|A Healthy Mom = A Healthy Baby
Nutritional and supplement choices during pre-conception and pregnancy create the foundation for your child’s health. Choosing nourishing, organic foods and avoiding packaged/processed foods, sugars, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates is the first step to a healthy pregnancy. Major neurologic development happens before most women even know they are pregnant. Making sure your body is optimally nourished before pregnancy benefits both the mom and baby.
Besides a quality prenatal vitamin, you may additionally need Vitamin D3, Dynamic Greens, probiotics, additional omega 3s, and/or other supplements specific for you. Your doctor at Lake Pointe can guide you on the best food choices and create an individualized supplement plan. Read more here on how to support your body through diet during pregnancy.
|Why Wellness Essentials™ for Pregnancy?
Dr. Joel Evans, author of The Whole Pregnancy Handbook, states that besides a healthy and balanced diet, a woman should begin taking Wellness Essentials™ for Pregnancy the moment she starts planning to have a child through breast feeding. Research shows that fetal brain and spinal cord development begins in the earliest stages of pregnancy—a time when a woman may not even realize she is pregnant–indicating the need to establish healthy levels of supportive nutrients early on.
We recommend because it is carefully formulated to support key organ systems in both mother and child. The featured nutrients include:
Omega-3 fatty acids —Omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy provide the following positive effects for neonatal development:
- promote brain and eye development
- encourage fetal weight gain
- reduce preterm labor, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes
- increase the nutritional value of breast milk
- impact the immune system to decrease allergies and asthma, stabilize mood and prevent depression
Folic acid – also known as folate, is a nutrient in the B-complex vitamin group. It supports healthy hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, cardiovascular health, and neurological development.
Folate supplementation has been shown to reduce the rate of fetal abnormalities, particularly defects to the brain and spinal cord by 50 – 70%. Folate also offers important health benefits to adults including lowering the risk of heart disease, depression, and abnormal Pap smears.
Choline — Specific to Wellness Essentials™ for Pregnancy, choline supports healthy digestion (particularly of fats), neurological health, and fetal brain development. Choline is also associated with reduced neural tube defect (NTD) risks. Maternal reserves of choline are depleted during pregnancy and lactation, so additional supplementation is necessary.
Calcium and magnesium — You and your baby both need calcium for strong teeth and bones. But calcium does more than build healthy bones—it helps the body maintain regular circulation, muscle action, and nerve function.
Calcium and magnesium also supply nutrients to help relieve muscle tension, promote a sense of calm, and support a smooth pregnancy.
Comprehensive Multivitamin — Provides an essential blend of antioxidants (vitamins and minerals) to support a healthy pregnancy.
|How important is detoxification?
We live in a world where we are exposed to chemicals and toxins on a daily basis. Some of the sources of chemical and toxins you may not realize you are exposed include:
- Pesticides and Weed Killers in non-organic foods or used on lawns
- BPA plastics
- Body Care Products, Sunscreens, Bug Sprays
- Birth Control Pills
- Hormones/Antibiotics in non-organic meat and dairy
- Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs)
Toxins can increase the risk to your health and that of your baby. Without proper detoxification, whatever a woman has been exposed to in her lifetime is unfortunately what her baby will be exposed to. One study showed that of the 287 chemicals detected in umbilical cord blood, 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.
Ask your doctor at Lake Pointe about a detoxification program that is safe, gentle and effective for you and your baby during pregnancy. Detoxification programs are also a great way to enhance your health pre-conception and/or between pregnancies.