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    can anyone recommend a great one?

  • #2
    My wife has a skript for this one http://www.duetdha.com/

    It is gluten free. I'm sure someone on here will look it up and rip it apart but my wife likes it and the doctor recommended it.
    "Live Free or Die"

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    • #3
      Thanks - I'm looking for an OTC supplement to take while TTC

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      • #4
        I see. Well I don't remember the OTC supplement my wife took unfortunatly. I do remember though that she was told by her doctor to get 450 mg a day of folic acid before we even started trying. I guess the earlier you up your folic acid the better. I'm sure you can find more info on it online.
        Last edited by Bostonbully; 10-05-2010, 04:21 PM.
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        • #5
          For TTC I would take a regular multi-vitamin and then supplement folic acid 800 mg. You don't need a prenatal as the folic acid is the important part.
          Meghan

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NutMeg View Post
            For TTC I would take a regular multi-vitamin and then supplement folic acid 800 mg. You don't need a prenatal as the folic acid is the important part.
            And then if you have ANY morning sickness, some providers recommend taking the folic acid only and skipping the multi/prenatal entirely until the second trimester. Vitamins tend to cause or exacerbate nausea for some women. And the embryo needs very, very little in that first trimester.

            In fact, there's surprisingly little evidence that prenatals other than folic acid achieve anything at all...routine iron supplementation is seen as not ideal, and the outcomes with or without prenatals (other than folic acid) are equivalent.

            I'm intrigued to see whether Vit D gets added back as valuable (in doses far higher than a prenatal typically has). Some researchers are suggesting that vit D + fish oil throughout pregnancy dramatically reduces the risk of pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia). Oooooh, and my favorite research of all time said that 1oz dark chocolate a day also reduce that hypertension risk
            Liz.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NutMeg View Post
              For TTC I would take a regular multi-vitamin and then supplement folic acid 800 mg. You don't need a prenatal as the folic acid is the important part.

              I didn't realize it was that high. I could have sworn the doc told the wife 450 but your a woman so you probably know more then I do lol.

              Also surprisingly from our experience alot of prenatal vitamins don't have potassium in them. My wife started to get leg cramps and the doc recommended a potassium supplement (I forget how many mg) and gave my wife a list of potassium rich foods. It did the trick and her leg cramps went away.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by lizch View Post
                And then if you have ANY morning sickness, some providers recommend taking the folic acid only and skipping the multi/prenatal entirely until the second trimester. Vitamins tend to cause or exacerbate nausea for some women. And the embryo needs very, very little in that first trimester.

                In fact, there's surprisingly little evidence that prenatals other than folic acid achieve anything at all...routine iron supplementation is seen as not ideal, and the outcomes with or without prenatals (other than folic acid) are equivalent.

                I'm intrigued to see whether Vit D gets added back as valuable (in doses far higher than a prenatal typically has). Some researchers are suggesting that vit D + fish oil throughout pregnancy dramatically reduces the risk of pregnancy induced hypertension (pre-eclampsia). Oooooh, and my favorite research of all time said that 1oz dark chocolate a day also reduce that hypertension risk
                Absolutely to everything you just said I could never take those darn prenatals. It was so bad with my first that the doc gave me 3-4 different types and they all made me sick. After a while he told me to take two Flintstone's vitamins and on extra folic acid and call it a day...lol

                I also read research that said that mothers who ate chocolate during their pregnancy had happier babies! Two wins for chocolate.

                Getting adequate protein is also key in preventing pre-e.
                Meghan

                My MDA journal

                Primal Ponderings- my blog- finally added some food pron :P

                And best of all my Body Fat Makeover!!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Bostonbully View Post
                  I didn't realize it was that high. I could have sworn the doc told the wife 450 but your a woman so you probably know more then I do lol.

                  Also surprisingly from our experience alot of prenatal vitamins don't have potassium in them. My wife started to get leg cramps and the doc recommended a potassium supplement (I forget how many mg) and gave my wife a list of potassium rich foods. It did the trick and her leg cramps went away.

                  They used to recommend 400, now they have upped it to 600-800.
                  Meghan

                  My MDA journal

                  Primal Ponderings- my blog- finally added some food pron :P

                  And best of all my Body Fat Makeover!!

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                  • #10
                    liver and other organ meats, from fish too is fine
                    shellfish
                    fish eggs
                    bird eggs
                    grass fed raw dairy

                    as per weston price's book, http://journeytoforever.org/farm_lib.../pricetoc.html , where he notes primitives giving special emphasis on these sorts of food for those attempting to conceive, those pregnant, and the young and growing, etc.

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                    • #11
                      You should take folic acid 3+ months before conceiving. (If you can. Obviously if it's an 'oopsie' baby, then that's unlikely.) Any prenatal will do, even off-the-shelf-non-scrip-sort but even better is just making sure to eat "real food" and getting plenty of vitamin D & fish oil caps. The first trimester is brain development and heart development, so the fish oil is very important here. If you're curious pick up a copy of "Real Food For Mother And Baby". It's awesome at breaking down which vitamins are needed at what stage of the pregnancy.

                      (http://www.amazon.com/Real-Food-Moth...6327158&sr=8-1)

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                      • #12
                        congrats on pregnancy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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                        • #13
                          In my fairly significant experience with diet, nutrition, pregnancy, prenatal vitamins I've notice a few things:

                          • most women do need a multi
                          • prescription prenatals are typically filled with the lowest quality, most poorly absorbed minerals due to cost constraints
                          • those getting sufficient nutrient density prior to pregnancy tend to not have as much nausea as others
                          • best prenatal I've found so far is Nutri-Supreme Research Prenatal
                          • optimal 25(OH) level - around 65 ng/mL per labcorp or zrt - is perhaps the most important thing you can do to insure a healthy pregnancy and baby (and eventually child).

                          I second the recommendations for
                          • liver every other week (and ideally other organ meats as well)
                          • two eggs daily (choline)
                          • fish and shell fish (the seychelles child development study pretty clearly showed that 'more fish' is better than 'less fish' as long as we eat fish that's higher in selenium than mercury.....this means tuna is fine. Whale is not. Nor is king mackeral or tile fish or a few others. Most fish is fine and beneficial)
                          • sufficient protein - at least 1 g per lb lean body mass
                          •sufficient overall zinc, choline, selenium, magnesium, A, D, K etc. Calcium at much less than the RDA is usually sufficient if one is getting plenty of the aforementioned.

                          Best,
                          Katherine



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