Post # 1
I hope you are all doing well. I was just curious to see if any of you take any supplements aside from your prenatal viatamins on a daily basis?
I was told by my doctor to start taking Iron but I feel like taking a calcium supplement as well because I dont get nearly enough.
Post # 3
@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.
Post # 4
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 # 5
Thank you ladies, you are right. I should probably just eat more cheeses and dairy products. I will see what my doctor recommends but they definately want me to take an iron supplement.
Post # 6
@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
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
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
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
I take fish oils as an extra supplement.
Post # 11
I was told to take folic acid in addition to my prenatals.
Post # 12
@Sea_bass: Thank you, I am stocking up on my calcium rich foods 🙂
Post # 13
I would definitely check with your doctor and only take what they tell you to. They’re the experts, after all.