I recently had a question from a reader:
"I am curious to know if you are taking any sort of prenatal supplementation aside from your diet?"
I often get queries like this one, not only because I am a long-time vegan with a penchant for raw foods, but because we are travelling and I am not undergoing the meticulous antenatal care that I had during my first pregnancy.
In my first pregnancy I took supplements here and there. For the most part I couldn't handle the smell of my whole foods prenatal vitamin. I would get lazy about all the other extras, except my probiotic, which I took religiously. When I go off of taking a supplement I have always put it down to my body telling me it's not the right time for that particular thing.
This pregnancy is special in that my diet is even cleaner vegan compared to my first. Plus, I had the big bonus of spending 3 weeks during my first trimester at Hippocrates Health Institute, eating an abundant supply of the healthiest food on the planet. Hippocrates recommended several supplements for me. However, I know my inability to stick to a rigorous regime of pill-popping. But I do take the essentials.
I also think it is worth mentioning that all supplements should come from a whole foods source - not synthetically created in a lab, like Centrum or other popular cheap brands. You can read more about this in Dr. Brian Clement's riveting book Supplements Exposed.
Here are my supplements:
- LiveGive HHI- Zyme Digestive Aids - (digestive enzymes)
- LiveGive Power Powder (blue-green algae)
- Ortho Bone Vegan (calcium)
- Rainbow Complete Prenatal Vitamin
- Omega-Zen (marine algae based omega-3)
- Chia or Mila (for omegas etc)
- Sun Warrior Protein Powder (when I have it available to me - to help keep my blood sugar regular)
I know it looks like a long list, but I don't take them all everyday. Maybe I should, but the reality is that I don't have an easy time swallowing capsules or tablets (read below for my tip on how to make it child's play).
I make a blended something or other every day, in which I will break open my enzymes, power powder and calcium, plus I'll add my daily portion of chia seeds to it, too. Basically, I will open up and pour the contents of my capsules on or in food whenever/wherever possible.
Also, before leaving the UK I consulted a homeopath, during the consultation she gave me a tissue salt programme for pregnancy using the New Era biochemic salts. The tissue salt programme is followed to help both mother and baby maintain optimum nutrition and balance the mineral content of the body. So I have those to factor in as well. (Anyone interested in the programme just pop me an email at jamie at raw-yoga-teacher dot com and I'll send you the details.)
I hope this sufficiently answers the supplement question for enquiring minds. What have your experiences been supplementing while pregnant?
Raw Yoga Teacher Tip:
Okay, for capsules place them in your mouth, take a swig of water and then take your chin towards your chest. Now swallow. Capsules hold air and will naturally float to the back of your throat, making them easier to down. I can usually take more in one go using this method.
For tablets do the opposite. Place them in your mouth, take a sip of water and your chin upwards. There is not the same amount, if any air, in a tablet. Their dense nature allows them to gravitate towards your throat, making them easier to pass.
Receiving this tip from a friend at Hippocrates was a revelation. Let me know how you get on with it!