Step #2 in “Making Healthy Babies: Your 10 – Step Action Plan” by Jennifer Barham-Floreani, MD in Pathways Magazine is Replenish Your Body.
“Certain lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, stress and the use of medication (inluding antibiotics and the contraceptive pill), can deplete critical nutrients and minerals necessary for reproductive success. Research indicates that the contraceptive pill alters the uptake and utilisation of the vitamin B groups, as well as vitamins A, C, E, K, folic acid, biotin, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and copper. Studies also revealed that vitamin E deficiency in animals can lead to infertility, that zinc supplementation can improve intrauterine growth, and that women who reported using iron supplements were 40% less likely to have ovulation-related infertility than non-users.”
Before attempting to conveive, it is wise to begin taking high quality supplements to replenish natural nutrient reserves. Two products available at Lake Pointe to help in this process are Wellness Essentials for Pregnancy by Metagenics and Prenatal Complete with DHA by Ortho Molecular Products. Both of these products provide Vitamins A, C, E, K in addition to folic acid, biotin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper and more. Highlighting folate, iron, and DHA these high quality supplements are ideal to start at preconception and during pregnancy when it is essential to optimize health and nutrition, both for mother and baby. It is known that overall nutrition needs rise during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Folate – is needed very early in pregnancy and it is recommended that women take folate when planning to become pregnant, since folate needs are high around the time of conception. Adequate folate nutrition before and during pregnancy supports healthy development of the fetal brain and spinal column, and ensures an overall healthy pregnancy outcome. (Ortho Molecular Products)
DHA – Intake of omega-3 fatty acids is critically important during pregnancy for the development of the fetal brain and retina. During mid-to-late gestation, DHA plays an important role in the development of cognitive and motor functions. An ample supply of DHA is beneficial to baby’s brain and eye development, however, most women don’t get enough DHA in their diets. Thus it is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women consume additional DHA daily, particularly during the last months of pregnancy and the first few years of life, when a baby’s brain develops rapidly. (Ortho Molecular Products)
Iron – Since iron is critical for energy and oxygen delivery to a developing baby, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine iron supplementation during pregnancy, though many forms of iron cause constipation and gastrointestinal discomfort. Research shows that about 20% of pregnant women have low hemoglobin and iron levels. Ferrochel® iron has been shown to help increase and maintain levels of iron, while being gentle on the stomach and colon. This form relieves the stomach from having to bind minerals to amino acids, allowing iron molecules to pass easily through the intestinal wall at a rate of 3.8 times greater than iron salt forms. (Ortho Molecular Products)
Take this action step in your fertility journey and replenish your natural reserves wtih high quality supplements!