Supplements I Take While Pregnant

A healthy diet is the best way to get the vitamins and minerals you need. But during pregnancy I heavily rely on self-care rituals and supplements to keep me healthy and feeling my best.
Most mornings, I start my day with a glass of celery juice or a celery-based green juice, however, last week I had to transition to warm lemon water to start things off because the green juice was making me nauseous. 
Then I have my coffee and breakfast.
In my coffee I try to add collagen, a healthy fat (coconut based creamer), or some type of adaptogen. I usually gravitate towards pearl powder, reishi, or chaga. 
Pearl Powder was used as an anti-inflammatory, detoxifying agent, and relaxant in Chinese medicine. Partly due to the magnesium it contains. Magnesium can also help alleviate muscle tension, body aches, and regulate pregnancy insomnia. 

After my first meal of the day, I normally take most of my supplements. During pregnancy, you need more folic acid and iron than usual to prevent neural tube defects and to support the development of the placenta and fetus. 

Keeping your gut bacteria healthy is always important, specially when you’re pregnant. A healthy gut may reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and reducing the risk of developing certain conditions after delivery. They also help reduce blood sugar and insulin levels.  

I always take a turmeric supplement, pregnant and not pregnant. Turmeric has major benefits for the body and brain, and many of these benefits come from its main active ingredient curcumin. Curcumin is a natural anti-inflammatory compound and will help  you protect and repair your body’s own tissues. 

Since the pandemic started I incorporated into my supplements Vitamin D, Zinc, and Vitamin C. Vitamin D is involved in calcium absorption, immune function, muscle, and heart health. Zinc helps your immune system and metabolism function. And Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect your cells agains the effects of free radicals and aids with collagen synthesis and iron absorption. 

Magnesium has been shown to improve the growth and circulation of the fetus, and since I started having issues with my SI joint, I started taking it twice a day. In the morning and before bed. Magnesium relaxes muscles, promotes better sleep, and may help prevent preterm labor. 

As per my doctors orders, I also get a weekly b12 shot to keep my levels balanced, increase energy levels, and boost the immune system. This also aids with pregnancy hair loss. 

***Please note that this supplement list has been curated by my health practitioners exclusively for my baby and based on data from various detailed blood tests. Consult with your doctor prior to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

with love always, 

Gigi & baby V

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