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    Default Elevit or Blackmores Conceive Well Gold?

    Hello ladies,

    I am wanting to start taking prenatal vitamins, but have heard and read from some people and that their doctors recommended Elevit while others recommended Blackmores Conceive Well Gold.

    What did you take or can you recommend I take?

    My girlfriend and my cousin took Elevit, but both said at different times that it made them nauseas so I was wondering whether this was a common thing?

    I'm not seeing my OB until September so was wanting to start taking some now, rather than wait and asking him in September.

    Thanks heaps

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    Quote Originally Posted by pretzel0 View Post
    Hello ladies,

    I am wanting to start taking prenatal vitamins, but have heard and read from some people and that their doctors recommended Elevit while others recommended Blackmores Conceive Well Gold.

    What did you take or can you recommend I take?

    My girlfriend and my cousin took Elevit, but both said at different times that it made them nauseas so I was wondering whether this was a common thing?

    I'm not seeing my OB until September so was wanting to start taking some now, rather than wait and asking him in September.

    Thanks heaps
    Hi Pretzel0,

    Congratulation on your gorgeous news! Thank you for your question.

    Supplementation can be a difficult thing to recommend without having proper information about you and your prior medical history.

    However there are a few rules of thumb:

    1) One tablet will not give you all the nutrients you need—the smaller they are of course the less they will contain;
    2) I believe most off the shelf products do not deliver the amounts of nutrients I would like my patients to be taking;
    3) A supplementation formula must be balance—Despite your best efforts to do your own research you may not be the best person to judge this and sometimes even your GP or obstetrician may not be either because they are trained to excel in a very different modality than nutritional medicine—mostly they are focused on general medicine or reproductive medicine and that’s what they do best. I do write this with all honour and respect for all professions. And with this in mind would you call a plumber to do an electrician’s job?


    I wrote the article below some time ago however I thought it may give you some more insights so I pasted it here. Let me know if you have any other questions.


    How to choose good quality supplementation and herbal medicines

    By Gabriela Rosa
    This is a choice that hopefully will be made for you by a competent and qualified naturopathic practitioner with experience in treating couples in your situation. Sometimes the temptation to self-prescribe is overwhelming, particularly when there is some much over the counter (OTC) nutrients/supplementation marketing especially for fertility and pregnancy product. The old saying “a little information is dangerous” rings true in this situation because supplement advertising often does not leave room for all the information you need to make the best choices for you and your family.

    Resist the temptations to self prescribe and seek professional advice and here’s why:

    1) The therapeutic effectiveness of most OTC supplements and herbs are often greatly “diluted” because they must be “safe” for anyone to pick up off the shelf and practically be able to overdose on it without any concerns. This is certainly the case for many OTC products I have reviewed over the years;

    2) Regulatory labels on nutritional products often dictate a particular warning (depending on the nutrient) must be put on for public safety, which means you would not be taking the correct amount for fertility optimisation or the health of your baby and without your practitioner’s advice you may not even know it. A very good example of this is Vitamin A which is essential for fertility, embryonic development, growth, proper immune function, and vision. In most countries it requires a warning to say that during pregnancy any doses above 2,500IU are dangerous and should not be taken. However, this is not the case as was published in a report titled “Safe vitamin A dosage during pregnancy and lactation” by The World Health Organisation in 1998 (with no further updates at the time of this publication). This report states not only is it safe, but recommended that pregnant women consume vitamin A during pregnancy however, dosages should not exceed 3,000 mcg (retinol equivalent) or 10,000IU of vitamin A daily (if using supplements). It is likely that without the help of a competent and qualified naturopathic practitioner you and your family would not benefit from the value of this information.

    3) You may not fully understand the interactions between herbs, nutrients and any other medications you may be taking;

    4) Every stage of your fertility has different requirements for certain nutrients, which may be required differently and in changing amounts;

    5) Once a pregnancy occurs each trimester also has changing nutrient requirements you may be unaware about;

    6) Without professional advice, you may not have all the information and/or understanding required to make the best supplementation choices for you (and your partner’s) specific fertility needs. This may therefore potentially compromise your chances of conception and even the health of your prospective child;

    7) Generally speaking the best quality and appropriate nutrient dosages in less tablets or capsules are found in products made for practitioner only dispensing. You cannot buy these at a supermarket;

    8) Higher nutrient dosages also mean more value for your money, because you don’t have to take as many tablets/capsules for the same effect;

    9) When using practitioner only prescription natural medicines, your supplementation regime can be carefully individualised for your specific needs, which also enables greater treatment flexibility.


    I hope this helps!

    With Fertile Blessings,

    Gabriela Rosa | Author, Natural Fertility Specialist, Researcher, Speaker
    BHSc, ND, Post Grad NFM, DBM, Dip Nut, MATMS, MNHAA
    EFT | Natural Fertility | Women’s & Men's Health


    Author of “Eat Your Way To Parenthood: The Diet Secrets of Highly Fertile Couples Revealed”, “The Awful Trugh About Cleaning Products and Fertility Revealed” and “Protecting your Fertility: The Danges of Conventional Pest Control and Natural Safe, Alternatives Revealed”.


    ‘Committed to helping couples create healthy babies and empowering individuals through better health.’



 

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