By Dr. Alison Buehler, Contributing Writer
Becoming pregnant was the first time I really took my health seriously. I was carrying an alien life form inside me and I was very aware of the HUGE responsibility. I ate well, didn’t drink alcohol or eat sushi, took my prenatals, and my husband even took the cat litter out, even though he hated the cat. But there are some important practices out there I wish I had known about when I was pregnant.
4 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was Pregnant
1. Omega 3s
Several supplements, which I learned about after having babies, are missing from prenatal vitamins, such as Omega 3s which are brain food. Low levels of Omega 3 fats have been implicated in every disorder from ADHD to heart disease to depression. Studies have shown that sufficient levels of Omega 3s optimize brain growth in children, especially during the third trimester.
2. Vitamin D
Women who take high doses of vitamin D during pregnancy have a greatly reduced risk of complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection. In order to reach these benefits, it is recommended that pregnant women take 4,000 international units of vitamin D every day, which is 10 times the amount available in most prenatal vitamins.
Probiotics during pregnancy are recommended by everyone from Dr. Sears to Dr. Mercola to WebMD. The most recent understanding of how a healthy dose of good guys in the digestive tract impacts a myriad of health concerns is astounding. In a recent article from the Huffington Post, the author claims that the use of probiotics during pregnancy impacts digestive health, urinary health, allergies, reproductive health, immunity, and even obesity.
4. Helpful Herbs
Susan Weed recommends red raspberry leaves brewed as an infusion as the safest of all uterine and pregnancy tonic herbs. Red raspberry leaves contain fragrine, which helps tone muscles, and a rich concentration of vitamins A, B, C, and E, and provides easily assimilated iron and calcium. Red raspberry leaf in combination with red clover increases fertility in men and women. She also recommends nettle leaves, which contain almost every vitamin and mineral necessary for human health and growth.
I did the best I could with the information I had when I was pregnant with my three children. However, the more I look into healthy births and healthy children, the more I wish I known when I was pregnant. These are the pieces of information I will share with new mothers.
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