Babies are parasites.
You heard what I just said. Babies are parasites. I mean, super adorable parasites that you created out of love…. but parasites.
God created babies to take what they need from you — that is how our race goes on. They sometimes grow at their mom’s expense. I once had a good friend who had great teeth right up to baby #5. Then, suddenly she was spending hours at the dentist. That baby had sucked it out of her.
The good news is there is a perfect way to stop that. That thing is vitamins.
The problem is prenatal vitamins are huge, they smell and can often leave an upset tummy behind.
Add to that your pregnancy enhanced gag reflex and it’s a recipe for disaster.
The good news is that many of the vitamins that are necessary are available in other forms.
Of course, you should be eating a varied diet full of all of these things.
I did, however, mention the baby is a parasite. I really think taking vitamins is good insurance (and apparently, also dental insurance) to keeping your own health during and after the pregnancy.
Folate (or folic acid) is recommended by the March of Dimes and OB’s everywhere because it helps prevent neural tube defects. If your prenatal vitamin is more than you can handle — there are usually small tablets of just folic acid you can take. Those are a lot easier to get down (and keep down) if that’s a concern.
Of course, that leaves Calcium out in the dark. None of us wants to be the old woman with fragile bones. We’ve all heard about osteoporosis and how it can affect us later in life.
You don’t actually need extra calcium when you’re pregnant, but you want to be sure that you’re getting enough calcium during your pregnancy. Your baby is using that calcium to make healthy bones, heart and teeth. Even if you ARE taking a full prenatal vitamin, it is unlikely to have the full 1,000 mg that doctors recommend. Also, 94% of doctors don’t believe that pregnant women are getting the calcium they need! No good if you’re planning to use your bones and teeth another 50-70 years! 🙂
The good news is that Viactiv Chews can fill that spot. One Viactiv Chew (500mg) taken twice daily will fulfill all of your calcium requirements. Normally, calcium supplements are just as large as a prenatal vitamin, but Viactiv can get you what you need and even fulfill your sweet tooth.. It even includes Vitamin D (also super important, and it aids in the absorption of Calcium) and K. They’re even individually wrapped so you can toss them in your bag for the days you forget (placenta brain is real!).
And don’t forget that weight-bearing exercise helps your calcium stores as well! I am a big fan of staying active during your pregnancy!
No matter how you get them in, be sure that you’re eating a balanced diet and getting the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals during your pregnancy, including folic acid, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron and Iodine.
Please talk with your doctor regarding any concerns before taking any supplements. This post is not intended to address or diagnose any medical conditions. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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