Several months ago, my husband and I published an article on our website about supplements and vitamins. It has always been our philosophy to take a daily vitamin as a backup, as well as cod liver oil. It has also been our philosophy to not consume anything made with chemicals, additives, preservatives, artificial colors. We never put it together before that the two contradicted each other, and it was until one of our readers pointed it out that we realized…the average vitamin found on your shelf is not only made of man-made vitamins that don’t even come close to the real thing found in whole foods, but also they were packed with colors, dyes, and who knows what else.
So when I found out I was pregnant, I decided right away not to take a prenatal vitamin. I decided that instead, I would research what I needed, and make sure it was found in my diet, and whatever I couldn’t get in my diet, I would get in a green juice. So every morning for the first two weeks, I would juice an entire bunch of spinach with other veggies and fruit, and down it like a vitamin.
And then, of course, morning sickness decided to rear its ugly head. I got so sick every time I tried to juice that I finally had to give up. I knew it was time to start researching what was on the market for prenatal vitamins, surely there was a holistic one out there?
It turns out there were several. My criteria was just to find a vitamin without artificial colors or any other nasty chemical, but I was really excited to find these vitamins from New Chapter that got all of its vitamins from whole foods rather than loading them with synthetics.
Not only are the vitamins taken from whole foods, but they’re all organic too. The only drawback is that you have to take 3 per day instead of one, and they smell very vitamin-y. But I swear that the day I started taking them, I started to feel better instantly and I haven’t had morning sickness since. I don’t know if those two things are related or not, but I’ll take it! You can buy them on Amazon here:
Another concern of mine was whether or not I could continue to take my cod liver oil supplement. I’ve read so many differing opinions, research and articles that I was frozen with indecision. On one hand, the baby needs DHA and EPA to form it’s most crucial organ, the brain. One study I found linked taking fish oil during pregnancy to a higher IQ in those babies. Another linked a lower risk of type 1 diabetes in newborns whose mothers took fish oil during pregnancy. But then other sources were saying that fish oil is DANGEROUS to unborn babies, could cause birth defects from it’s skewed ratio of Vitamin A to Vitamin D, and could contain mercury that would harm a tiny fetus. I seriously didn’t know what to do, so I just tried to eat as much fatty fish as I could until I could learn more.
After digging a little deeper I came to the conclusion that while most fish oil supplements did contain way too much vitamin A, ours had the correct ratio of Vitamin A to Vitamin D. These two vitamins seem to work together, and without enough vitamin D, vit A can possibly be toxic and cause birth defects. Carlson’s contains the correct ratio, approximately four to five times as much vitamin D as vitamin A, so I will continue to take a teaspoon every other day throughout this pregnancy. You can get it here: