Q&A supplements to take for pregnancy

by purelytwins

Before I begin, thank you again for the sweet comments on my week 15 update, xo.

Now for supplements that I took before getting pregnant and during my first trimester (and still taking for the rest of my pregnancy). Remember please consult with your doctor before trying or adding anything to your diet. And keep in mind that we are all different and our bodies will require different needs. Therefore, the information that I am providing you today is from my personal experience and my own research.  These supplements worked for my body and may or may not work for you.

I have received several questions about all the supplements I took prior to getting pregnant, which ones am I taking during and about my vitex and estroblock pills. I plan to answer all those questions today.

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What are the best supplements for pregnancy?

Michelle and I shared our favorite supplements and I still take many of those today.

Below are the supplements I am taking to help support my pregnancy: (some I took before getting pregnant as well)

Great Lakes gelatin – both kinds (red bottle and green bottle) about 2-4 tablespoons a day. Gelatin provides the body the building blocks to build great skin, hair and nails from the inside out and helps reduce wrinkles and stretch marks. And much more.

1-2 teaspoons of fermented cod liver oil ( if I have sardines I usually have just 1 teaspoon). I take Green pastures. I take it for my Omega-3, Vitamin D and Vitamin A content.

folate – I took before getting pregnant and during my first trimester. I took this brand of folate.  Here is a great article going over the difference of folate vs folic acid. I take to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects and other birth defects.

multi-vitamin – I just recently started taking this starting my second trimester and so far am liking it. I take the brand Pure Encapsulations Nutrient 950 with vitamin K. I take it to make sure that I am getting all my vitamins and minerals covered.

digestive enzyme – I usually take before my lunch and dinner.  This is the brand I take and like it. I take it to help with my digestion and constipation issues.

magnesium -I always take in the morning and night, sometimes at lunch too if I feel I need it. I take Solaray Magnesium glycinate of 400mg before bed, and some nights I put on some magnesium oil (I don’t always remember), and sometimes I take magnesium citrate from Pure Encapsulations  if I need a little extra help with the bowel movements usually 150mg or some Calm. I also sometimes take this magnesium mineral drops in the morning usually 1/2 tsp (warning: tastes bad). I take magnesium to help with sleep and bowel movements.

liver – I consider this a supplement. I have it in the form of our homemade beef liver meatballs and/or liverwrust (I get from US Wellness Meat they sell quality grassland meat products, affiliate link) I try to have 3-4oz of liver a week, if I can. I take this for energy and vitamin A.

liquid Vitamin D (D3) – I try to remember to take a few drops each day, and of course, I get out in the sun as much as possible. I ran out of this, so I need to order more. Here is the brand I like. I take this to help reduce the risk of many pregnancy related complications.

probiotics – I don’t take daily anymore as I have increased my fermented veggies and kombucha intake. I feel sometimes getting probiotics naturally from food is better, but I still like to supplement with it from time to time as well. Here are the brands I like for probiotics the best Prescript-Assist broad spectrum and HM Forte. I know how important it is to have a lot of good bacteria while being pregnant and for nursing. They can help with avoiding illness and constipation.

I take all these supplements for overall good health for me and the baby. There are several good brands out there for supplements, these are just the ones I am currently taking and liking.

Each supplement has a purpose and I feel through these few supplements and eating a diet based on real foods I am getting plenty of vitamins and minerals to keep me be strong and healthy during these special 9 months and beyond.

I also have been doing DoTerra essential oils and I feel they have really helped with my pregnancy. I will do a separate post here soon on what essential oils I feel have helped me the most.

My diet during pregnancy:

I focus on eating real foods majority of the time.  Of course I am not perfect and have my treats and chocolate. But to me having a balance of it all is important.

I focus on getting good quality protein (if eating meat, I eat grass-fed or organic/local), fermented foods (sauerkraut, fermented veggies, goat yogurt or kefir (occasionally) and kombucha ). I try to drink 1-2 cups of kombucha a day if I can. I have about one serving of fruit and mainly get my veggies and greens from juicing or fermented veggies.

Right now my stomach likes it that way. And I enjoy a lot of healthy fats. Especially coconut oil. I always get 3 tbsp of it a day, some days I get more than that. I just love it. Love what it does for my body and energy. Also love how coconut oil is immune boosting, helps with baby’s brain development, and contains many of the components of breast milk to support nursing as well.

The brands of coconut oil we love and use are Wilderness family naturals, Green Pastures, Skinny coconut oil and Tropical Traditions.

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Did I do anything different with my diet or supplements to get pregnant?

Yes and no. Again I ate the same overall diet. I of course cut back on consuming alcohol since I knew I wanted to get pregnant. I would have it maybe once a week, if that. I still took a lot of the supplements listed above pre-pregnancy.

For my diet, again, I focused on eating somewhat paleo-like, not perfect at it as I like things that aren’t considered paleo. But I enjoyed overall high quality real foods. My diet is mostly fats with moderate amounts of carbs and proteins. Since I have PCOS I have researched that having higher fat lower carb can really help. And from my personal experience I would agree.  I still enjoyed some raw foods like fresh green juices with very little fruit in them and my fermented foods.

I feel avoiding the typical foods to avoid like processed foods, refined grains, excess sugar, GMO foods, etc. helped of course with my health and hormones.

What about Vitex and Estroblock as you were taking those? Are you still taking them? Did you stop taking them to get pregnant?

As you know I am a big fan of vitex and estroblock because both supplements helped me with my hormonal acne and getting my period somewhat normal. I think that also has to do with eating a diet based on real foods and watching my sugar intake.

I stopped taking vitex about 2 or 3 months before I took my clomid. Why did I stop?

Well, to be honest I was out of the bottle and never went to go get more and I felt my body needed a little break from it. Now if I did not get pregnant, I feel like I would be taking vitex still. Not 100% certain I would be, but I have a good feeling.

I took estroblock to clear up my adult acne and it worked! Love that stuff. See my thoughts here about it.

And my doctor knew I was taking estroblock, and told me to stop taking it as he did not want it to interfere with the clomid. I respected his request and listened. I know estroblock is safe to take during pregnancy, but I wanted to stop and see how my body (and skin did). And so far my skin is doing great. I still get a few small pimples from being pregnant, but no cystic acne.

I do not think you have to be on estroblock for life. Some people can take it for a few months and stop and still have clear skin. While others may need to take estroblock for a year or more before they can stop. It really all depends person to person. I am not sure if I will take estroblock again but it depends on my face. If it starts getting bad again with acne then yes, I will take it again. Right now I am enjoying that my face is doing well with a balanced diet, without those supplements.

Did I feel I needed to gain weight to get pregnant?

No. I did not feel I needed to gain weight to get pregnant. I was not underweight for my age and height. I have always been in the normal ranges for my bodyweight. So I knew weight was not really an issue, plus I know ladies who are a lot smaller than me who got pregnant. I think there are other factors that helped me. Now, I am not saying that gaining weight may or may not help you.  We are all different.

For me, I do feel taking 2 weeks off from working out, keeping my overall stress down, eating well and taking the clomid helped me to get pregnant. And a lot of prayers and faith 🙂

Constipation and pregnancy? 

Since constipation has been a health issue for me for many years and I knew it could be an issue with those that are pregnant. So I already knew beforehand that I needed to focus on my digestion.

Do you remember all the fiber and constipation talks we shared here?

Well, that was all sparked from me getting constipated the first few weeks of being pregnant. I knew there was a way to fix it. I did not want to put strain on my body or the growing baby!

What did I do… well I experimented. What Michelle and I do best. Really the best way to find what your body likes.

What do I feel helped as my constipation and digestion is better?

A few different things I feel helped.

Lowering my fiber intake, playing around with my water intake, increasing my sea salt in my diet, taking magnesium daily, using the squatty potty, drinking 3-4 cups of water first thing in the morning, being active, getting good sleep and staying positive about it all. Also taking digestive enzymes and having fermented foods has helped. I actually cut back on my probiotic supplement and rely now on consuming fermented foods and drinks for my healthy bacteria. I drink kombucha as much as I can, I make homemade sauerkraut and fermented veggies. Plus having coconut oil I feel helps. Eating 3 large meals vs snacking all day helped with my constipation. Not drinking water too close to meal times, enjoying the foods I am eating and not being stressed all helped.

What do I recommend if you’re struggling with constipation?

Watch your fiber intake (it is okay not to have a lot of fiber because fiber can actually irritate the gut and colon more), start your morning with warm lemon water, take digestive enzymes, chew your food,  make sure to eat lots of healthy fats in your diet, be careful not to drink too much water, get good sleep, reduce your stress in all areas of life, use the squatty potty to help you learn to get in the proper position for going poo and move your body first thing in the morning.  And most of all stay positive about it. Your mind and gut are closely connected.

I hope this information has helped you in some way.

Remember we are all different. These are just the things that helped me with my pregnancy journey and I hope they can help you too in some way.

Do your own research until you find things that work for you and your changing body.

If you have any more questions for me, please comment below and I will try my best to answer them.

PREGNANT? Work out with me during your special 9-month journey to stay fit and strong, and protect your core. Diastasis safe program.

What supplements do you take and like?

Do you have anything to add to my list?

If you’ve dealt with constipation before what helped you?

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Thanks for listening to me in sharing all this information with you today.  I just wanted to add that I feel majority of these supplements not only help with pregnancy but will help with getting an overall healthy body. Michelle takes many of these supplements too. 

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19 comments

Nikki @ grab your kicks April 9, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Great tips! Recently I discovered how much stress and constipation go together for me. I used to think it was only tied to the food I was eating and not the amount of stress in my life. On a recent vacation my digestion was great even though I wasn’t following my usual eating schedule. This made me realize just how much stress I’m under and how it’s negatively affecting my body.

I think it’s great you mention that fiber isn’t always a good thing. So many doctors told me to just increase my fiber intake when I was searching for help with IBS/constipation. It wasn’t the answer for me. I wish they would’ve looked beyond fiber, but I had to do that on my own.

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purelytwins April 9, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Nikki, oh yes stress is key. Amazing isn’t it?! Seriously, wish doctors would do a little more research as there is so much great information out there about fiber.

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Amanda J April 9, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Hi Lori! first off, sooooo excited for you – congrats!!! And thanks for sharing so much of this information. I’m sure it will be helpful for many gals. A couple of quick questions on the constipation stuff (as I know we don’t shy away from the poo talk here – haha):

1. When you add in some extra mag citrate (on top of the glycinate), do you take that at bedtime too or throughout the day?

2. Fiber talk – when you say you lower your fiber, are you avoiding more fibrous veggies or???

I’m always looking for some tips, etc in the ‘ol poo department! thanks again!

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purelytwins April 9, 2014 - 1:44 pm

yes bring on the poo questions haha, for the Mag Citrate I take that in the morning and always mag gly at night. Yes we are avoiding fibrous veggies, really we haven’t had any true veggies in a long time, we get our veggies through juicing so we miss the fiber there, and now with the fermented veggies that is really the only way we get veggies. As it digest differently than eating whole broccoli or something like that on it’s own.

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georgia April 9, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Great information, sounds like alot of research went into finding what works for you. I need a squatty potty! Such a good idea

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purelytwins April 9, 2014 - 1:45 pm

thanks Georgia! oh yes squatty potty is the best!

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lauraagarwilson (keepinghealthygettingstylish) April 9, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Really love the emphasis you put on the fact that we are all different, I feel it was my weight gain alongside clomid that helped me ovulate, but we have very different body types, it’s definitely an individual thing. I’ve been taking pretty much the same supplements, I had been taking maca and stopped that as soon as I found out I was pregnant as from my research there seemed to be no clear cut answer. I’ve also been adding the green Great Lakes gelatin to smoothies and some non GMO soya lecithin which I read about in the Better Baby Book, not sure if you’ve come across that one but it is an interesting read xx

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purelytwins April 9, 2014 - 4:57 pm

Yay for incorporating more gelatin I love it! I have heard of better baby book, I will have to look into it more. xo

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Heather April 9, 2014 - 5:32 pm

Probiotics have helped me so much!

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purelytwins April 9, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Awesome Heather 😉

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Lauren April 9, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Great tips! Yes, so many people deal with constipation but don’t talk about it…I like to explore reasons why too, like possible SIBO, hypothyroidism, food sensitivities, etc. Actually, my #1 top post on my blog is all about constipation: http://mindfulmealsblog.com/2013/10/23/relieve-constipation/

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purelytwins April 9, 2014 - 8:06 pm

awesome Lauren, yes we hope more people talk about constipation more as we feel it is an important topic to discuss more

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GiGi Eats Celebrities April 9, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Pure Encapsulations is the BEST – and Life Extension is another great vitamin brand! 🙂

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) April 10, 2014 - 11:00 am

I love reading about what works for each person. I used to be very anti-supplement. I believed in eating all whole foods (and I still do!) to get what I needed.

However, in the second tri of this pregnancy, my energy was tanking and my iron levels dipped, so I started taking these, http://goo.gl/fH1Mrg and noticed such a difference! My energy came back, my hair started growing, my eyebrows got thicker, and other symptoms that I didn’t even know where symptoms disappeared.

Needless to say, I’m a believer now!

I know I’ve said it before, but I’m so SO happy for you and look forward to following along in your pregnancy journey 🙂

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Alisa July 20, 2015 - 11:28 am

oh hi, thank you for a great blog on supplements. I’ve been on Estroblock for about 3 months which I started taking as I came of the pill. I’m also trying to get pregnant and now i’m wondering if the Estroblock can stop me or affect my chances to get pregnant. Did you take Estroblock before you got pregnant?

Many thanks,

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purelytwins July 20, 2015 - 8:51 pm

My doctor had me stop taking estroblock because I was taking clomid to help me get pregnant. My doctor wasn’t sure how estroblock would affect clomid so he had me stop.

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Heather March 26, 2017 - 9:10 am

I am currently on my second round of clomid/estrogen/progesterone regimen, a prescribed prenatal and DHA. I wondering if I should also add probiotics and vitamin d. I am having a hard time finding any information that indicates if the probiotics or vitamin d will interact with the Clomid. I just purchased a book about conceiving natuarally that was recommended to me. I haven’t gotten it yet to read up but the person that recommended it took all of the above plus 3 other supplements. I found that those 3 other supplements should not be taken with clomid bc of the estrogen that they boost and that’s what clomid is working to block. But I’m wondering if vitamin d or probiotics would effect the clomid at all. I have been researching and am coming up with very little. Thank you!!!

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purelytwins March 28, 2017 - 5:43 pm

Heather I am not familiar with all of that, I would suggest asking your doctor. Hope this round works for you!

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