Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Posh Mama, Zen Baby": The Lowdown on Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Vitamins from Garden of Life

I mentioned in the very first “Posh Mama, Zen Baby” post that I wrote that I have been taking Garden of Life Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal Vitamins throughout my pregnancy. Since I love these vitamins so much and have done so much research about the ingredients, I wanted to share a little bit about them for this week’s Pregnancy post.  I swear by these vitamins and even though they were difficult to get down during my first trimester due to how sickly I felt, I feel comfort in knowing how many vital nutrients I am putting into my body (and my baby’s developing body) every day, even if I don’t get to eat the perfect health food diet. This was especially important during my first trimester when there were days that I didn't feel like eating anything except mac and cheese. Now, in the last month of my second trimester, they help me to feel more energized for my day and prevent some common pregnancy symptoms.  

What makes these vitamins so special?
These vitamins are specially created to not only help your baby flourish during development, but they are designed to keep you flourishing throughout your pregnancy.  They come with a few extras that the prenatal vitamins that my doctor prescribed did not come with, such as Probiotics (which keep your digestive track in balance and can help ward off yeast/urinary tract infections).

These vitamins also come with the suggested daily intake of Folate, so you don’t have to worry about taking a separate supplement.  It is recommended by the Center for Disease Control that you take at least 400 mg of Folate during your first trimester, which is different than Folic Acid, every day to support neural tube development, to prevent brain and spinal cord defects. Folate is a B-Vitamin naturally found in dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach and kale, whereas Folic Acid is the synthetic form of folate. Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal’s come with 800mg of natural folate, which is all easily absorbed into the placenta, whereas only a certain amount of folic acid can be converted into absorbable folate and the body is left with unnecessary folic acid. Because these vitamins are created from raw food (and they have never been cooked or treated), you are getting the most natural form of the folate which means that all of the 800mg are going right into your placenta and supporting your baby’s development.

These vitamins come with ginger to help ease morning sickness.  Additionally, to support overall healthy digestion and elimination, they contain Probiotics (as we’ve already discussed), Vitamin D, and Zinc.

While pregnant, your blood volume can increase up to 50% which requires your heart to work harder.  To support heart and blood health, these Raw Prenatal’s contain Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B-Complex, and Folate.  

Some other perks:
Vitamin Code Raw Prenatal vitamins are raw, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, uncooked, untreated, and unadulterated.

Where can I find these vitamins?
I found them at Whole Foods and you can always find them online with this list of retailers.  For one month’s supply, you pay around $42.  

*Note: I do take DHA and Fish Oil for Omega 3’s  additionally and try to eat a lot pregnancy superfoods, like spinach, kale, avocado, citrus fruits, etc in a well-balanced diet. Prenatal vitamins should be the foundation of your pregnancy diet, not the only way you're getting vital supplements.

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