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Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Stack

General Health 646 SupplementDoctor
Enjoy a happy, healthy pregnancy. A healthy baby begins with a healthy mom, so start as soon as possible to prepare your body and mind for motherhood. Postpartum depression could indicate that you have a form of perinatal mood or anxiety disorder and approximately 15 to 20% of women experience this. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.

81 Potential Effects from this Stack

Effect OnScaleContributors
Cognition2 Pycnogenol, Zinc
Blood Flow2 Pycnogenol, Vitamin C, Fish Oil
Leptin1 Zinc, Fish Oil
Memory1 Fish Oil
Photoprotection1 Fish Oil
Endothelial Function1 Fish Oil
Plasma Vitamin C1 Vitamin C
Sperm Quality1 Vitamin C
Attention1 Pycnogenol, Fish Oil
IGF-1 (aka Insulin-like growth factor-1)1 Zinc, Fish Oil
Cell Adhesion Factors (aka sCAM-11 Fish Oil
Insulin Sensitivity1 Zinc, Vitamin C, Fish Oil
Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone1 Iodine
Infant Birth Weight1 Fish Oil
Free Testosterone1 Zinc, Fish Oil
Symptoms of AlzheimersNeutral Fish Oil
Apolipoprotein BNeutral Fish Oil
B cell countNeutral Fish Oil
T Cell CountNeutral Fish Oil
Lean MassNeutral Fish Oil
Natural Killer Cell Content (aka NK cellNeutral Fish Oil
Postpartum DepressionNeutral Fish Oil
Muscle Soreness (aka Delayed onset muscle sorenessNeutral Fish Oil
Pre-Eclampsia RiskNeutral Fish Oil
Protection from SmokingNeutral Vitamin C
Insulin SecretionNeutral Fish Oil
VO2 MaxNeutral Vitamin C, Fish Oil
Exercise-Induced Immune SuppressionNeutral Vitamin C
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Dosage Compound Form Frequency Dates Notes
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Vitex is one of the best recognized herbs in Europe for promoting lactation. One trial found that vitex tincture could increase the amount of milk produced by mothers with or without pregnancy complications.
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Sage has traditionally been used to dry up milk production when a woman no longer wishes to breast-feed.
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Rich in vitamins and minerals, red raspberry is traditionally used to strengthen and invigorate the uterus, increase milk flow, and restore the mother's system after childbirth.
30 mg ,,,,,,
30 mg per day. In a controlled study, pregnant women who took Pycnogenol reported some relief of pain in the legs, pelvis, hip, and low back.
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Nettle leaf is rich in calcium and iron and is mildly diuretic. It enriches and increases the flow of breast milk and restores the mother's energy following childbirth.
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Dandelion is a tonic herb, believed to strengthen or invigorate organ systems. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, it promotes urine and bile flow and helps with the common digestive complaints of pregnancy.
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Use a prenatal supplement that includes zinc. Studies show, women who used a zinc-containing nutritional supplement before and after conception had a 36% decreased chance of having a baby with a neural tube defect.
100 mg ,,,,,,
100 mg daily. Supplementing with vitamin C during pregnancy may reduce the risk of premature rupture of membranes (PROM) and may improve lung function in the child.
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Iron requirements increase during pregnancy, making iron deficiency in pregnancy quite common. Supplementation may help prevent a deficiency.
2.7 mg ,,,,,,
2.7 to 6.1 mg daily of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA plus DHA). Supplementing with fish oil (providing the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA) significantly reduced recurrence of premature delivery, according to one analysis.
1500 mg ,,,,,,
Obtain a total of 1,500 to 2,000 mg daily, including both supplement and food sources. Calcium needs double during pregnancy. Supplementing with calcium may reduce the risk of preeclampsia and pre-term delivery and improve the bone strength of the fetus.
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Use a prenatal supplement that includes biotin. Biotin deficiency may occur in as many as 50% of pregnant women. A prenatal multiple vitamin and mineral formula that contains biotin may help prevent a deficiency.
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Iodine is an essential nutrient for the development of the fetal thyroid gland which, in turn, is important for brain development.
800 mcg ,,,,,,
800 mcg daily, beginning before pregnancy. Supplementing with folic acid protects against the formation of birth defects, such as spina bifida. It also may lead to fewer infections for mothers and higher birth weight for babies.

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Potential Interactions
Calcium from food and supplements interferes with heme-iron absorption. Separating these supplements has been advised.
  • Hallberg L, Brune M, Erlandsson M, et al. Calcium: effect of different amounts on nonheme- and heme-iron absorption in humans. Am J Clin Nutr 1991;53:112-9.
  • Hallberg L, Rossander-Hulthén L, Brune M, Gleerup A. Inhibition of haem-iron absorption in man by calcium. Br J Nutr 1992;69:533-40.
Although vitamin C increases iron absorption, the effect is relatively minor.
  • Hunt JR, Gallagher SK, Johnson LK. Effect of ascorbic acid on apparent iron absorption by women with low iron stores. Am J Clin Nutr 1994;59:1381-5.
  • Hallberg L, Brune M, Rossander L. The role of vitamin C in iron absorption. Int J Vitam Nutr Res Suppl 1989;30:103-8.
  • Lynch SR, Cook JD. Interaction of vitamin C and iron. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1980;355:32-44.
  • Hallberg L, Brune M, Rossander L. Effect of ascorbic acid on iron absorption from different types of meals. Studies with ascorbic-acid-rich foods and synthetic ascorbic acid given in different amounts with different meals. Hum Nutr Appl Nutr 1986;40:97-113.
Zinc competes for absorption with calcium. A multimineral supplement will help prevent mineral imbalances.
  • Argiratos V, Samman S. The effect of calcium carbonate and calcium citrate on the absorption of zinc in healthy female subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr 1994;48:198-204.
Zinc competes for absorption with iron.
  • Dawson EB, Albers J, McGanity WJ. Serum zinc changes due to iron supplementation in teen-age pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr 1990;50:848-52.
  • Crofton RW, Gvozdanovic D, Gvozdanovic S, et al. Inorganic zinc and the intestinal absorption of ferrous iron. Am J Clin Nutr 1989;50:141-4.
In one study, administration of 1.9 g per day of calcium for 6 weeks to healthy individuals reduced the uptake of iodine by the thyroid gland. Further studies suggested that this effect of calcium was due to inhibition of gastrointestinal absorption of iodine. To be on the safe side, some doctors recommend that people taking calcium for long periods of time should also take a multimineral supplement that contains iodine.
  • Boyle JA, Greig WR, Fulton S, Dalakos TG. Excess dietary calcium and human thyroid function. J Endocrinol 1966;34:531-532.

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