LOOKING FOR THE BEST PRENATAL SUPPLEMENT FOR YOU?
I get it, you want to pick the best supplement, after all, it might be one of the very first decisions you make when it comes to the health of you and your future baby, as a parent-to-be - it's important!
And you're absolutely right, taking a prenatal supplement around 3 months before you conceive is important for your baby's health. This helps prevent against nutrient deficiencies and build up stores in your body. This helps to avoid neural tube defects in your unborn baby, such as spina bifida (FSANZ, 2016).
However, there is no single best universal prenatal supplement for everyone! We know, it seems shocking there isn't a one-size-fits-all here!
Your individual nutritional needs for a healthy pregnancy depends on a number of different factors, including:
- Medical history
For example, women with Coeliac disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis) or those who've had bariatric or weight loss surgery require more folic acid due to potentially reduced absorbance in the gut! (RANZCOG guideline, 2017)
- Dietary patterns
Are you vegan, plant-based or vegetarian, or just don't like fish, seafood or meat? This could influence your prenatal supplement recommendation!
For example, women with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 may need additional folic acid to support a healthy pregnancy (RANZCOG guideline, 2017).
- Blood work and history of nutrient deficiencies
Iron, vitamin D or B12, zinc and folate are common deficiencies we see, just to name a few! With 1 in 5 women being iron deficient and 1 in 4 being vitamin D deficient, this is definitely a key consideration when it comes to finding the right supplement for you!
- If you're already pregnant
During each trimester, you have different nutritional demands (and symptoms too), so let a dietitian tailor your supplementation to you and your current needs to ensure you're nourished and comfortable!
So how do you know you are taking the right prenatal supplement for you?
Well, that's where our 30 min online EXPRESS prenatal supplement consult comes to the rescue!
You've got the basics covered. Fruit, veggies, lean meats, healthy fats, whole grains and dairy foods - you know this stuff! You've done everything you can to optimise the health of you and your unborn baby during pregnancy... Right?
Now you just need to be pointed in the right direction when it comes to choosing a prenatal supplement that can nourish you, fill in any nutrient gaps and support a healthy baby!
Stop the constant Googling, and chemist aisle strolls feeling confused and overwhelmed by the options available! Instead, feel CONFIDENT and INFORMED about the decisions you make about your future child's health from the very beginning all guided by an expert!
As fertility & prenatal dietitians & nutritionists, we're across every prenatal supplement that hits the market. Rest assured, we're always on top of any changes to formulations - and we're even aware of supplements that aren't available in stores! We do all the scouting, sifting and analysing for you, so you can sit back, relax and feel your best throughout your pregnancy journey.
In your 30 min express prenatal express online consult, you'll receive:
- A careful assessment of your prenatal nutritional status, considering key factors that may affect your nutrient needs for a healthy pregnancy
- A bespoke supplementation plan from an expert fertility and prenatal dietitian & nutritionist emailed to you after the appointment, including instructions on where to buy your recommended formula
- Any additional pregnancy nutrition tips and tricks we can squeeze into our time together!
Ready to stop feeling so confused in the pharmacy aisles, and wasting time attempting to decipher the befuddling nutrition labels of the endless prenatal supplement available?
Squeeze your 30 minute consult into your work lunch break, or chat to us while you're prepping your dinner. We'll answer all your prenatal supplement questions in the most convenient, easy way possible!