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Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
by Dave Foreman
I understand that many of you think it is crazy to discuss prenatal care in the infant corner, but hear me out. If you don't have a healthy pregnancy, it will definitely impact the health of your infant. I have a few supplements that I find critical to helping both mommy and baby to be healthier throughout the pregnancy and in the first few months postpartum.
Omega-3s from fish -You would have been shocked if this wasn't on my list. Some people say that Fish Oil is my Windex® (Big Fat Greek Wedding - if you don't get it, rent the movie). The DHA found in fish oil will help the development of your child's brain, eyes and more. It will also provide support to mommy and help prevent postpartum depression.
Prenatal vitamin -Again, this is a no-brainer. Ladies, you need added nutrients like Iron, Calcium and Folic Acid for starters to help prevent issues in your baby (and yourself). The nutritional needs of a pregnant woman are much different from one who isn't. Don't play around - get a good prenatal (preferably whole food).
Probiotic - This one isn't necessarily going to directly impact your infant, but the last thing mommy needs is added gas, bloating, constipation or a vaginal infection. Taking a blended probiotic will help you take big steps at improving your digestion and immune function while pregnant.
Bone supplement - Notice I didn't say calcium supplement. Currently there are two amazing supplements that would be great: The Grow Bone System and Bone Strength Take Care. Your unborn child will be stripping you of everything he or she can when it comes to the minerals that grow healthy bones. You need to make sure you have enough for your child and extra for yourself. This often gets overlooked and mommy suffers in the end (leg cramps, sleep issues and more).
These are just the basics. This is not necessarily the protocol for a pregnant woman. This is a protocol for a woman who is concerned about the growth and development of her child. Maybe in a future newsletter I will discuss my protocol for pregnancy specifically. There are many things we can do to help mom feel better before, during and after pregnancy.