Prenatal Supplementation: Optimizing your Future Child
- General supplement recommendations for those who are pregnant, regardless of the MTHFR mutation
- Provides insight into which supplements are needed while pregnant….and…why.
- Provides dietary suggestions to increase calcium and magnesium levels.
- Explains the importance of why nutrients are so critical during pregnancy
- Provides specific supplement recommendations along with suggested amounts and when to take.
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Supplements to consider (in addition to a healthy well-rounded diet):
- Optimal Prenatal: provides a blend of active folates along with other key nutrients
- Optimal Prenatal Protein Powder: provides Optimal Prenatal PLUS a complete protein blend. Two great flavors to choose from. Make a prenatal smoothie instead of swallowing pills. This is what I use about 4 times a week for my breakfast each morning. No – I am not pregnant but I am compound heterozygous MTHFR and feel great after using this.
- Active CoQH: provides 50 mg of pure ubiquinol in small easy-to-swallow gelatin capsules. Soy free. Best to take with food anytime of day. Consider 1 daily.
- Sublingual Active B12 with Methylfolate: provides 800 mcg of methylfolate and 1000 mcg of vitamin B12 (800 mcg of methylcobalamin and 200 mcg of adenosylcobalamin) in a small sublingual tablet. Consider placing 1 tablet under the tongue in the morning upon rising and another 30 minutes before lunch. Your physician may desire you to take 2 tablets under the tongue twice a day. Vegetarian.
- L-5-MTHF: provides 1 mg of methylfolate as Metafolin. Take as directed by your healthcare professional. Useful to increase your methylfolate levels incrementally if higher amounts are needed or recommended by your physician.
- OR L-5-MTHF Lozenge: provides 1 mg of methylfolate as Quatrefolic in an easy-to-deliver lozenge. Lozenge may be broken into smaller pieces for smaller doses.
- Optimal Vitamin D Liquid: provides 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 in a pure base of extra virgin olive oil. Kosher ingredients. Vegetarian. Consider taking 3 drops daily or 21 drops once a week. Recommended to take 6,000 IU of vitamin D3 daily while pregnant and breastfeeding. Have your physician monitor your vitamin D blood levels.
- ProBiota 12 Powder: provides 50 billion beneficial bacteria in 12 strains in a great tasting powder that is easy to tolerate. Simply take 1/8th teaspoon and place directly into your mouth after dinner nightly.
- Chewable Cal/Mag Plus D: provides 25% of daily calcium and 25% of daily magnesium per chewable tablet. Consider chewing one with lunch and dinner.
- Optimal Chia Seeds: provides additional food-based calcium, magnesium and trace minerals – and protein – in a very healthy form. Consider making Chia Seed Gel in the evening and taking 1 tablespoon between meals to help absorb toxins and encourage healthy bowel movements.
- Optimal Vitamin E: provides 400 IU of mixed tocopherals in an easy-to-swallow gelatin capsule. Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant and also supports healthy blood flow.
- Optimal Krill Oil: provides 12 mg of astaxanthin along with a lower amount of EPA/DHA that crosses the blood-brain-barrier as it is in a base of phosphatidylcholine. Consider taking 1 gelatin capsule daily anytime of day with some food.
- Optimal Fish Oil: provides potent amounts of EPA/DHA in the triglyceride form which is better absorbed than the ethyl ester forms. Consider taking 2 capsules daily with a meal anytime of day.
- Optimal PC: For those having methylation deficiencies, especially MTHFR, BHMT or PEMT, consider a phospholipid complex which provides phosphatidylcholine and other key phospatidyl derivates. Choline deficiency is quite common in pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. We do not want choline deficiencies as it is a critical nutrient for cognitive development.
There are very few prenatals that meet a high enough standard for me to recommend. The following are the multivitamins I do recommend for now:
- Xymogen Prenatal Essentials: pretty good overall but has a fair amount of iron. Call 800-547-9812 to order this. (Here is information on it).
- Optimal Prenatal: provides 800 mcg of methylfolate and folinic acid for best folate support. Using only methylfolate in a prenatal is not recommended. This is iron-free.
- Chewable Optimal Multivitamin: this has no iron, has a nice taste and requires a woman to take additional methylfolate during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Disclaimer: The information and product suggestions presented here are merely suggestions for you to consider. This information is not a prescription, treatment or diagnosis. Follow the suggestions and use the suggested supplements at your own risk. It is highly recommended that you discuss this information with your physician. Always seek the advice from your healthcare professional.