As soon as the expecting woman sees two lines on the stick, she immediately rushes out to purchase a prenatal vitamin.  

However, is this the right thing to do?

Personally, I don’t believe so due to the following four reasons. Keep reading!

#1) Prenatal nutrition starts with your grandmother

What many women don’t realize is that nutrition begins with our grandmother. That’s three generations of establishing our health even before we are born! So suddenly taking a prenatal vitamin isn’t going to catch up the mother up on the nutrients she and baby needs. This also means that the mother is already establishing the health of her grandchildren since she the moment she was conceived and then of course into childhood and adulthood.  

#2) Majority of prenatal vitamins are synthetic

The second thing to know is that almost all prenatal vitamins (and vitamins in general for that matter) are synthetic. The body can’t metabolise synthetic ingredients. Which means it doesn’t make much sense to take something the body can’t process! 

Besides synthetic ingredients, prenatal vitamins also contain toxic additives and fillers. These additives and fillers are linked to many health ailments such as cancer, heart problems, mood problems, etc. 

#3) Almost all prenatal vitamins contain synthetic folic acid

Folic acid is synthetic and causes a wide variety of health complications for the baby. Folate from real food sources is what our bodies (and babies!) need.

Folic acid can actually increase the risk of cancers.

Dr. Stephanie Senff, PhD, a senior researcher at MIT has this to say about folic acid: 

 

Additionally, Dr. Senff has this to say about folic acid.

Dr. Fuhrman also has a great read on this topic.

Lastly, there has been some recent connection of the increasing number of babies born with lip/tongue ties and folic acid being the trigger for them. Lip and tongue ties cause a variety of health issues, the most notable one being proper latch for breastfeeding and growth.

*Note: it’s not just prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid, it’s multivitamins and other fortified products. Read labels very carefully.

#4) Prenatal vitamins aren’t a hail mary for poor lifestyle choices

Popping a prenatal vitamin under the impression that you are fulfilling your nutrition for the day is a setup for a health disappointments, most notably during pregnancy. It’s far better to eat nutrient-dense, whole foods that are organic and non-gmo. (I’ll give you a full list of what vitamins from real food+herbs looks like in part two.)

The takeaway is to stay away from prenatal vitamins in pill form and stick to nourishing whole foods! 

I personally do not take a specific prenatal vitamin in pill form. I do however, nourish my body for two! My primary source of vitamins and minerals are from real, organic, whole foods and herbs. There are a few specific supplements I do take and I’ll outline those in part four.

You can read Part Two and Part Three here. 

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