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posted ago by PopcornTastesGood ago by PopcornTastesGood +241 / -1

I know not exactly on topic for the board, but I trust most pedes on here more than any doctors or medical people right now. So with that being said, my wife and I are about to being another pure blood into the world and i was wonder if any of the health experts on here can tell me if prenatals are a good idea and if so a good brand to look for. I literally have nearly zero trust for most companies pushing anyhting now days, because they all seemed to be owned by terrible companies.

Sorry again for off topic but happy to share the great news with you frens, and any help is greatly appreciated!!!

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Anon6992374 16 points ago +16 / -0

If you're that unhappy with the doctors in your area, look for a Naturopath or Homeopath, preferably one with a medical degree. You always need a balance of proper nutrients, and doctors, love them or hate them, are trained to look for common signs of deficiencies.

A doctor who practices (at least partially) alternative medicine is more likely to give you better advice when it comes to vitamins, because they know that small imbalances can have very large effects (more than a typical doctor who strictly practices so-called western medicine). They also understand that nothing in the body operates with complete independence, and treat the body as a whole organism, unlike specialized medicine which is filled with oversights and foolishness.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

I will look into it for sure, thank you very much for your reply and the info. I appreciate more than you all will ever know!

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GingerPatriot 6 points ago +6 / -0

I second this! Have been seeing a Naturopathic doctor for my daughter since around June. First appointment was 2 hours and the most extensive health history I've ever been through and she asked about EVERYTHING! She responds to my emails rather quickly, she makes suggestions and answers questions without billing me for it. She knows my daughter as well as I do by now and I am NEVER looking back! Thankfully her primary care physician is awesome and requests the blood tests so our insurance will pay for it. Definitely worth your time to check this out. And also, Congratulations!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

Awesome thank you for the input! I will be sure to look into it and thank you!

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HelloDolly 3 points ago +3 / -0

Ditto the congratulations!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Thank you!

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Holyghosttoast 9 points ago +9 / -0

Yay! I just had my son 9 months ago! Try to focus on eating healthy, of course she’s going to have cravings but try to have well balanced meals! If she’s open to it, see if you can get a midwife rather than a physician. They’re still in a hospital, doctors are still there but you have someone with a more natural approach! Overall just try to keep a happy positive environment, being pregnant can be uncomfortable so give her grace. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 6 points ago +6 / -0

Great info! And yes we are going to try and focus on balance meals and introduce more sea food as we do not eat enough. And with everything going on, it will be tough but we will manage. Thank you very much for your reply and congrats on your recent baby as well!!!!

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ditzee58 3 points ago +3 / -0

Congratulations!

Make sure to check where the seafood is fished. Our doc in NOLA was treating people from Mississippi for heavy metals poisoning. The water from the MIss. River (the current took it east) was polluting the Gulf so seafood was exposed.

Louisiana is basically the sewer system for a large part of the country because all the crap, literally and figuratively dumped into the River finds its way down to us.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Good to know, thank you I will be sure to double check everything she eats!

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ditzee58 2 points ago +2 / -0

You’re welcome!

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Malamutememer 8 points ago +9 / -1

Breastfeeding. Keep the wife healthy with supplements. That’s 100% your job now.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

On it, thank you!!

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VoatAnon1984 4 points ago +4 / -0

As a dad, I support this 100%.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

😁

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fatigued 6 points ago +6 / -0

For your anti allopathic birth: Midwife, doula, homebirth. No Quackseens, no eye drops, no Vitimin K and don't cut the cord until baby has all the cord blood. I have more than one grandchild who has never seen a doc or a med clinic.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Thank you for all the good suggestions, we are considering a midwife and home birth. And I didn't know that about the cord cutting, will make sure to pay attention! Thank you!!

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LucilleBrawl 6 points ago +6 / -0

Congratulations!!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 5 points ago +5 / -0

Thank you very much!!

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Deplorable69 6 points ago +6 / -0

Do not let the hospital vaccinate your infant. Tell the staff you prefer your pediatrician to handle all immunizations in the office. Room in with your infant, do not let the baby go to the nursery ever for any reason. The newborn exam can be done in your room. Do not take no for an answer. Tell the hospital no to Covid testing. They will treat you as if you have Covid. No visitors, which will be a blessing to you!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Yes on all that, I have a very strong personality and people typically realize quickly I will not be pushed around, and when it comes to my child they will not be doing anything I disagree with. Thank you for your support, we truly appreciate it! Thank you!!

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Ssue1216 6 points ago +6 / -0

Good luck friend! Anything with whole food vitamins is the way to go

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BigMuddyMama 3 points ago +3 / -0

Agree! Look for any with active folate (methylfolate). SMART brand is one that comes to mind.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you!!

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BigMuddyMama 3 points ago +3 / -0

My pleasure- congrats! Babies are awesome

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

That they are!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

And thanks!!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

First off, thank you!! Secondly, just look for "whole foods" is description or ingredients?

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Ssue1216 5 points ago +5 / -0

Ingredient - its more expensive but you know bill gates and his gmo shit isn’t part of it. https://www.gardenoflife.com/mykind-organics-prenatal-multi

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Oh nice thanks for link! Money doesn't matter when it comes to my families health so thank you very much!!!

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2020voter 5 points ago +5 / -0

Wow hoo!! Good job pede!! Congrats!!!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

Thank you very much fren!!

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gobby 5 points ago +5 / -0

This is the kind of off-topic post that makes us happy! Babies are good news and we could certainly use that! Congrats to you and your wife. So glad you didn't social distance yourselves out of this joy.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Lmao well said! Thank you very much fren!

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FutileConundrum 5 points ago +5 / -0

I really like rainbow light prenatals. Plant based and didn't give me bad side effects.

Paired with their prenatal dha(fish oil) I've had two healthy babies with them.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

Fantastic will look into then for sure! Thank you! Best community ever :)

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DagnyDocket 5 points ago +5 / -0

Congratulations!!

As with everything, educate yourself. If she has bad morning sickness vitamins can be rough; a good midwife or search can suggest an herbal tea that provides much of what is needed. I took RAW vitamins. If iron is an issue try blackstrap molasses as it won’t bind her up.

Beyond prenatals I could go on and on, quite passionate about this topic.

I would recommend Nourishing Traditions for pregnancy by Sally Fallon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0982338317/ref=dbs_a_w_dp_0982338317). From a labor side I loved Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin (https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Midwifery-Ina-May-Gaskin/dp/1570671044/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?crid=ITIHGZ4TIOMX&dchild=1&keywords=spiritual+midwifery+by+ina+may+gaskin&qid=1635209247&sprefix=spiritual+midwifery&sr=8-1) as it talked physiology, normal process, importance of mindset and half the book is stories of successful natural births and techniques.

GL and congrats again!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Awesome thank you for the feedback very much appreciate! And thank you overall!!

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leonine6 4 points ago +4 / -0

So happy for you!! Best wishes!! All I have to offer, really but good on you for taking matters into your own hands. Take this time to investigate the whole subject of childhood vaccines and hunt up a good pediatrician.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Will do for sure, thank you!!

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popoe 4 points ago +4 / -0

Congratulations! I highly recommend the book "The Expectant Father". I have the 4th edition. It preps you in all ways of the changes to come. It also has a very good section of the most beneficial kinds of foods, how to choose which produce is worthwhile to buy organic, and other tricks for digestion and food intake. I don't really have a good source for store bought vitamins. I have noticed that most prenatal vitamins are severely lacking in Vitamin C for some reason. Maybe they plan for the mother to also take her own, and the prenatal is a supplement to that? In any rate, go to the store and compare the percentage offerings of vitamins in 5 or more different prenatal brands and come to your own consensus on which one offers the best overall product. The rule should still be that fresh, good food is far better than eating a gummy vitamin or anything like that.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Good deal and that's what I was leaning towards, just very healthy complete meals. Appreciate the feedback,, thank yoh!!

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popoe 3 points ago +3 / -0

Pay attention to any abnormal swing in anything for her. Things like blood pressure can change and you need to know what normal is first before you can compare.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

I will be sure to do that, thanks!

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sue4Q 4 points ago +4 / -0

Congratulations! Suggest lots of natural grapefruit juice for immunity and also a great anti- parasitic (quinine). I craved banana peppers(pepperacinis) in the worst way! Gave me heartburn, so I drank lots of ice water. Get some sun, relax and enjoy the blessing!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

:) thank you!

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popoe 2 points ago +2 / -0

Grapefruit juice is one of the worst triggers for heartburn!

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Sodium_miner 4 points ago +4 / -0

I wish I could add something helpful but I can’t. Congratulations thou and I don’t think it’s off topic. It has always been about the children…….

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Appreciate the comment and that's very true! Thanks!!

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AwakeJesusisComing21 4 points ago +4 / -0

Good for you, congratulations.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Thank you and love the name 😀

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KewMan 4 points ago +4 / -0

Which ever prenatal you use, make sure the B12 is the methyl version... Not the cyano (cyanide) version. True story.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Wow I will be on the look out for sure, thanks!

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KewMan 3 points ago +3 / -0

Most people have no idea how poisoned supplements have become.

Avoid maltodextrin as well. It destroys gut bacteria.

Research every ingredient.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Will do thank you!

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NoNameJames 4 points ago +4 / -0

Don’t let that baby out of your sight. They will force vax.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Hell no! I am sticking by its side the whole time.

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weaponizedgravy 2 points ago +2 / -0

First, congratulations!! Babies ARE awesome! Second, ^^GOOD! Glad to hear you've already decided that once that baby sees daylight he/she is yours. If you plan on birthing in a hospital, have a game plan and person "on deck" to be mom's patient advocate should something, God forbid, go wrong. The last thing you want is to have to decide if you are baby's advocate or mom's mid-emergency.

Options outside of a hospital birth include home birth with midwife and, if available in your area, stand alone birthing center. All worth looking into. Whatever route you take for birthing location, GET A DOULA!!! GET A DOULA! GET A DOULA! I balked at this with my first (as did my sister) and the result was a fancy expensive c-section (for both of us).

I have been working with a naturopathic doc since I found out was pregnant with my rainbow baby (almost 5 yrs ago). She helped me line up a bunch of great supplements. I completely second Garden of Life and Rainbow Light (prenatals). Nordic Naturals has very clean fish oils. Unless you make your own, BareBones makes a great beef bone broth (i like the instant packets they sell).

Don't underestimate the power of quality prenatal (even lifelong if you find a good one) chiropractic care. And try to line up a crainosacral therapist for baby postpartum. At least for a halfdozen appts or so. A CST will basically undo any strained or bound up muscles and ligaments that baby gets the last few months. Makes EVERYTHING easier for baby. And it'll blow your mind watching how relieved and relaxed baby gets!

(just reading a comment below, Ina May Gaskin, Preach! She's so foofy and granola but her work takes the "medical" out of childbirth and normalizes it again. Childbirth SHOULDN'T be like you see on tv.)

After all that, Good luck Dad!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you for all of the great advice! I will be rereading this thread quite often as there is a ton of info. I am appreciate you taking the time to put together a very informative response. Thank you again, you all are amazing people and I hope one day we live in a world where we don't have to worry about the people in charge of our health, putting our health in danger!

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ObviousStatementMan 4 points ago +4 / -0

Prenatals are good - find a very highly rated brand, limited process junk, but more importantly, focus on the mom's sleep and health. Make sure she's eating what she WANTS to eat. (One of our kids she couldn't get enough fruits and veggies... another kids she couldn't eat enough meat). She'll know what she wants. Mix it up as much as you can and keep it clean/healthy. High in fruits/veggies if she can stomach it, but don't forget about super foods (Chia seeds, eggs, leafy greens, chicken, salmon, asparagus)....

Get the exercise in. Nothing crazy. Just go on walks together. Lots of water and fresh air!

Avoid extreme temps and processed food!

Congrats Anon - we appreciate you too. Thanks for adding another pureblood to the roster!!!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Very good tips and will try to follow as best as we can. I appreciate the time you have taken to respond, and I will keep adding them God permitting 😀

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Vampyregod 3 points ago +3 / -0

Dude, find a midwife, dont use a doctor.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

I think this is the route we are taking, thank you for the response!!!

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Sunnywindows 3 points ago +3 / -0

Congratulations! You are obviously a caring dad, and that’s worth gold to your kids.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

That means alot, thank you!

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5Solas 3 points ago +3 / -0

Healthy diet, if taking a vitamin which I always did and still do, just make sure it has methylated folate. I use PURE therapeutics I think it's called. Not a true prenatal but has everything you need.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Thank you!!!

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Mpower88 3 points ago +3 / -0

Read the book “To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” if you’re thinking of letting them give your lil pede ANY shots. Goes shot by shot and has lots of references. It’s an eye opener.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

No vaccines at all is the plan! However, thank you for the literterature I will read it for sure. My wife is pilled, but her cucked family still has an ear. She will listen to me but I would rather her realize it for herself.

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Mpower88 3 points ago +3 / -0

Great to hear. My kids are semi-Vaxxed, for the childhood stuff, but after reading the book, I regret ever letting them get any jabs. Wishing you the best with your parenthood journey.

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mwoley63 3 points ago +3 / -0

Do not discount her blood type and ethnicity when selecting supplements, also a healthy diet, exercise (no running but swimming is great) and healthy sleep patterns are highly recommended.

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parag0n 3 points ago +3 / -0

Pink Stork - my wife, who just delivered our son 3 weeks ago took Pink Stork prenatals. They apparently pray over every bottle and they send free samples of herbal teas and stuff that they pray over as well.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Congrats!!! And I will check them out thank you!

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Fuhqreddit 3 points ago +3 / -0

Congratulations brother, now you have 3-4 years to prepare for homeschooling. Or they'll force 30- 40 other unnecessary vaccines into them.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Oh yeah home schooling all the way. Thank you!!

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MyKidsWouldBAppalled 3 points ago +3 / -0

Prenatal supplements are truly essential. HOWEVER- I prefer "health food store" type OTC brands to Rx pharmaceutical brands. They will have very similar dosage of each essential nutrient in more readily absorbable forms. The reason I went "off the reservation" looking for an alternative 20 years ago for baby #4- who is now a freshman in college- was because the truckload of IRON in the Rx prenatal was really really constipating- which is an unnecessary discomfort to endure.
MegaFoods and NewChapter are two brands I trust from online vendors or local brick & mortar.
Also, working with a midwife for a homebirth can be a beautiful alternative if their are no apparent high risk factors. Pregnancy is not a disease to be cured. It is a human life process and experience to be nurtured and enjoyed. All the best!

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Ariel125 3 points ago +3 / -0

I like Olly prenatal gummies. They are easy to digest and don’t give me sugar cravings like other gummies do.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thanks for the input!!!

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defroach84 3 points ago +3 / -0

In addition to the other great advice in here be sure to help her avoid large amounts of stress during pregnancy. Make sure there is time for regular exercise through all phases of her pregnancy. Evaluate your bedroom and home to optimize for deep and restful sleep every night. Research and be aware of hormone altering plastics and various non-stick coatings used in your kitchenware which end up in the human bloodstream over time via repeated exposure. Best to eliminate as many as you can from your kitchen and replace with glass, metal and American made cast iron cookware if you can afford it. Lastly when cooking her food try to avoid microwaving it as it lowers nutritional content in many, but not all, instances. Also try to shift away from harsh chemical products used in your home whether they are for cleaning, pest control or whatever. Kids touch all kinds of surfaces and put their hands into their mouths. You don't want to clean those surfaces with toxic stuff. Don't make yourself crazy trying to do it all in a single day or single week. Go room by room and do your research then make changes you can both agree on. Congratulations and best wishes! Lots of advice in here which we plan to use to avoid any hospital visits including during the birth. Hospitals can boot you out if you disagree with them and hold the baby hostage. Not worth going to one unless it's a special high risk pregnancy or something like that.

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you very much for the thoughtful response. I will try my best to make things as good for her as possible, and we are thinking about going the at home route. Thank you fren!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thanks for the info, will look into for sure. I definitely have plenty of homework that is for sure :). Appreciate it!

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Callmejuls 3 points ago +3 / -0

May God bless and protect you and your new little one. Go with naturpathic doctors if possible and purchase natural vitamins and herbs whenever possible from health food stores. Also whenever possible grow your own medicinal herbs and plants of all kinds

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 3 points ago +3 / -0

Ty!!

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Puppetmasters 3 points ago +3 / -0

Lately I have been listening to some podcasts in Dutch. I've heard multiple women who gave birth naturally at home. They said that the whole process went instinctively, like knowing how to lie and when to push without a doctor telling you to. All of them said it felt empowering afterwards, like a primal instinct kicking in. Meaning they started their motherhood full of confidence, having delivered the baby on their own strength.

We give away too much responsibility to doctors and forget to let the process run it's natural cause. Do the delivery somewhere that's familiar and safe for ur wife. Be wary of doctors wanting to inject your baby and keeping its placenta for medicine production. Apparently it's bad to cut the umbilical cord before it's had the chance to give all the blood it's supposed to to the baby, it will turn white when it's empty.

I'm no expert, but this is what i've heard from women who gave birth outside of the medical system. I wish you luck and hope this helped you a little :)

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Thank you very much! I am hoping that we are able to do it at home, but either way I will be watching things very closely. Thank you!

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noidolsleft 2 points ago +2 / -0

Tangy Tangerine vitamin drink.

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Truth4Freedom 2 points ago +2 / -0

There is so much to say here, but a couple things I've learned in my journey - if your wife has MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) genetic mutation (around 50% of the population has this), her body lacks the enzyme to convert folic acid to folate, so it's best to avoid vitamins and supplements that contain folic acid (make sure the label says "folate" instead). Please note most fortified breads and grains also contain folic acid. Agree with the comment above - find a naturopathic doctor who can run a blood panel on her to find nutrient deficiencies, and also test for the MTHFR mutation. Regarding prenatal vitamins, she doesn't want to be supplementing for things she doesn't need, as too much of certain nutrients can be detrimental. I prefer whole food supplements, or best to get all your nutrition through food vs supplements since the body will process them better. If she's not yet pregnant, it would help to do a round of detoxing first which will remove heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, and other toxic substances from the body (there are several great resources I can send you on this if you're interested). If she's already pregnant, definitely don't start detoxing until after the baby stops breastfeeding. Just continue to support a healthy lifestyle through whole food nutrition and supplementation. Encourage her to find natural health like-minded groups to join in person and online, I've learned so much about my health this way. And praying you are blessed beyond measure with the baby on the way!

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PopcornTastesGood [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you very much, appreciate all the good info!!!

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NeedMoarPillows 1 point ago +2 / -1

Make sure you take home the placenta and cord, they harvest cord blood for evil ass experiments