Research Supports Supplementing in Pregnancy

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multivitaminStudies into fish oils and pregnancy focus on several postulated preventative effects, namely pre-term delivery, intrauterine growth retardation, birth weight and pre-eclampsia.

When used from 3 months prior to falling pregnant, through to the end of the first trimester, multivitamins were associated with a 70% reduction in the risk of multiple birth defects.

Low concentrations of FOLIC ACID during pregnancy have been associated with;

  • Increased risk of premature delivery
  • Low birth weight babies
  • Growth retardation (& neural tube defects eg. spina bifida)
  • Spontaneous abortion
  • Placental abruption
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • High homocysteine levels

spina bifidaA few satellite studies into effect of maternal n-3 fatty acid status and the child’s later development of allergies or diseases such as diabetes are also emerging with some noteable results.

A study of the association between cod liver oil or vitamin D supplements and the risk of type 1 diabetes in the offspring found that when mothers took cod liver oil during pregnancy the risk of type 1 diabetes in the offspring were reduced, however supplementation to the child with cod liver oil, or vitamin D during the fist year of life did not reduce risk

It is best to supplement under the advice of a Naturopath who can take a detailed analysis of your health status and prescribe accordingly.

A good naturopath will use PRACTITIONER ONLY supplements. These have been specifically formulated for naturopathic use and have superior quality and higher individual ingredients than available in over the counter products found in supermarkets, health food shops or chemists.

Don’t forget that achieving optimal nutrition is important for both partners and not just the woman. It is probable that both will need to take supplements.


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