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    It depends on your diet and your health history. It's easy to say, we have access to good quality fresh food here so you don't need it. And to an extent that is true - if the person eats healthily and has done so for a very long time. However if you have for example, gut damage then your ability to absorb nutrients from fresh food is going to be lessened. The multivit thing, well, if you are of average health and energy then the added minerals and vitamins will really be supporting your health, moreso than baby. Baby takes everything from us (don't we know it). Like that old saying, a tooth for a child. Classic case of calcium deficiencies maybe?

    There are certain things that are deficient in most Australian diets. Iodine for one, which is crucial for brain development throughout breastfeeding as well. If you eat fish 2-3 times per week you'll have it covered but it's not present in much else as our soils are, overall, lacking. And not many aussies eat fish 2-3 times every week.

    If you feel well and have no health problems then you probably don't need vitamin or mineral supplementation. You can also target areas with certain foods rather than a pill (kelp or fish for iodine for example). Food is always best really. I have taken multivits & fish oil religiously in this pregnancy as I've suffered a miscarriage, and have long term identified deficiencies. It's very personal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babybeeno1 View Post
    Fruit, veggies, nuts, cereals, rice, eggs and beef liver (vomit) are all good sources

    Just think all of our mothers in the 70's etc never had anything to take
    Well that explains a lot (about the 70s) hehe although I'm an early 80s baby but I doubt my mum would have taken anything then either!

    Thankfully I eat all that stuff you listed regulatory (aside from beef liver - blech!!!!).
    So I guess baby won't have too many neural tube defects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Miss Sunshine View Post
    Don't feel bad. I was so much more slack during my second pregnancy, hardly ever took my multivitamins as I was just too busy or forgot, and as she was a surprise certainly no pre pregnancy prep here!

    No difference as far as I can see to size, milestones etcetera lol

    Eta: as far I was aware folate was only really important during 1st trimester
    I've just read this too! I guess if it had any negative effect, it would have shown up in the morphology scan..

    And it's funny how much more vigilant we are with our first babies, everything has to be fully cooked, washed and on the pregnancy-approved check list before it enters our bodies.. It's gotten progressively less strict with each pregnancy lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by BornToBe View Post
    It depends on your diet and your health history. It's easy to say, we have access to good quality fresh food here so you don't need it. And to an extent that is true - if the person eats healthily and has done so for a very long time. However if you have for example, gut damage then your ability to absorb nutrients from fresh food is going to be lessened. The multivit thing, well, if you are of average health and energy then the added minerals and vitamins will really be supporting your health, moreso than baby. Baby takes everything from us (don't we know it). Like that old saying, a tooth for a child. Classic case of calcium deficiencies maybe?

    There are certain things that are deficient in most Australian diets. Iodine for one, which is crucial for brain development throughout breastfeeding as well. If you eat fish 2-3 times per week you'll have it covered but it's not present in much else as our soils are, overall, lacking. And not many aussies eat fish 2-3 times every week.

    If you feel well and have no health problems then you probably don't need vitamin or mineral supplementation. You can also target areas with certain foods rather than a pill (kelp or fish for iodine for example). Food is always best really. I have taken multivits & fish oil religiously in this pregnancy as I've suffered a miscarriage, and have long term identified deficiencies. It's very personal.
    Thanks for the info! I think generally I am very healthy with my diet but this pregnancy I haven't been at all. Having said that, I do eat fish twice a week, and we use iodised salt in cooking as well. But some days I might only eat one meal and the rest of what I eat is snacks, and by "snacks" I mean chocolate, ice cream, a muffin etc. I didn't realise you still need to take vitamins during breast feeding! Ok, I think I might go out and buy some I-folate supplements. I really can't do the full multivitamin anymore; like smallpotatoes, it makes me feel ill.


 

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