Pregnancy with deficiencies

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
10650 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

weddingwitch :  B12 comes from animal sources (and is produced by bacteria) so nuts and fruits aren’t good sources.

Nutritional yeast isn’t naturally a source of B12 either, but is commonly fortified.  I don’t really see a big difference between that and an oral supplement, but it does taste good on popcorn and I find there’s no need for salt with it.

Post # 47
46 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

AB Bride :  yes you are right! Sorry I misspoke OP! It was late at night here! I was trying to address your low iron that you mentioned with these foods!

If you want a natural non-meat source of B12 then eat more mushrooms, although I don’t think they have a huge amount?

I guess the difference with nutritional yeast is that youlyo always be eating it with something else so the B12 isn’t as much of a shock to the system which could have been what caused the anxiety?? I really don’t know though!

Post # 50
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

I’m vegan and supplement B12 as a precaution, and iron because I became deficient when I started regularly donating blood. Is there a reason why you’re opposed to supplements? I’ve never heard of them causing anxiety, but they could upset your stomach in which case you can try another brand or make sure you take them with food. If you think you’re not getting enough iron from food sources because you’re not eating enough then that’s an entirely different problem. If you want to prepare your body for a baby you need to make sure you’re eating enough calories. 

Post # 51
2037 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

allyb23 :  I was prescribed an iron pill to supplement, but was terrible for taking it. My dad is the same way, though he eats meat. Some people are predisposed to iron deficiencies. I took Ferramax for awhile and had success with that.

If you aren’t eating meat, nuts, or dried fruit and not a lot of eggs, what are you eating to address the iron levels?

Something to note as well, a lot of women experience postpartum anxiety. I did and know several other women who have. Just something to keep in the back of your mind if you become pregnant and already experience anxiety issues.

Post # 52
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

allyb23 :  Hi! I’m rarely on Weddingbee anymore but I saw your post and just had to comment…I discovered I was very deficient in all B vitamins and iron when I was about four months pregnant with my second baby. I was also experiencing anxiety/exhaustion/insomnia, which is the reason my levels were checked. Anyway, this was a surprise to me because I was eating a very healthy diet (lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts, as well as eggs, meat, and lots of salmon) and taking a pre-natal vitamin with iron. My medical provider recommended I get tested for a MTHFR gene mutation. These mutations are pretty common and can result in Inborn Errors of Metabolim- your body cannot use B vitamins in their synthetic forms, which is what is found in most supplements. Hence why my prenatal vitamin was not helping me at all. Some people think that high doses of the vitamins your body cannot use can cause anxiety and other symptoms. If you have one of these mutations, your B vitamins MUST be in their methylated forms. So you need to be taking methlycobalamin instead of cyanobobalamin. I now take a special vitamin called Enlyte-D. It has high doses of methylated vitamins and within a couple of months my levels were all back to normal and I felt so much better. While this is a “supplement” it is classified as a “medical food.” Anyway, my baby is now 11 months old and I am continuing to take the vitamin (especially since I’m breastfeeding and hungry!). I found out I had the MTHFR mutation via a blood test. I would recommend you rule that out before becoming pregnant, and for your own health. Best of luck!

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