If you haven’t already read Lucy’s Back to Basics, I strongly suggest you do, as this article picks-up from there and focuses on my top products specific to Fertility, Pregnancy & Breastfeeding.
I often get asked, “What supplements do I really need for a healthy pregnancy journey?”… And it really doesn’t need to be complicated, in fact there are…
Three Super Simple Basics
Products featured: Viridian Pregnancy Complex, Nordic Prenatal DHA, Gaia Organic Pure Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C Powder
Whether you are trying to fall pregnant, are in your second trimester or even breastfeeding a toddler, it helps to keep yourself in tip top shape. You are now the primary creator, nurturer and food source for a little human being. I still only suggest:
1. Mighty Minerals
Viridian Pregnancy Complex is my supplement of choice to provide support during the pre-conceptual period, pregnancy and during lactation. It’s clean and contains organic Folic Acid which is food source derived from certified Organic Lemon Peel, and is not synthetic like most other prenatal supplements on the market. It also has all the other vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy pregnancy. Many of my clients start with this supplement even before conceiving to ensure there is continuity in health throughout their journey.
Mineralife Daily Multiple is another great option as it has all the vitamins, but most importantly minerals your body needs. It can also be used be used throughout your fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding journey.
Nordic Prenatal DHA is the supplement of choice and is a pure and fresh source of the omega-3 that your growing baby needs for brain and nervous system development, and that supports a healthy pregnancy for you. It is DHA-dominant omega-3 fish oil, with natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) for added immune support.
Viridian Pregnancy Oil is a a great alternative nutritional oil that is 88% organic and is first cold pressed. It ensures sufficient DHA for the maintenance of normal brain function and vision. Suitable for vegans.
3. Vital Vitamin C
Gaia Organic Pure Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C Powder is a pure buffered soluble Vitamin C powder. This is a great option for everyday maintenance, and to keep your immune system supported throughout your journey.
Here are some more approved Vitamin C options.
Then specifically for Fertility…
Products featured: Viridian Female Fertility & Male Fertility
If you are feeling you need additional support pre your planned conception, then both Viridian Female & Male Fertility supplements would be a great option to replace your Multimineral from the 3 Basics. Their formulation is specifically designed to provide the essential and appropriate nutrients to support a woman or man of reproductive age. Ideally, take at least 90 days ahead of planned conception. Please be aware that this product makes no claims and a visit to your Gynaecologist to rule out any concerns is advised.
Pregnancy comes with aches and pains, up and down days…so here are the add-ons to make your pregnancy a little more comfy…
Products featured: Coyne Gingerol, Bach Flower Rescue Pastilles, Sfera Biotic Probiotic
If you haven’t experienced nausea, count your lucky stars! Unfortunately, morning sickness is a less welcomed and common side-effect of growing a little human, but there is an effective solution to ease the queasiness. Coyne Gingerol is a highly specialised ginger extract health supplement produced to the highest GMP standards for those wanting a safe, convenient and effective solution to managing nausea as a result of pregnancy, motion sickness, illness or digestive disorder.
Let’s face it becoming a mom, especially a first-time mom is pretty scary. Pregnancy is renowned for a flood of emotions… excitement about a new addition to the family, as well as anxiety about your ability to keep this little being alive, let alone raising the next Elon Musk! For the days when doubt shakes you up and you are feeling completely overwhelmed try Bach Flower Rescue Pastilles. They are sugar and alcohol free pastilles that work in exactly the same way as Rescue Remedy drops or spray. Dissolve in your mouth for feelings of calm and reassurance.
Pregnancy sugary cravings and a change-up of hormones can cause havoc with your gut, to ensure your gut is perfectly balanced a quality probiotic is essential. Sfera Biotic Probiotic is very different to any other Probiotic in the market. The Bacteria is lyophilised (freeze dried) and encapsulated in oil. When the Biotic is sprayed into the mouth, the oil does not have to be emulsified for the bacteria to be released and activated. It helps with a multitude of gut related issues and is excellent for baby too.
Products featured: Lipolife Hydroxy B12, Better You DLux 1000
No one said growing a human would be easy, the extra weight makes everything harder, slower and a tad more tiring. For an effective pick-me-up try our magic in a bottle Lipolife Hydroxy B12. It is the best quality, most absorbable European liposomal Vitamin B12 product on the market today. It will help you during your low energy stages and assist with mental clarity and focus. This is a common vitamin we all seem to lack in this day and age, and this particular product will be a great boost.
To help your baby’s development consider adding a good Vitamin D supplement. Better You DLux 1000 is a convenient daily oral vitamin D spray. Specially formulated to deliver Vitamin D directly into the bloodstream bypassing the digestive system. Inadequate Vitamin D can lead to abnormal bone growth, fractures, or rickets in newborns. Some studies link Vitamin D deficiency to a higher risk of pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, preterm birth, and low birth weight, but more research is needed to confirm these links. It’s a good idea to have your levels checked with your Gynaecologist.
Products featured: Good Health Organic Magnesium Ultra, Spatone Iron Apple
Oh the dreaded leg spasms and sleepless nights! Magnesium is your answer for sure. Try our Good Health Organic Magnesium Ultra, it is a high strength formula that is free of Magnesium-oxide. Magnesium Ultra is better utilised in the body because it contains more easily absorbable forms of magnesium, plus added vitamins. This makes it faster acting and more effective for relaxing muscle tension and tightness, soothing nervous tension and stress, and assisting in supporting sleep. This is ideal from the second trimester when the aches, pains and leg cramps start. It will ease the pain and assist with a good night’s rest.
Countless women suffer from iron deficiency during pregnancy and even more so after delivery. Poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles contribute to iron deficiency — the biggest nutritional disorder on the globe. The World Health Organisation says 80% of the population doesn’t have enough iron while 30% have iron deficiency anaemia. Spatone Iron Apple is iron-rich spa water in a delicious apple juice, plus Vitamin C. It does come in plain flavouring as well. Each sachet contains 5mg of elemental iron as Fe2+. Adult and Children: take one sachet daily. Pregnant Women: take two sachets daily. Never exceed recommended use and always check any supplementation with your Gynaecologist. Iron if taken in excess can be harmful. Iron is an essential mineral, vital for red blood cell formation, transporting oxygen. a healthy metabolism and immune system, cognitive function and fighting fatigue.
Please always check for deficiencies through correct testing and let your Gynaecologist know before starting any new supplements.
So now what…
You apply the 3 basics and enjoy a wonderful pre and post natal journey. Just a reminder that each person is unique and this is really just the 3 staples I suggest. The extra comforts (as I like to call them) will help you deal with all the health challenges along the way. These products were all confirmed by the various brands as safe in pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, there could be underlying conditions present or other medical issues that need to be addressed and a visit to a Functional Medical Professional or your Gynaecologist is always advised before you start on any supplementation.
You can also contact me via Ask Lucy so I can hear your concerns and assist you in finding the right supplement or Medical Professional. I am not a medical professional but offer a wealth of knowledge, understanding and empathy to all situations. I also have a vast network of professionals I deal with on a day to day basis to ensure that you receive only the best information.
VitaSoul offers a huge variety of pregnancy options for all budgets and preferences. Take a look at the link to browse through our extensive Pregnancy Range.
Yours in health & love,
Lucy Kues (VitaSoul Founder)