Supplements I Take During Pregnancy

When I was 2 I ate a whole bottle of Flintstones vitamins. Needless to say, a scary trip to the hospital and a stomach pumping followed. And I’ve hated taking pills ever since.

Having said that, I don’t think we can get every nutrient we need from our diets. Unfortunately, our depleted soils produce foods that aren’t as nutritionally dense as they could be. I also live a busy life, and don’t always get my weekly liver in or homemade salad dressings with raw egg yolks.

So, I take supplements, and I’ll list them out below. Quick note: I take 95% of these when I’m not pregnant, so hopefully everyone can relate to this post :).

Ready? Here’s what I take.

Prenatal

I always take my prenatal as an insurance policy to make sure the baby and I are getting what we need. I use either MegaFood or Garden of Life Vitamin Code. Both are food-based supplements, which I like because they are natural and easier to digest. I like MegaFood because they are high in iodine, have a good zinc/copper ration and are what I took with Griffin. The Vitamin Code prenatal contains additional probiotics and digestive enzymes, which is nice. They’re also smaller and you take less (3 versus 4).

Cod Liver Oil

In my opinion, this supplement is the most important for pregnancy (and nursing). It contains naturally occurring fat soluble vitamins A & D, which are vital for baby’s brain and eye development, bone and teeth structure, and so forth. It’s also high in omega 3′s and the fatty acids EPA and DHA. Again, critically important for baby’s development and mom’s health. I take the fermented variety from Green Pastures. This is the only cod liver oil on the market that is raw and includes the natural vitamins that occurs in the oil itself. Most others on the market, use heat to remove contaminants and naturally occurring vitamins. They then synthetically add them back in. Having said that, some cannot tolerate the fermented product as it can cause allergic reactions like hives, rashes, indigestion, etc. I would then recommend this product or this one. Both contain synthetic vitamins but they are in the right ratio and a fine option if you can’t tolerate the fermented one.

supplements-fb-1High Vitamin Butter Oil/Vitamin K2

Weston A. Price, a dentist who traveled the world studying cultures with the highest longevity rates, found that the healthiest people consumed 10X the amount of fat soluble vitamins A & D. He was a huge fan of cod liver oil as a result and found that “magic” occurred when he combined it with high vitamin butter oil and it’s special qualities. We now know that it contains another fat soluble vitamin, vitamin K2, which helps take calcium out of the wrong places in our bodies (i.e. kidneys, arteries, etc.) and into the right places like bones and teeth. It’s also great for cancer prevention. Because vitamin K2 regulates clotting in the blood, I don’t take daily. Instead, I shoot for a few times a week. I find it really helps with tooth sensitivity and keeps my skin super soft. I rotate between taking the butter oil and the cheaper vitamin K2 supplement, which is derived from fermented soy (natto).

B vitamins

I started taking a vitamin B complex about 6 months before I got pregnant. My midwife suggested this to build up my folate stores. I took this one from Vitamin Code. Since I still had some left, I kept taking here and there throughout the first trimester. I also took 50 mg of Vitamin B6 with each meal to help with first trimester nausea. It worked great! I will stop taking at 16 weeks.

Magnesium

I’ve seen stats that state anywhere from 60-95% of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium. This mineral also helps with morning sickness. Most importantly, it keeps things moving… if you get my drift. When we get pregnant, the hormones can slow things down, including our digestion and bowels. Magnesium is a wonderful remedy for constipation. The rule of thumb for dosage is to take magnesium until your stool get loose. Then dial back. For me, the perfect dosage seems to be about 500 mg a day. I use a combination of Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Citrate and Ancient Minerals Magnesium spray, which you apply topically.

Probiotics

I like taking one while pregnant and I rotate my brands to expose myself to as many different bacterial strains as possible. Right now, I’m using Natren. I like it because it’s high in bifidophilus, which is important for the small bacteria. I’ve also used Klaire Labs, Dr. Ohrika, and Bio-K.

Digestive Enzyme

I think everyone can benefit from taking one. I like these digestive enzymes from Vitamin Code. Just one at each meal takes away any indigestion. I’ve also used HCL with Pepsin, which worked well too.

So there you have it… the supplements I’m taking while pregnant.

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About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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88 Comments

  1. Emily July 26 at 9:11 am

    How much cod liver oil do you take while pregnant?

  2. Sara June 23 at 11:27 pm

    How much FCLO do you recommend for 3rd trimester? I have been doing just regular cod liver oil (tree of life), about a teaspoon daily up until now – do you think it’s OK to switch to fermented? And do you think it’s reasonable to start butter oil in 3rd trimester? Thanks!

  3. Tonya May 19 at 4:24 pm

    Wondering if you have heard of the multivitamin from called Supermom from Beeyoutiful? Do you prefer Megafood over New Chapter.. Trying to decide on a great multivitamin.

  4. Maureen Muoneke April 14 at 4:22 am

    I’m sure we all know and hear about the benefits of folic acid supplementation pre-pregnancy. Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) can help prevent neural tube defects. You can supplement with folic acid and/or be sure to include foods rich in folic acid, such as, asparagus, broccoli, oranges, lemons and white kidney beans.

    • Mom April 25 at 8:08 pm

      Folic acid isn’t actually vitamin B9; it’s a man-made chemical. Folate is natural B9. =)

  5. R March 12 at 1:21 pm

    The K2 you reccomend has evening primrose as an”other ingredient.” Since this is known to ripen the cervix, wondering if it’s safe during weeks 1-36 of pregnancy?

  6. Silviya Rankova March 7 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Genevieve, love your website!!!

    I am now researching supplements during pregnancy and your list is just amazing. Do you think taking fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil separately is better than taking it together? I take now Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil/ Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend and I was wondering should I separate them.

    My other question is with regards to the pro biotics. Which do you take from Natren? I get my yogurt starter there and is just great , haven’t found any better. What are important things to for when you choose a probiotic brand?

    Thanks a lot,
    Silviya

  7. Shari March 6 at 6:23 pm

    Great recommendations. What about Nordic naturals DHA and Rainbow Light prenatal?

    • Lindsey August 19 at 6:53 pm

      That is exactly what I am taking… Would love to know others thoughts…

  8. Jessie March 6 at 3:36 pm

    All wonderful ideas. I took many of these during my pregnancy last year. Liquid Cal-Mag seemed to fix everything that ailed me! Near the end I had to be more mindful of both my blood pressure and iron levels to stay low-risk for my planned home birth (we ended up delivering at the hospital due to meconium in my fluid). My midwife recommended Floradix which corrected my anemia very quickly and kava kava for relaxation. I also took the Wishgarden PRENATAL liver tonic and some chinese herbs given to me by my trusted acupuncturist. Love you Mama Natural!

  9. S. Lee February 18 at 12:32 am

    Love your supplement suggestions! However, the links to the different supplement suggestions don’t seem to be working. Not sure if it’s just my computer. Thanks!

    • S. Lee February 18 at 1:54 am

      nevermind! seems to be working now

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  11. G January 23 at 10:27 am

    I have been wondering if HCL with pepsin is ok during pregnancy, but could not find info anywhere. So obviously it did not cause problems for you then :)

  12. G January 23 at 10:27 am

    I have been wondering if HCL with pepsin is ok during pregnancy, but could not find info anywhere.

  13. Melanie January 18 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Genevieve,

    How do you feel about taking cod liver oil in addition to a prenatal that is not food based? Would this cause a problem with too much vitamin A/beta carotene?

    thanks!

  14. Sara G January 16 at 10:07 pm

    I’m curious about the magnesium and why you take the capsules and the spray. Do you not think the spray is enough? What sort of dosing are you looking for?

  15. Gabrielle January 9 at 2:31 pm

    Hi,

    I know you said you take most of these even when not pregnant, and wanted to ask several questions:

    Is there a vegetarian substitute for cod liver oil that you would recommend? What about flaxseed oil? It seems to have given me good results, at least cosmetically, for hair/skin/nails so far, and is said to have the same omega-3 fatty acids as fish oil, so wondering if it could be subbed for CLO.

    What would you recommend as the essentials for someone starting out, as I’m trying to switch my vitamins & supplements over to all natural & food-based ones. I’m thinking a B-complex, probiotic, and K-2, but at a loss for a replacement for multivitamins. I don’t want to take prenatals, as I am not planning on pregnancy anytime soon, but still want the benefit of the multi.

    I also eat chia seeds daily, and those work great for me, so I don’t feel the need for magnesium as much (chia seeds work in some of the same ways that you described magnesium as doing).

    Would love your help when you have a second!

    Thanks!

  16. Megan December 30 at 7:14 am

    Hey Lady!
    Just ordered FCLO in Cinnamon…but now I’m concerned since I read that I should avoid cinnamon oil during pregnancy. I’m 10 weeks along…what do you think?
    Thanks!!

  17. Hannah M. December 1 at 12:04 am

    Hi,

    Just found out I’m pregnant! been having lots of digestive issues from taking antibiotics and having allergies to wheat and dairy. What are your thoughts on Kombucha? My friend has enough to give to me and I’m thought about taking some, wondering if you’ve ever heard of it? Thanks for sharing all the prenatal stuff you take, I’ll definitely be checking out those brands as I haven’t found a brand I like for an all around prenatal yet. Love your posts, thanks! Oh, and, still waiting for the full birth story on Paloma :)

  18. JoshandKailyKay November 27 at 2:17 pm

    Coming from a Momma who deals with kidney stones and who has a family where cancer and osteoporosis sun rampant I’m extremely interested in the Vit. K supplement you were talking about. You said you had some reservations about taking it while prego? What were those reservations?

  19. Jen September 24 at 8:20 am

    Hi Mama Natural,
    Love your site! Very informative and helpful! I recently purchased the fermented cod liver oil. It has really upset my stomach. I’ve been taking it in small doses to try and get use to it. Do you know if the upset stomach will eventually go away as I get use to it or is this going to continue? Also I am a bit confused do I also need to take a magnesium and calcium supplement as well with the FCLO? Thanks in advance for your help!

  20. Chelsie September 17 at 7:46 pm

    I really enjoyed your article. I am actually taking the Garden of Life Vitamins. This is my second pregnancy. I had taken a different b complex with my first pregnancy, which my son is incredibly smart. He is almost 2 and is already starting to write his letters. My homeopathic doctor told me it would be great for developing the baby’s nervous system, and he was right. I can’t seem to find the b complex I took with him, and I found the Garden of Life brand and was very pleased. I noticed that you said that you were taking it as well, but were planning to stop at 16 weeks. I was just inquiring why you would stop then, and not finish the pregnancy? Thanks :)

    • Genevieve September 18 at 2:36 pm

      Chelsie!

      I did it more for cost reasons but I’ve actually started taking again. I feel better on it combined with vitamin B6. Great to hear about your son. Thanks for sharing! I also take the Garden of Life B complex. Let me know if you ever think of the one you took before :) XO

  21. Barbara August 25 at 8:54 am

    Hi Genevieve,

    Just discovered your site, it’s great! I have a couple of questions for you. I am 40 and am expecting my 6th child. For all of my babies I was up on my supplements and eating the right foods. I loosely follow a WPrice diet as the demands of life allow. I had become lax on supplements (VitD, Cod LO, probiotic, and Folate) as we thought we were probably done and avoiding times of fertility, seems I am still very fertile ;). I am extremely nauseated and struggling to keep anything down, thus worried about baby and my less than prepared body. I am taking New Chapter PreNatal which has 6oomg of folate, VitD 5,000 IU, and probiotcs. Just ordered the fermented CLO with Butter oil, the K2, and the enzymes. Anything else you would recommend for this slightly older mama? Thank you and God bless your work!

  22. Rosa July 17 at 4:57 pm

    I just discovered your tips on taking fermented cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil. How much should I take if my prenatal vitamin already has 5000 IU’s of Vitamin A? Thanks and I love your blog! Newly preggars, Rosa

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  24. Robyn June 18 at 9:10 am

    This was an extremely helpful post. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

  25. Amanda June 13 at 9:33 am

    Great video! I didn’t know Mega Food had an herb-free formulation. I started taking their Baby and Me supplement about 4 months before we conceived my son and continue to take it while nursing. I found it at Whole Foods and just picked up what they had in stock (apparently they are often out of stock because Mega Foods is a small home-based co.), but after clicking your Amazon link, I should start buying it online. Much cheaper!

  26. Casey Lynn June 12 at 6:14 am

    Love your posts. I have a question. I’m trying to find cod liver oil here in Germany. I’m American, but my husband is German. I remember from one of your other videos, cod liver oil is the only supplement you give G? When did you start? I ask because my German-mother-in-law is a very loving control freak and is telling me everything she ever did with my husband: her first born and only son (aka, her favorite). When I told her I wanted to fine cod liver oil, she asked why and told me she gave her kids a vitamin D supplement. I tried to explain things, but my German is as limited as her English. Also, any suggestions on how to deal with a family member that thinks they are super healthy, but it’s different from your style of trying to be natural?

    • Genevieve June 15 at 8:10 am

      I started Griffin on cod liver oil around 2. Many start as early as 3 months! Griffin ate a LOT of liver from 1-2 so thought he was good with vitamin A. Now, I give it to him a few times a week. With family, I listen politely, keep an open mind, and share my course of action without expecting approval. That’s key. XOXO

      • Heather February 27 at 7:08 pm

        Could you recommend a good site to buy liver capsules? My family will not eat liver and it’s hard to get good grassfed liver around here.

  27. Jacque June 11 at 1:50 pm

    Oh PLEASE help me! I’m pregnant with my 2nd as well (my first born has the very same b-day as Griffin!) and I can’t eat anything! I am supplementing with many of the same supplements you discussed but what did you eat??? Any suggestions would be SO appreciated. Thank you!

  28. KK June 10 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Mama Natural! So I noticed you take quite a few Garden Of Life supplements and wondered if you’ve ever looked into their cod liver oil supplements? I wouldn’t even know what to look for. The brand you get is a lil out of our price range but I know it can be so beneficial for both myself and my still breastmilk drinking 15mo old daughter, so I’m keeping my eyes open for something else, but also know I need to be careful. What are your thoughts on the brands cod liver supplement?

    • Genevieve June 11 at 2:47 pm

      The Sonne’s and Carlson’s are both much cheaper. Check out those links.

      • MamaCassi June 11 at 4:33 pm

        i used carlson’s for years before green pastures was well known (possibly before internet was so available! and growing up!) so can say that if i had to just choose one i could buy, that one is great, but it’s totally worth the effort to get the fermented cod liver oil. especially when pregnant and/or nursing (i’ve done both together a lot).

  29. Mirjana June 9 at 4:35 am

    Hi how log can i take vitamin B6. I’m not pregnant just nursing. Thanks

  30. Jennifer June 9 at 1:38 am

    Hi Genevive! I have a question about the K2 and blood clotting. Is it K2 or K1 that is involved with the clotting? I was under the impression that it was K1 that played a large role in blood clotting and K2 that paled the large role in distribution of calcium to the right places in the body. I recently ordered the fermented cod liver oil/ butter oil combo and was going to give myself and family a dose every day.

    • Genevieve June 15 at 8:12 am

      Yes, K1 is more involved with blood clotting. I’m just being uber conservative. The butter oil is lovely and a food and good :)

  31. Kelly June 7 at 7:26 pm

    Genevieve, are you planning on taking a childbirth class? I did Hypnobabies with my last two births and LOVED it! I had really fast and easy labors. Just curious . I know that you like to research and try lots of different natural things.

    • Genevieve June 15 at 8:12 am

      I have the Hypnobabies CDs so will listen to those. That’s about it :)

      • Laura August 10 at 10:18 am

        I HIGHLY recommend the Bradley Method. My water broke and I had no contractions so I was induced with Pitocin. I thought, “NOOO! I will never be able to do it without an epidural!” She was posterior and I pushed for 2 hours. Total labor was 43 hours and I did it with no pain medication! I couldn’t have done it without the Bradley Method and the LORD!!

  32. Melissa June 7 at 11:37 am

    I purchased the Jarrow Brand of K2 and I was surprised by the list of “other” ingredients which include but are not inclusive: “soybean oil, glycerin, and caramel (as a light barrier)”. It’s been sitting on my counter because the purist in me is uncertain about those ingredients. What are your thoughts about this?

    • Genevieve June 15 at 8:13 am

      I know. Not perfect. BUT, it is such a minuscule amount that I’m OK with it. I know many other natural mamas that take it with wonderful results.

      • Wendy January 22 at 1:38 pm

        Do you otherwise avoid soy and see the fermented natto as a healthy exception? I would love to start taking this product but feel conflicted about the soy.

  33. Jennifer Wingate June 6 at 11:38 pm

    Hello!
    I love your blog!
    I see you’ve recommended some RAW Vitamin Code brand supplements.

    What do you think about the RAW Vitamin Code Vaginal Probiotic?

    I usually get the Klaire Labs one…but it’s a drive to get them, so thought i’d try the Vitamin Code brand this time.

    *I’m 7 months pregnant with our 7th baby, so wanted to be sure that area doesn’t have any “bad bugs!” so thought since that one said “vaginal,” that maybe it has some extras to help with yeast down there.
    Blessings,
    Jennifer +

    • Genevieve June 15 at 8:14 am

      YOU GO GIRL! 7 KIDS! WOO HOO!

      I’ve never tried their probiotic but give it a try! They seem to make good products. You can also soak an unbleached, organic tampon in a high quality yogurt and insert overnight.XO

  34. MamaCassi June 6 at 12:28 pm

    just went out to stock up my supplements and came home wishing i had brands. THANK YOU. i also have done Garden for Life raw prenatals (only one i loved taking) still taking them while nursing, and Green Pastured fermented cod-liver oil w/ butter oil. I did magnesium this pregnancy and just ran out (and can tell!) and needed probiotic suggestions as well.

    perfect timing!!!

  35. Tanya June 6 at 9:07 am

    I just ordered some fermented cod liver oil from Green Pastures and my kids like it with the orange juice like you suggested in a previous video. However, I HATE it. Do you think you get similar benefits from the capsules by Green Pastures? I really want to try the fremented kind as I have read about the benefits. Or what about the capsules that combine their butter oil and fermented cod liver oil? Thoughts?

    • Genevieve June 15 at 8:15 am

      Sorry to hear. I really can’t taste it in the OJ. Are you using enough? Yes, the capsules are fine. You just have to take a lot if you’re pregnant. XO

      • Emily May 26 at 6:50 am

        How many capsules while pregnant?

  36. kyogunner June 5 at 11:55 pm

    Hi, i really enjoy your videos. love love love how you organize your family, to let them grow healthy and so beautifully. since you are pregnant with your 2nd, i really love to see how you prepare your little Griffin with this great gift. and love to see how your husband Mike ‘talk’ with the baby in your tummy.

    Keep up with your wonderful sharing…

  37. Cait June 5 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for doing this video! My first pregnancy was really our dive into whole, natural living. I randomly read on some blog that whole food supplements were best, so I ditched the prenatals someone had given me (with pink dye in them!) and got New Chapter vitamins. I took a cheap fish oil Omega 3 and calcium. Then we met my midwife and she put me on extra calcium+magnesium, extra D, extra iron (I was really low!) and a heavy duty probiotic because we thought I had an infection.
    Now I forget to take anything most of the time. But we are taking Miessence probiotics (I am so impressed with this company!!) and if I get pregnant again I will definitely take the FCLO. You’ve inspired me to get started on K and Magnesium now!

  38. Sarah June 5 at 9:54 am

    This is a little off topic, but could you share a video on how to get rid of pests naturally? It may be different where you live, but I would love to know if you guys use an exterminator (no judgement :) or if you use natural methods of getting rid of pests. My parents live in Charleston, SC and have to deal with palmetto bugs, cockroaches and other pests. They use an exterminator because there is really no other way they have found of getting rid of these dirty creatures. It would be great if they could find a natural alternative!

  39. brie. June 5 at 4:21 am

    interesting list! great to know what’s good to add in – i’m taking a multivitamin and an omega-3…

    i had to switch brands of prenatal vitamins as i realised the first kind i was taking was causing nausea (after i was starting to feel better from first trimester ick!)

    • Genevieve June 5 at 3:31 pm

      Good thing you figured out the prenatal thing. No need for anything to add to nausea!

  40. Heather June 4 at 11:49 pm

    For someone who is not pregnant but just starting with supplements what do suggest is a good starting point. Right now all I take is the gnc ultra mega for women (dont cringe lol) I watch your videos but get overwhelmed when I start shopping for supplements. By the way I’m 37 :)

    • Genevieve June 5 at 3:32 pm

      I’d do cod liver oil, magnesium, probiotic and potentially a digestive enzyme if that’s an issue. That’s it! XO

  41. Ashley June 4 at 9:13 pm

    Great info! Question, do you have any recommendations for infant and children vitamins.. Needing to order some more but want something natural and healthy! Thanks!

    • Genevieve June 5 at 3:33 pm

      Kids actually don’t need too many vitamins/minerals because if you think about it, they get a lot of calories per pound compared to an adult. For example, Griffin probably eats 1,000 calories a day and I eat around 2,000, but I’m over 100 pounds more!

      The only thing I would recommend is cod liver oil and probiotics. The latter only if there’s some digestion or allergy issues.

  42. Jaime June 4 at 8:39 pm

    Great!!! Thank you! I have been looking to add a probiotic to my supplements and this is a big help.

  43. Alicia June 4 at 8:38 pm

    I had planned to take most of these with this pregnancy, but I’ve spent the whole time battling severe hyperemesis (I’m down 50 pounds from my pre-preg weight and have to go in to the hospital twice a week to get IV fluids because I can’t keep down enough to stay hydrated.) I feel awful that I haven’t been getting better nutrition to baby. I’m taking a gummi prenatal (it’s full of things I’m not crazy for, but I haven’t found another one I can keep down yet, despite trying more than a dozen different varieties. I figure vitamins with HFCS are better than no vitamins, especially given that I can’t keep food down to get vitamins the “natural” way either.) I also put Natural Calm magnesium in my water every day – I don’t get a lot of it down, but I could definitely tell the difference after I started taking it, mainly with digestion but a little bit with the nausea (and every little bit helps with HG!). I’m starting the third trimester now, and I’m hoping to be able to start keeping more things down so I can juice again to get some REAL vitamins in me, as well as start taking a probiotic and cod liver oil. I want to do fermented CLO, but haven’t found one I can afford yet, so I may just have to do regular.

    Also, I agree with the mama above who said she’d love to see a video on supplements for while nursing.

    • Genevieve June 5 at 3:36 pm

      So sorry to hear about HG! Sounds like you’re doing the best you can so be easy on yourself. Baby will take what it needs. Hang in there! XO

  44. kristin June 4 at 7:14 pm

    Do you know if nordic naturals CLO contains synthetic vitamins? I’m not sure how to tell…

  45. Amber June 4 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Mama Natural! Question…do yo take the full dose of fermented cod liver oil recommended by WAPF for pregnant women (2tsp/day)? Also, what’s your take on desiccated liver capsules to get a boost of B vitamins? BTW, love your blog!!!

    • Genevieve June 5 at 3:37 pm

      I average about 15,000 IU of vitamin A, so about 1 1/2 tsp. I don’t do liver capsules but have 3 eggs a day and pastured butter for vitamin A. I also will start eating liver 2nd trimester. XO

      • Lindsey August 8 at 11:32 am

        Hi Genevieve! I have the Green Pastures Fermented cod liver oil capsules and just recently started taking them. I was curious as to why you don’t take the capsules. My daughter takes the liquid form by green pastures. Should I switch over to hers instead? LOVE your stuff btw!

        Thanks,
        Lindsey

  46. Jennifer June 4 at 2:18 pm

    Hey Mama Natural! You website and vlog are such great resources, thank you so much for all you do! I was wondering, any suggestions on preventing and/or healing stretch marks?

    • Genevieve June 4 at 2:52 pm

      Vitamin E oil mixed with cacao butter, coconut oil and shea butter. I would order the purest forms of all of these and warm gently (except vitamin E) and then mix together in equal parts. I would open up a few vitamin E capsules once the oil is cool. Store in a cool place and apply twice a day. Eating lots of gelatin or bone broth would also help.

  47. Amy June 4 at 12:58 pm

    B vitamins are not “stored” in the body. Only fat soluble vitamins are stored and build up in the body. Any digested and metabolized B vitamins not needed at a given time are excreted. Taking a 400 mcg supplement of folic acid everyday is important at conception and during pregnancy to ensure proper fetal development.

    • Emily W. June 4 at 1:21 pm

      There are 450 mcg of folate in the B-complex she mentioned

    • Jennifer June 4 at 2:29 pm

      There is folic acid and B-vitamins in her prenatal (MegaFood™ Baby & Me™ Herb Free contains 800 mcg folate), that is why she stated she feels comfortable going off B-vitamins supplement recommended by her midwife (VIT△MIN CODE® RAW B-Complex™, which contains 450 mcg folate).

    • Genevieve June 4 at 2:51 pm

      There are all the B vitamins in my prenatal, including 800 mcg of folate.

  48. Kelsey June 4 at 12:31 pm

    This list is great! I have a few questions (of course!). I noticed your magnesium is from Pure Encapsulations. Is Pure Encapsulations a supplement brand you think is okay? Pretty much everything I take is from them, but I don’t see them talked about much.

    I am currently dairy intolerant, can the K2 replace the butter oil? Or do I really need to be doing both?

    The footnote in the WAP pregnancy diet about fermented cod liver oil and hemorrhaging kind of terrifies me. Since I can’t have dairy I can’t follow the diet precisely, but I know how important FCLO is, so I am at a loss what to do. Do you know of any other resources that have more information/guidelines about that?

    I’ve learned so much from you! Thanks!

    • Genevieve June 4 at 2:50 pm

      Hi Kelsey!

      The hemorrhaging is related to plain fish oil, not cod liver oil. Regular fish oil thins the blood, is prone to oxidation, and if taken in combination with cod liver oil, is too much. Cod liver oil has been around for thousands of years so I feel good about taking it.

      Yes, the K2 supplement can replace the butter oil.

      I LOVE Pure Encapsulations because their ingredients are so clean. They are well respected.

    • Jennifer June 6 at 7:51 am

      Hey Kelsey,

      There isn’t any casein or lactose in the Green Pastures Butter Oil. So if you’re sensitive to the casein or lactose, then you are fine to take the butter oil!

  49. Rebecca June 4 at 11:58 am

    When I was pregnant, I took a lot of supplements (in addition to trying to eat well). The ones I took regularly were:

    –Prenatal (Food Science of Vermont)
    –Cod liver oil (standard cod liver oil, but I am interested in checking out the fermented stuff!)
    –Dandelion root (for liver support and function…. I also took Milk Thistle for the same purpose, but I think it irritated my stomach)
    –Magnesium
    –Vitamin D, and a lot of it!
    –Extra Vitamin C (Vitamin C and bioflavenoids supposedly help create a strong amniotic sac, preventing early rupturing, and it must have worked. With both my kids my water never broke until pushing time!)

    Also, later on, when I had moderately high blood pressure, I took CoQ10, Rutin and passionflower tincture. I am not sure which ones were the most effective. Passionflower seemed to help me a bit.

    • Rebecca June 4 at 11:59 am

      Oh yes, I also took probiotics sporadically (and drank a LOT of kefir!).

      • Rebecca June 5 at 2:34 pm

        Thanks! I felt like I lived on supplements and “health food”, but I don’t regret working hard to stay healthy when I was pregnant! By the grace of God, both our boys have been born unusually healthy with good immune systems and were very strong and well-developed physically even at birth.

        By the way, I only recently found your site. Did you do childhood immunizations with your first baby? I am just curious. We’re trying to decide which ones might be worth giving our now-2 year old (who hasn’t had shots yet).

        • Genevieve June 5 at 3:30 pm

          Awesome!

          Yes, I did a whole series on vaccines. Search my site “vaccines” and you’ll find all the videos. Still haven’t given Griffin any shots yet. Thinking about it now because I’m pregnant.

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