Iodine and folate (or lack thereof) are big issues is you don't take supplements.
Iodine used to be in our milk supply but it is not any longer. It is vital for brain development and can increase IQ by approx 5 points if you have an adequate supply.
Food does not give adequate amounts of folate or iodine in most cases.
The children of this generation have IQ points something like 20 points higher than our grandparents mainly because of better nutrition.
Vitamin D is another issue - alot of people are lacking in this particularly in winter.
I would think the lack of vitamins and minerals would be more damaging than the manufacturing processing myself, but that is just me.
Either way goodluck with it all.
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16-07-2012 15:53 #11
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16-07-2012 16:10 #12
Pre pregnancy I had a wonderful diet and wasn't concerned that I was lacking in any vitamins however still took supplements as being a nurse and looking after kids with neural tube defects I really wanted to give our baby the best chance.
Since being pregnant I have had the most awful all day sickness and vomiting so I know I am not getting adequate dietary intake so I have to take my vitamins last thing at night so most days I keep them down. It's probably the only nutritional intake I keep down at the moment.
18-07-2012 10:45 #13Senior Member
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Some very interesting answers. I have been mapping out my diet and adding up how much of everything I have been getting. I think I may have a look at the shops today for an iodine and perhaps a folate supplement. Just in case
18-07-2012 11:04 #14
I took 3 months to get pregnant. I had vegemite everyday, and 1 1/2 executive stress tablets a day just for folate. If I have more than just a handful of cashews a day, (iron) i get constipated and feel sick. I am 8w2d now and am planning on maybe, if i need, to have more iron later in pregnancy. I havnt had any ms either
18-07-2012 11:20 #15
I only took the blackmores i-folic. It's just iodine and folate which are both incredibly important in the development of bub and their brain.
My biggest fear was having a baby with a neural tube defect and knowing that I potentially could have prevented it just by taking one little pill.
18-07-2012 11:55 #16
18-07-2012 11:59 #17
Just an addit from my previous post. I was planning on doing the green veg thing too, but since getting pregnant i have had terrible gas and bloating ! so opted to have vegemite and folate in blackmores executive stress tabs
18-07-2012 12:16 #18
I haven't read all of the other replies but I was once told by a naturopath that she would not assume that anyone that lives in a metropolitan area gets sufficient nutrition from their food to negate the need for a supplement. Her reason for saying this is that often the market gardens are so over-farmed, and for income earning reasons, the soil is not rested meaning that it is stripped of many of the nutrients. I would suggest talking to a nutritionist or naturopath to find out how to maximise what you get from your diet.
20-07-2012 10:30 #19Senior Member
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I have decided to start taking I-folic so thanks for the recommendations for that girls! As for everything else I'm more than confident I am getting enough nutrients
A lot of people out there dont agree with not taking supplements but what people need to remember is too little is just as bad as too much!
29-07-2012 07:08 #20
I am ttc #3 and took pregnancy multi vits and folic acid and iron tablets (due to pregnancy anaemia) with both my pregnancies. I have two very healthy and I consider brights little girls weighing 9 pound 5 and 10 pound 2. However I suffered hyperemisis with both my pregnancy ( severe morning sickness) and was even hospitalised with my second pregnancy at 12 weeks due to this. 2 friends are now pregnant now and they both are not using vits and said they didn't in previous pregnancies either. One says she started taking the vits when she first fell preg this time but she suffered from morning sickness so stopped taking them and the morning sickness stopped. Have you ever heard of this connection with morning sickness and vitamins? I am concerned as suffering from hyperemisis is one of the things that has worried me about ttc again as it really is awful- I couldn't even keep a sip of water down all day hence being put in hospital on a drip and anti sickness shots. Not wanting to scare anyone here just wondering if anyone would know? Xxx
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