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Re : Vitamins and more during pregnancy

Postby michaela » Mon Nov 17, 2003 01:12 pm

by michaela (26 Posts), Mon Nov 17, 2003 01:12 pm

I'm new to this board but I found this topic and I thought I would share some research I've done. I know you mentioned fish oil, have you considered cod liver oil. It contains the vitamin D that fish oil lacks. I don't know if any of you have heard of the Weston Price Foundation, but they have a ton of info on this subject, plus pregnancy and breastfeeding.

At first it may seem a little extreme, some of what they have researched, but with pre-e being so mysterious as far as causes, I think anything that we can do nutritionally is worth a shot. The website is if anyone is interested. My whole family is going to start on the cod liver oil as soon as it comes in. All the sites I've looked at recommend Carlson's or Premier.

My girlfriends swear by the stuff. They both have been taking it a while. They also are into the whole foods, raw milk and cheeses and buy their meat from farmers. I haven't taken that step yet. I am slowly changing my eating habits though. High protein has always been a priority with me when preg. now I'm incorporating it into every day living as much as I can.

Do most people on this site eat like 80-100 grams of protein daily when preg. It is suppose to be so important it would be interesting to see how many with PE did this. I didn't stick to it like my last birth which was my best. I know I couldn't do anything to avoid my son's death because we new nothing about this, but I plan on doing everything I can to be as healthy as I can next time.

As far as exercize--has anyone tried Pilates? I hate to exercize but I started Pilates a few months before I got pregnant and I loved it. I don't feel like it is as hard as Yoga for me. Unfortunately I didn't feel well enough in my preg. to continue. I try not to feel any guilt about that because I think it might have staved off the PE. or at least the severity of it.

I'm sorry this is so long. It has only been 2 weeks since Jared's death so I am still trying to sort out all this crap in my head so I may ramble on unintentionally.
Again, thank you to all those here that share their stories so the rest of us know we are not alone.

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DD Kennedy 4 yrs
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Our little angel Jared 34 wks stillborn 10/31/03 due to PE
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Re : Vitamins and more during pregnancy

Postby alysa » Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:57 am

by alysa (38 Posts), Thu Nov 20, 2003 11:57 am

Be catious of Asprin in pregnancy - it can cause rupture of the placenta - it was said beneficial for bp but the chance of aburuptio placentia (read about this)is not worth taking.
Originally posted by Rachel

HI Susanne...
My peri put me on Fish Oil, Vitamin E, Baby Aspirin, and Calcium. Along with my prenatals, and the lovenox I'll be taking when I get pregnant... I've never ever taken so many pills before!! Good luck to you in TTC!


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Re : Vitamins and more during pregnancy

Postby season » Thu Nov 20, 2003 01:57 pm

by season (1417 Posts), Thu Nov 20, 2003 01:57 pm


I think she's taking the aspirin under the care of a doctor. You may have also noticed that it's baby aspirin, not a high dose and many other woman here have had their doctors recomend it as well. I believe it has to do not just with bp, but with clotting as well, as some have an issue with clots in the placenta and the baby aspirin is an attempt to avoid that.

Please be careful. Your post was written in a very alarming way, which very few of us need here. Warnings are important, but fear and alarm is not necessary.

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Re : Vitamins and more during pregnancy

Postby laura » Thu Nov 20, 2003 02:31 pm

by laura (5139 Posts), Thu Nov 20, 2003 02:31 pm

SueAnn and Alysa, thank you both for showing us how frustrating and contradictory this disease is, even for people who educate themselves and are proactive about their care!

This is hard stuff, and the choices we all have to make are difficult ones. Absolutely aspirin and nsaids can be associated with abruption and aspirin and anticoagulants are absolutely indicated for women with thrombophilias. None of the choices we make are easy ones, and it's easy for smart people to develop opinions and not necessarily be wrong about them!(Though, my guess is that Rachel has tested positive for a blood clotting disorder because she's also on lovenox, another anticoagulant)A lot of this evolves into personal choice. And luckily,we all know and trust that each of us is thinking of their own and their baby's best interest, and we're all too happy to help them.

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Re : Vitamins and more during pregnancy

Postby gemc12 » Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:42 am

by gemc12 (6 Posts), Fri Nov 21, 2003 12:42 am

I just found your post and was wondering what you ended up finding out. We are also going to start trying and I was wondering what vitamins and doses were found to be helpful.

Look forward to hearing from you.
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