but breast milk actually transfers gut bacteria from the mother to the infant! 

I know, right!?!?!

Having a healthy gut while nursing is perhaps the most important gift you could ever give to your child. Healthy gut flora while an infant will set your baby up for a lifetime of more robust gut health, a stronger immune system, fewer food sensitivities, and better metabolic health.

Consume one serving of a fermented food like (here are my recommendations:) kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, or even coconut yogurt or fermented coconut kefir (yay!) every day, or consider taking an awesome probiotic supplement like this one.

Other superfoods!

Paleo diets are rich in organ meats and bone broth for a reason. Liver is quite possibly the most nutrient dense food around, containing more vitamin A and K than any other food. Get at least 4 oz of grass fed liver every week for optimal health. Be sure to eat it with a hefty dose of fat to optimzie nutrient absorption (at least one tablespoon). If you cannot stomach liver, consider a desiccated liver supplement.

Bone marrow and bone broths (make from boiling marrow bones for extended periods of time) provide other important nutrients to you and the baby, especially those that help strengthen skin and bones like glycine and collagen.

Two other “paleo superfoods” to always be sure to include in a healthy diet are egg yolks and grass-fed ghee or butter. Eggs are extraordinarily nutrient dense — they contain all the nutrients chickens use to build new chickens! These nutrients are also helpful for buidling new humans. They include sulfur and choline most remarkably, and you should aim for two egg yolks a day. Ghee or butter from grass-fed cows also contains great dosages of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2, which are critical for mental health, cardiovascular health, bone health, immune system health, and keeping inflammation levels low.

Sunshine!

Vitamin D is perhaps the most crucial nutrient in breast milk, and one that is the most at risk for depletion. The WHO estimates that 80 percent of pregnant and nursing mothers are deficient in vitamin D – which can harm the baby’s immune system, bone growth, brain development, and more.

Vitamin D is also crucial for your mental health. Your baby will take from your vitamin D stores when it’s not getting adequate vitamin D from sun exposure or breast milk. This can rob you of your mental health – and may in fact play a role in post-partum depression.

Get at minimum 20 minutes of noontime sun (without SPF) a day. You can also gently expose your newborn to the sun, which will faciliate vitamin D production.  A final alternative is to consider the cod liver oil supplement I keep recommending… because it’s just that good.

Water

Up your water intake! Milk production takes water – and you don’t want to run dry either on your baby or on yourself. 2 liters a day is a great place to start. Make sure there’s plenty of salt in your diet, which helps with hydration.

Calories!

Nursing mothers need about 500-700 calories more than when not nursing! This is very important! You need the simple energy your body extracts from calories in order to produce milk. So one of the most important things you can do for your baby is EAT.

Does this mean you should go wild and have doughnuts all the time? Well, maybe once in a while won’t hurt you. But breast-feeding places such a high nutrient demand on you that you may be best served by using these 500-700 calories to get extra nutrition in your diet to support yourself and your baby. The more you fill this calorie gap with nourishing, awesome, and still of course totally delicious foods (I’m just dreaming about sweet potatoes slathered in ghee and cinnamon), the better off both your infant and you will be.

What if I can’t breast feed?

You may want to consider joining a milk-sharing program… just be careful about what the mom you’re working with is eating. Another option is an excellent recipe for homemade formula by the Weston A Price Foundation.

 

And that wraps us up for today! What do you think? What was your experience with nursing and nutrition? How did YOU meet your increased calorie needs? Now THAT sounds like fun… 🙂

 

Also, as a real quick end note – I’m doing a webinar on Saturday answering any and all questions that come my way! You can tune in for free @ https://paleoforwomen.com/go/primal-90-health-mastery 🙂

9 Foods You Should Supplement with while Pregnant

9 Foods You Should Supplement with while Pregnant

There is no question that the most important thing you can do when you are pregnant is to eat well. If you are growing a new human being inside of you – chances are pretty good you want to make it out of the best materials.

In the last several decades the medical community has learned a lot about the different nutrients that are necessary for pregnant women. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a multi-million dollar prenatal vitamin industry. These vitamins may have been designed with good intentions… but they honestly just miss the mark. The vitamins included in prenatal supplements are not usually the correct ones you truly need; when correct, they’re often in the wrong chemical forms; and to top it all off the body has a hard time absorbing nutrients in pill form anyway.

When it comes down to it, pills cannot beat whole, natural foods in terms of their ability to give you the nutrients you need. Not at all – it’s not even close. The natural form of food is what your body was built to digest and use….  powerhouse vitamin-rich foods are the fastest, most efficient, safest and healthiest way to build a healthy baby.

So today – I bring to you my personal favorite “supplements” for pregnant moms. Of course – if you cannot access nutrient-dense food for some reason or another, if your budget or travel abilities are lacking, or if you simply would like to assure that you are all good and stocked up in the relevant vitamins, then supplements may be a good idea. I have some I recommend at the bottom of the page. But by and large, I like to think – yes, these wondrous foods are so nutrient-packed they are supplements all their own.

In no particular order, they are:

Bone marrow

Bone marrow is an unsung powerhouse of certain nutrients. Most importantly, it is high in glycine. Glycine is important for pregnant mothers because it helps construct skin and bones, and is also important in detox processes in the liver.

Bone marrow also has important microelements: calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and magnanese, all of which are excellent for healthy fetus development and for healthy immune systems in both the mother and the baby. Bone marrow also contains Vitamin A in its complete, natural form, another one of the critical nutrients for pregnancy.

You can get your hands on bone marrow simply by keeping the bones of cows and chickens after you make the meat and scooping out the marrow! (I just do this by nibbling on the ends of bones when I’m done eating… maybe TMI, but it’s effective!)

You can also specifically request marrow bones at a meat counter, which will give you the bones with the most marrow available in them, and can roast the bones all by themselves in the oven and scoop out the marrow!

Bone broths, skin

Now broth is a highly praised superfood… at least in the paleo community. If you choose not to dig the marrow out of your own bones or suck on the bones of a chicken carcass at the end of a meal, you can simmer bones for twelve hours in some water to pull the important minreals out of them.

Liver

Liver is an incredible food. It is particularly important for pregnant women because it is so rich in vitamin A — liver is unquestionably the richest source of vitamin A available. It is also rich in Vitamin K1 and K2, and rich in choline — liver is also the richest source of choline available.

Vitamin A is a crucial nutrient for pregnancy, and right off the bat! Vitamin A is necessary right when the heart begins to form in weeks 2 or 3, so if you’re looking to conceive, be sure you’re already getting adequate vitamin A!

Vitamin A signals to the fetus when all of the other organs need to be formed, too. Most especially these include the central nervous system, the circulatory, urogenital and respiratory systems, and the development of the skull, skeleton and limbs. If vitamin A is lacking at any time during the pregnancy, whichever organ or system is being developed at the time may falter. Vitamin A also makes a baby’s outer body symmetrical. A vitamin A deficiency in my mother’s womb is quite possibly why my nose is so crooked.

[Important note: Vitamin A is so important that its one of the few vitamins I recommend supplementing for even while you include vitamin A rich foods like liver in your diet. consider supplementing with fermented cod liver oil and even better with butter oil on a daily basis.]

Vitamin K is another unsung hero. It comes in two basic varieties – K1 and K2. A lot of people get a fair amount of K1. If you eat just one serving of kale a day, you get more than 1000 percent of your daily recommended dose! (which is great, no worries about exceeding it)

But K2 and K1 are quite different both in what they do and where you get them.

Liver — but grass-fed liver only — is one of the ONLY sources of vitamin K2 around. You can also find it in grassfed butter and ghee, as well as in, oddly enough, fermented soybeans. The primary function of K2 is to put calcium in the right places in your (and your baby’s) body. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but trust me. I almost once died because of a similar problem.

Some people will tell you you shouldn’t get too much K in pregnancy because it’s associated with jaundice. To which I can only say: I respectfully disagree.

These people are probably wrong because the studies on vitamin K and pregnancy have been flawed. In the studies the women supplement with vitamin K, but nothing else. The problem here is that vitamins A, D, and K work synergistically. If you have way too much of one relative to the others, it’ll cause problems. That’s why supplements can be great, but the most awesome route is the natural one. With whole foods like liver, you get all three vitamins together for one powerful punch.

Choline is also a huge part of the reason to eat liver. Choline helps brain cells develop properly. Adequate choline during pregnancy has long-lasting effects on a baby’s ability to learn and remember – and may even provide some resistance to mental illness. It’s potent brain-boosting effects will help you keep a clear brain while pregnant, too, since the baby draws on your choline supply. Choline is also a critical component of preventing neural tube defects in the baby… more in which in a moment.

We also know that supplementing with choline is not as effective as whole foods, and may in fact be detrimental. So liver (and egg yolks!) is definitely the way to go.

Eat at least 1/4 pound of beef liver once a week. Chicken, pork, or other liver (I’ve been eating rabbit lier recently!) is also great. It is definitely worth it to shell out for grass-fed if you can find it – it’s SO much more nutrient dense. Grass-fed liver contains vitamin K2 in it, whereas conventional liver does not.

If you can’t get your hands on high quality grass-fed liver, here is an excellent liver capsule.

Egg Yolks

Egg yolks are awesome. They contain all the building blocks chickens use to make new chickens… so they also have a lot of the important building blocks humans need to make more humans!

Eggs contain methionine, which contributes to the normal formation of the brain and spinal cord during pregnancy and prevents neural tube defects. They also contain abundant choline (they come in second next to liver), B vitamins, and some vitamin A.

I recommend at minimum two egg yolks every day.

Fish Eggs 

If fish is a powerhouse food, and eggs are a powerhouse food – then why not the combination of the two?

Absolutely the combination of the two!

Fish eggs – whether caviar (here’s my inexpensive fave!) or roe or whichever variety you choose – are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin D, B12, the omega 3 fats EPA and DHA, selenium, iron, magnesium, calcium.

Boom. They’re that good.

Unfortunatley it’s not easy to get your hands on roe in stores – though you can always find it in sushi restaurants. High end grocers sometimes carry roe, and fish markets will almost certainly have it. Amazon, as always, has fish eggs, as it has everything.

A teaspoon a day goes a super long way – though a serving once or twice a week is a great enough boost on its own.

Sunshine

Vitamin D is so important for pregnancy even the WHO recommends supplementing with it. A huge percentage, somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 percent, of pregnant women are deficient in vitamin D, especially in winter. Vitamin D deficiency has been found to be associated with an increased risk of pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes mellitus, preterm birth, growth retardation, skeletal defrormities, and other tissue-specific conditions. The immune-weakening effects of vitamin D deficiency in the womb can last a baby it’s lifetime.

The best way to get Vitamin D is to spend 20 minutes a day (at minimum!) to noon-time sun. If not possible, then a supplement (I prefer fermented cod liver oil, though D capsules are more affordable and are also effective) can work well.

If your sun exposure is limited, shoot for 4000 IUs of vitamin D a day – as a combination of cod liver oil and vitamin D tablets. Once breastfeeding, bump that up an additional 1000 or 2000 IUs, as vitamin D is crucial for the baby to get from your milk at this time.

Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are great for a lot of reasons, but the most important one for pregnancy is folate! Folate and other B vitamins (including choline and betaine) is critical for preventing neural tub defects right at the start of pregnancy. This is a big deal.

Neural tube defects are birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord. They happen in the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows that she is pregnant… so if you’re looking to conceieve, eat your greens early! With neural tube defcts, the fetal spinal column doesn’t close completely, which can paralyze the legs. Sometimes most of the brain and skull do not develop, which results in babies bing stillborn.

Now – “folate” is a very general name for a complicated family of nutrients found in both plant and animal foods. To give you an idea of many different folate forms in food, consider the following list: methylfolates, dihydrofolates, monoglutamyl folates, and polyglutamyl folates.

This means that taking folic acid (just one form of folate) is not a great way to meet your folic needs. Instead, a diversity of greens including spinach, broccoli, lettuce, asparagus, kale, and also avocadoes and tropical fruits like mangoes will get you where you need to be. At very minimum, I recommend one big serving of greens every day for pregnant mommas.

Sauerkraut

Saurkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir, even coconut yogurt nowadays… these fermented foods are all excellent probiotic foods. A probiotic food is one that contains good bacteria for your gut in it… and few things could be more important for supporting both your and your baby’s health. This doesn’t apply only to your baby’s time in the womb, but to your baby’s immune system and metabolic health for the rest of it’s life.

Seriously. The rest of it’s life.

Beet skins and shrimp?

Betaine (a choline derivative) is important because of its role in forming methionine, which helps with detox and protects the fetus. It also assists in promoting healthy neural development. Betaine is highly concentrated, oddly enough, in the skins of beets, in spinach, and in shrimp.

Cod Liver Oil

Cod liver oil is an excellent source of vitamin A, D, and omega 3 fats. Omega 3s (also found in fish eggs) are hugely important for fetuses, and most especially because it helps their brains development. The studies are robust in this regard – a good omega 3 intake is associated with higher IQs in offspring. No joke. Omega 3s are important.

You can get omega 3 fats from fatty fish like salmon and sardines by eating them a few times a week. But because fermented cod liver oil is rich in vitamin A and D, and if you purchase the variety with butter oil added, also vitamins K1 and K2, that is an excellent way to make sure you’re getting all these critical nutrients at once.

But c’mon.. are there real supplements?

Sure there are. 🙂

Pure Encapsulations has got a great pre-natal called Nutrient 950. This particular variety of nutrient 950 contains both vitamins K2 and D… which is super rare in a prenatal.

Simply One has an excellent prenatal that contains no synthetic fibers and is rich in vitamin A and D. If you do not take cod liver oil this is an excellent choice.

Emerald Labs has perhaps my favorite prenatal. It’s got the bioavailable forms of both B12 and folate in it, which is great for real nutrient absorption, as well as digestive enzymes and even probiotics!

And of course there are:

Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil (For EPA-DHA and Vitamin A and D)

Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil Plus Butter Oil (With Vitamins K1 and K2 added) which I recommend everybody take anyway, not just pregnant women… seriously, check this one out.

Diverse Probiotics

Dessicated Liver (for those without access to good liver or the faint of heart!)

Vitamin D

 Methyl Folate

Choline (& Inositol)

 

So there you have it. You can probably get all you need from food – it’s amazing what eggs, roe, liver, bones, and cod liver oil can do. Of course it also doesn’t hurt to add a bit here and there where you think you may be lacking or where you really want to make sure you’re nourished — especially with probiotics and with vitamins A, D, and K!

“Supplement” with these amazing foods and you’ll provide an excellent set of tools to your fetus for healthy growth and development. You may even make yourself healthier and happier in the process!

 

What do you think? Do you have opinions? What are you doing or did you do for your own baby? Wish you’d done things differently? I’d love your input, for me and all of our other community members!!

 

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