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    Default Natural Supplements while pregnant...

    Hi all.

    I have a number of women's health issues (vulvadynia, vaginitis, etc - have done for many many years) and have been seeing a natropath and am on supplements currently. A whole lot of supplements... I'm surprised I don't rattle!!

    Anyway... my natropath knows we're TTC #3 (I'm 5DPO, waiting to test) and have told me what is safe and unsafe to have. With my own personal research I am now left completely confused as to what is safe and what is not.

    Is there somewhere 'official' or reliable that I can check?
    What supplements did you take safely in pregnancy?

    I'm currently on:
    Probiotic (that is pregnancy and nursing safe)
    Multivitamin (a pregnancy one)
    Vit E Capsules
    Mashmallow Root Capsules - which I've been told are unsafe... but have seen conflicting information. Natro says the tea is safe... the capsules are not. She wants me to replace this with Slippery Elm powder, which I have read conflicting information about.
    Grapefruit Seed Extract Capsules - She says they are unsafe, so I have stopped
    Curcumin/Tumeric Capsules - She says are safe... I read are unsafe and to only have the Tumeric powder


    SO confusing!!! Just want to give baby the best start.

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    I avoided all supplements during my pregnancy! I think it is best to listen to your doctor, afterall she would know the best.

    Sorry I can't help

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    What makes them unsafe? I know a few things are (have not heard of any of the ones listed being unsafe).

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    A lot of the time they're deemed unsafe because they haven't actually got any information on them because no one has tested them on pregnant women!! (This is with many herbal supplements)

    Sorry I can't be of much help.

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    I would agree with what your naturopath says, and on what you have listed, it all seems accurate to me. Probiotics, multivits (personally I prefer wholefood ones and you could always switch to them?), Vit E and curcumin will only be beneficial in pregnancy. It depends a lot on the quality of the supplement as well - not all created equal. The more "natural" and higher quality is going to be absorbed better with fewer side effects. If you don't want to take the curcumin tabs anymore, you could just try combining turmeric, cumin, black pepper into a curried dish every couple days for the same anti inflammatory benefit. Same with Vit E - you could try switching to food sources such as nuts, seeds, leafy greens.

    I would also talk to your naturopath about adding in a high quality fish of krill oil, the evidence is overwhelming in how good they are for baby and you.

    As for me & what I've taken safely in pregnancy. Fish/cod liver oil was fabulous in second pregnancy. I now take krill oil in third pregnancy. Organic wholefood multivits (iherb is great for these). I have switched between packet probiotics and food sources, now prefer food and have a serve of yoghurt and sauerkraut daily. Nettle tea is great. I also took vitex (chasteberry) for the first 3 months. No other herbals/even chamomile tea started to make me feel queasy and is actually contraindicated.
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    I would not take any supplements (pregnant or not) unless they have been recommended by a medical professional. Especially not a naturopath.

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    Yeah, naturopaths are all quacks and GPs know heaps about nutrition and natural pregnancy care

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    This has been a LONG journey. 10 years of living in chronic pain (never ever had painless intimate times with DH) and seeing countless GPs, Specialists, etc - I'll try anything at this stage. If that means taking some supplements to see if they help... I'm going to do it.

    I am still under the care of a GP and have had new bloods, scans, etc in the past week. They know what I am taking. So it's not like I'm just taking supplements and doing nothing else.

    Mainly deemed unsafe because there is not enough study done on taking them while pregnant.

    I've cut back down to just multivitamins and probiotic at this stage - I see the natro in a couple of weeks and test for BFP on Tues. I'm still on a strict anti-inflammatory diet. Thanks heaps for the replies!


 

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