As I’m now entering my second trimester of pregnancy (I cannot believe how quickly #3 is going by!), I have been getting lots of questions from other women asking how I stay healthy during pregnancy. Growing a human inside you is a humbling reminder of how being a good steward of our health is not all about ourselves, but a way we can care well for the people the Lord has entrusted us with…both those in our life and in our belly!
I wanted to share a few of my go-to supplements during pregnancy that I use make sure I am giving my body all the nutrients and care that it needs to function at its best, while also providing optimal nutrition and love for the new life growing inside of me! (Also, scroll to the bottom for some FAQs!)
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing what has worked for me. Always chat with your doctor first in case there’s anything unique in your pregnancy that would need to be addressed before getting started with these supplements.
Rainbow Light Prenatal Multivitamin: In addition to being food-based, it also includes plant-source enzymes, ginger juice, and probiotics to support digestion and absorption, but reduce upset stomach. It is gluten-free, lactose-free and contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or additives. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here, but I buy mine at Target.
Beachbody’s Core Omega 3’s: Beneficial for baby’s brain development, these are my favorite fish oil tablets, given that they’re easy to swallow & don’t have a fishy aftertaste. (Who wants to feel like they’re burping fish eggs for the rest of the day?) Click here to learn more and order your own!
Shakeology: I get my sweet tooth satisfied and a rush of superfoods to fuel my body AND my energy. These days, baby gets first dibs on nutrients, and I get the leftovers. So in pregnancy, it’s more important than ever to eat foods that provide dense nutrition. Shakeology is not only my healthiest meal of the day, but it’s also the most brainless! (Which lets be honest — is completely appreciated these days!) Want to try Shakeology? You can order one of seven different flavors by clicking here. (Vegan Chocolate is my personal favorite!)
Waiting in Wonder: Not a supplement, but I loved this resource not to much to not include the importance of its daily dose too. We had some sweet friends (who just had their first child a month ago) who sent this to us when they found out we had another sweet one on the way. This book is such a great reminder that this baby is a precious gift to us from God and to see His hand throughout the pregnancy journey. For my fellow pregnant mamas, I highly recommend getting a copy for yourself! You can order one off of Amazon by clicking here!
A few more FAQ’s:
Did your OB-GYN approve your supplement routine? Yes. I have an awesome doctor who I respect professionally & as a mom herself. Of course, she recommends all of her patients use a prenatal vitamin + Omega 3’s, and when I asked her about Shakeology, she said, “It’s squeaky clean. What could be wrong with it?”
What about vitamin toxicity? Did your OB-GYN express any concern that you might be getting too many vitamins? No. Because the recommended daily value percentage by our FDA is based on the needs of a sedentary 12-year-old, she said pregnant women are much more likely to be vitamin deficient than struggle with a vitamin overdose.
Is there a reason why you use the vegan formula of Shakeology over the standard formula while pregnant? I typically recommend the vegan formula for pregnant + nursing moms simply because vegan proteins are easier for the body to digest. And let’s be real; our bodies have got enough going on these days! If we can make something easier on ourselves, why wouldn’t we?!
Can you tell a difference on the days when you don’t follow your supplement routine? 110%! In fact, prior to getting pregnant, I would alternate which meal of the day I would drink my Shakeology: breakfast or lunch, depending on that day’s schedule. But this pregnancy, I noticed a major dip in my energy mid-morning on the days I waited to have Shakeology until lunch. Thankfully, it only took me a few days to get to the root of the problem & see I could easily fix it by getting my Shakeology in me first thing.
Any other questions you’d like me to cover? Post it in the comments!