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Prior to my (accidental) conception of this child (at age 45), I had been going through a month-long juice and salad cleanse. I started on ubiquinol supplements about 3 months prior. I was also taking regular vitamin D3 (for my lupus) and lugol’s iodine drops (2-3 drops in my water, 1x a day).
Supplements prior to conception:
- Naturewise Ubiquinol 100 mg 1x/day. For more info, see this previous blog post.
- Lugol’s iodine, for good thyroid health. 2-3 drops 1x/day in my water.
- Vitamin D3 10,000 ius 1x/day
Supplements taken AFTER conception/during pregnancy:
- Lugol’s iodine 2-3 drops 1x/day in my water. Great article on fetal intelligence and higher IQs in babies because of iodine supplementation HERE. Another article about why iodine is so important during pregnancy HERE.
- Maca (first 2 months of pregnancy, to prevent miscarriage) 2 tablespoons per day, usually blended in a green juice. Article HERE.
- Vitamin D3 10,000 ius 1x/day. Cuts down on pregnancy complications and risks (like pre-eclampsia), article HERE. More reasons why D3 is vital for brain development HERE. High doses also lead to better muscle mass and less type 1 diabetes- article HERE.
- Prenatal vitamins these are pretty standard.
In addition, I was also on high blood pressure medication (Labetalol), progesterone, and heparin for my high blood pressure, progesterone issues, and Factor V Leiden blood clotting disorder.
Even with my 65 lb. weight gain, I did NOT get gestational diabetes nor did I develop preeclampsia, something they worry about in older pregnancies.
My child was born at week 37 by scheduled c-section and weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 20 inches long. Her Apgar score was perfect.
Knock wood, she has been uttering words since 2 months and is very intelligent and strong. At nearly 10 months, this child is already very advanced in speech and growth. She’s my little social butterfly dancing fool. 🙂