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When thinking of having a baby, one of the first things women do, is buy some prenatal supplements, which is great. This shows that they want to be healthy to give their baby a great start in life. What they don’t realise is that they pay a lot of money for not very good quality supplements. Additionally women feel “safe” that they are giving their body all it needs to conceive a healthy baby.

Have a look at the table below. At first glance you can see a lot of extra nutrients in the professional pre natal supplement compared to the popular over the counter supplement. For example Choline is essential for brain development of the foetus. It was found that fetal rats whose mothers didn’t get enough choline in their diets had less brain development and poorer memories after birth than those whose mothers ate adequate amounts of the nutrient.

Vitamin B is absolutely essential to conceive, but also to avoid conditions such as Spina Bifida and congenital heart defects. Folic Acid (which is a form of vitamin B) is well known for preventing Spina Bifida, but only if the woman has enough Folic Acid BEFORE she conceives and only if she has an adequate intake of other sources of vitamin B. The body needs other B vitamins to convert it to the active form, which the body can actually absorb. As you can see in the table below the professional supplement includes the active form of Folic Acid, so that the body does not have to convert it. Additionally the amount of the different B vitamins is 10 – 100 times higher in the professional supplement. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that high vitamin B6 lowers chance of miscarriage by 50% and improves fertility by 120%.

Professional Practitioner Prenatal Supplement Popular over the counter Prenatal Supplement
Iodine 200 mcg 250 mcg
Folic Acid 541mcg (active form) 800 mcg
Choline Bitartrate 200 mg
Vitamin B1 50 mg 1.55 mg
Vitamin B2 50 mg 1.8 mg
Vitamin B3 75 mg 19 mg
Manganese 10 mg 1 mg
Zinc 25 mg 7.5 mg
Vitamin B6 50 mg 2.6 mg
Pyridoxal-5-phosphate (Vitamin B6) 10 mg (active form)
Vitamin B12 400 mcg 4 mcg
Magnesium 25 mg 100 mg
Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) 200 mg 100 mg
Selenium (as Selenomethionine) 75 mcg
Vitamin B5 50 mg 10 mg
Calcium 50 mg 125 mg
Chromium (as chromic chloride) 50 mcg
Chromium (as chromium picolinate) 50 mcgvv
Molybdenum 50 mcg
R,S-alpha lipoic acid 100 mg
Biotin 100 mcg
Coenzyme Q10 100 mg
Vitamin D3 25 mcg 12.5 mcg
Vitamin K 100 mcg
100 mcg 3 mg
Vitamin E 168 mg 15 mg
Phosphorus 125 mg
Copper 1 mg

Admittedly there are a few nutrients that are in the over the counter supplement that are not in the professional supplement including iron, magnesium, copper and phosphorus. Iron when used in a supplement may interfere with the absorption of other nutrients, so therefore it is best to be used at separate times or only in small amounts.

Copper works in conjunction with zinc. If copper is high, zinc will be low and vice versa. Most people have high amounts of copper in the system, but are zinc deficient.

Furthermore the professional prenatal supplement includes a lot of antioxidants such as R,S-alpha lipoic acid, Coenzyme Q10, beta carotene, vitamin E and selenium. Antioxidants are compounds in foods that neutralise chemicals called free radicals (unstable molecules), produced by oxidation in the human body.  I like to compare it to rust, it stops your body from rusting, just like the iron gate that is exposed to the environment over years, after a while it starts rusting and deteriorating. It is the same with our bodies. By eating a diet high in antioxidants, including a colourful variety of vegetables and fruit we can prevent our body from “rusting”.

Shaw GM, Carmichael SL, Yang W, Selvin S, Schaffer DM (July 2004). “Periconceptional dietary intake of choline and betaine and neural tube defects in offspring”. American Journal of Epidemiology 160 (2): 102–9

Ronnenberg AG, Venners SA, Xu X, Chen C, Wang L, Guang W, Huang A, Wang X., Preconception B-vitamin and homocysteine status, conception, and early pregnancy loss. Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Aug 1;166(3):304-12. Epub 2007 May 2.

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Evelin Liddell is a Homeopath and Fertility Specialist with over 15 years experience in the natural health field mainly working with women and children.

Evelin has great success and built an excellent reputation with infertility, hormonal problems, glandular fever and children’s health (asthma, colds, tonsillitis, ear infections, fevers, colic, behavioural problems).

Evelin also has a special interest in nutrition and is currently the only metabolic balance® coach in Queensland, Australia. Bracken Ridge Natural Therapies,

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