(Closed) Supplements while pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs.Jansen:  I checked my iron levels because I thought I needed one. In the end I am boarderline so I am trying to eat more iron and will re-test.

As for calcium I am logging how much I get on myfitnesspal and thats working out well. My prenatal has calcium as well so I am bit reticent to take more in pill form. I think for calcium your body can only absord so much at once, so doctors advise eating calcium throughout the day, rather than taking one hit in a pill. 

Good Luck!


Post # 4
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I didn’t but I don’t think a calcium supplement would hurt but I would ask your doctor before starting. I know the prenatals I take only have 250mg of calcium which is only 19% of DV. I usually drink milk though and eat a lot of cheese so I think I get enough without a supplement.

Post # 6
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Mrs.Jansen:  oh also meant to say there is additional protien in cheese, yogurt etc and I find that that is helping me make sure I get the recommended amount of protien per day as well, which I have been struggling to do. So buy getting it through food you can get additional benefits from other nutrients. 

If you’re anemic you absolutely should take an additional iron supplement. 

Good luck 🙂 

Post # 7
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I took a DHA supplement as well. (Nordic Naturals Prenatal DHA)


And take Vitamin D! Multivitamins, including prenatal vitamins, don’t have nearly enough. You should be taking at least 4000-5000 IU a day.

Per an article from WebMD, women who took 4000 IU of Vitamin D were:

  • Half as likely to develop gestational diabetes. 
  • Half as likely to develop pregnancy-related high blood pressure / pre-eclampsia.
  • Less likely to give birth prematurely.
  • Less likely for both mother and baby to have insufficient Vitamin D levels.

There has also been some speculation linking Vitamin D deficiency and autism. Though the cause of autism is still unknown, I find this an interesting theory. A few articles on the subject:

Post # 8
909 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Be careful with extra supplementation. Discuss everything with your dr. Prenatal vitamins already have extra compared to regular vitamins. Also if you take too much calcium you will be at risk for kidney stones, especially if you don’t drink enough water. Iron supplementation outside of the prenatals is common though.

Post # 9
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

In addition to my prenatal, I take 2000 IU of Vitamin D and I also take fish oil. I was on both pre-pregnancy and decided to stick with the fish oil (purified, of course) rather than using a DHA supplement.

I don’t take iron because it can interfere with medication I am on (even my prenatal doesn’t contain iron) but bloodwork at 13w shows I’m not anemic. Calcium probably wouldn’t hurt – I don’t bother because I eat a fair amount of low fat dairy.

Post # 10
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I take fish oils as an extra supplement.

Post # 11
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was told to take folic acid in addition to my prenatals.

Post # 13
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would definitely check with your doctor and only take what they tell you to.  They’re the experts, after all.  Smile

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