Pregnancy Safe Supplements
Complications are unwanted when carrying your pregnancy to term. A question we’ve seen frequently popping up online is, “Are supplements safe to take during pregnancy?” We here at Agape Nutrition have set out to find an answer and provide pregnancy-safe options for you or your loved one.
Are Supplements Safe During Pregnancy?
Not exactly. Supplements are NOT approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This means that unknown contaminants could be present in the supplements you are taking, which could put you or your baby at risk. Some herbs are even unsafe to consume while pregnant.
While we have compiled some safe supplements to consume while pregnant, it is vital that you consult your doctor before adding any to your dietary routine. If you are pregnant and carrying to term, your body is in a unique state, even more so than your already individualized health record/experiences. It is important that you consult a well-informed professional about your health history, current medication, pregnancy status, and any other relevant information. The goal here is to keep you and your baby safe and healthy.
We’ve found three safe supplements you can choose to consume during your pregnancy (with doctoral approval, of course).
The first is folic acid, or the synthetic form of folate (a B Vitamin). Healthline recommends taking folic acid in order to “reduce the risk of neural tube defects and congenital abnormalities like cleft palate and heart defects”. The Mayo Clinic recommends taking folic acid “at least one month before conception”. This helps mitigate the possibility of a folate deficiency when you become pregnant.
The second supplement is ginger. This can be easily obtained and consumed in supplement or root form. Ginger helps treat nausea and vomiting, which are normal symptoms of pregnancy.
The last safe option we have for you today is a prenatal vitamin. Healthline describes these vitamins as “multivitamins that are specially formulated to meet the increased demand for micronutrients during pregnancy..… intended to be taken before conception and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”
Prenatal vitamins can be prescribed by a doctor or bought over the counter at a pharmacy. You can even purchase them here at Agape Nutrition! We’ve attached one of our numerous options here.
Folic acid and ginger are also readily available in our shop.
We hope this list of safe supplements will help you feel more comfortable discussing dietary additions with your physician/primary care provider. If you are pregnant, or are looking to become pregnant, these may foster a gentler process for you and your family.