Initially when I first found out I was pregnant I did not take any prenatal vitamins. My fiance and I talked about it and he said he thought that I was getting all of the vitamins I needed from my healthy raw vegan diet. To be sure of that, I started plugging my food intake into Cronometer to see how my vitamins were stacking up. It turned out that I was getting more than enough of most nutrients, but was lacking in folate, iron and a couple other things. I read about how being deficient in these vitamins can lead to birth defects and I didn't want to take any chances, so my fiance and I searched for the best prenatal vitamins possible. He was already a big fan of New Chapter, so we checked them out and I was happy to find that they offered a bottle that was enough for a whole trimester so you only need to buy 3 bottles for the whole duration of the pregnancy. What I really loved about this company's prenatal multivitamins is that they are organic, non-gmo, made with whole foods, and fermented for optimal absorption. I went to my local health food store and bought them right away and started taking them every day.
A serving size is 3 pills and initially I took all 3 at once with my meal. What I didn't realize though is that it's better to split up the dosage and take them separately throughout the day. If you think about it, your body will only absorb so much of certain vitamins at once, so if you take more than it can absorb and use all at once, the rest will just get urinated out. When I found that out, I started taking one in the morning, one in the early afternoon, and one in the evening. I take them both on an empty stomach and with food. You can take them either way, it doesn't matter since they are made with fermented whole foods.
I have heard that a lot of women (including a good friend of mine) get nauseous from their prenatals. I have never experienced this with these vitamins and the company does advertise that they are very gentle on your tummy. Since my first bottle purchase I noticed that they have improved their formula and added ginger and turmeric to help expectant mommy's with morning sickness. Wow, that's amazing! I really wish that I would have had that formula for my first trimester as I was nauseous all day every day. I would love to hear if anyone gets relief from morning sickness with this new updated formula!
My first blood test revealed that I was deficient in Vitamin D & K, but doing great in everything else. I took this blood test shortly after I started taking these multivitamins so I am anxious to see how my blood tests results will be in 3-4 weeks in comparison after taking these vitamins regularly for the past few months. I'll post an update on this blog to let you know what my levels are in comparison. My midwife said that while it's okay for me to be low in these nutrients for myself, it is necessary for me to have good levels for the baby. In addition, the baby basically robs a mothers body of nutrients so you want to make sure you have plenty so that you don't end up severely deficient. She also told me that she has noticed that mothers with good Vitamin D levels tend to have easier births and less pain and Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and prevents serious bleeding. So I definitely want to make sure my levels are up to par for my next blood test!
Stay tuned for an update on that ...