There is a lot to think about when you’re pregnant, and at the forefront of many mom-to-be’s minds is ensuring they are providing both themselves and their baby with the nutrition they need. I remember for me, despite being a naturopathic doctor, I was still overwhelmed by all the things I needed to do right. Eat right. Sleep right. Exercise right.
The first thing I focused on was my nutrition, and since I knew you can’t get everything you need from your diet alone, I turned to prenatal supplements. For many, the search for the right supplements may begin and end with a prenatal multivitamin. This is the most important supplement to consider when you’re pregnant – but it’s not the only one.
Good Gut = Good Health
Another key supplement consideration for pregnancy is a probiotic. You likely know them for their role in supporting healthy digestive and immune systems, and both of these can use some extra support during pregnancy. In fact, there is strong evidence that demonstrates when mom supplements with probiotics, baby benefits!
When it comes to supporting foundational health – even the microbiome – food comes first. There are many ways to include more probiotics into your diet, and it all comes down to fermentation. Yogurts, kimchi, sauerkraut, and even those often-craved pickles can contribute probiotic strains when consumed on a regular basis.
Credit to: Erin Stokes, ND MegaFood Medical Director
Picture Credit to: Jonathan