5 best supplements for pregnancy

1: Chlorella and spirulina
are excellent sources of carotenes, chlorophyll, and other antioxidants. Studies show that they can help eliminate heavy metals and toxins from the body, thus reducing the fetus' exposure to these poisons.

2: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
from algae or concentrated fish oil supplements helps the baby develop a normal brain and retina. A pregnant woman can lose as much as 50 percent of the DHA from her brain—a major contributor to postpartum depression. Mothers with low levels of DHA also are more likely to deliver prematurely.

3: Folic acid supplementation
during pregnancy has been shown to prevent neural-tube birth defects and acute childhood leukemia. It may also help prevent miscarriage. In the mother, folate helps prevent anemia and supports emotional health.

4: Probiotics (lactobacillus, acidophilus, and bifidobacteria)
help maintain good immune function to prevent respiratory, gastrointestinal, and vaginal infections—reducing the risk of complications during delivery. When pregnant mothers take these "healthy bacteria," their children are less likely to develop allergies.

5: Vitamin D
supports normal fetal growth, including bone, neurologic, and immune system development. Supplementation may help prevent the child from getting diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Source: Robert Rountree, MD, coauthor of A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health (Avery, 2003).

Note: Please consult your health care practitioner for individual doses and safety information.


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