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Over the years I’ve certainly seen my fair share of pregnancy multivitamins in my kitchen cupboards. That’s where I keep them. Above the jug and next to the tea and coffee so I don’t forget to take them each day. And I switched to Blackmores Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Gold when I was pregnant with twins on the advice of a nutritionist that I was seeing to make sure I was eating enough for two. Sounds like a fun problem doesn’t it? Except when you have 2 babies squashed into your tummy and can’t eat as much as you’d like to.
I tend to start to taking pregnancy multivitamins early on the advice of my doctor. As a newlywed back in 2004 I had to see a Dr as we had been trying unsuccessfully to fall pregnant. He gave me some great advice in conjunction to his treatment and one of them was to start taking a multivitamin for conception/pregnancy. I hadn’t been and the other advice was to switch to iodised salt as our diets are low in iodine but babies need it for healthy development.
Over the years I’ve gone on to have a few babies (as you’ve probably noticed) and I haven’t always been on the multivitamins before I’ve found out that I was pregnant but as soon as I find out it’s one of the first things I do. If you’re trying to get pregnant then you can take a multivitamin like Blackmores Conceive Well Gold which gives your body the essential nutrients it needs for healthy conception and pregnancy. And if you’re pregnant and feeling a bit nauseous then my tip is to take your multivitamin before bed as you are going to sleep anyway and shouldn’t feel sick. Well that’s how it works for me. And don’t drink too much water. I just do a half glass.
Some of you have probably read that I’m pregnant with number 6. I unfortunately had 2 miscarriages before this pregnancy and one was just the month before I fell pregnant. So I actually stayed on the multivitamins for that month because I know I have a busy life, don’t always eat the right things and don’t take any other supplements and I kind of hoped that it was going to happen soon.
And if you’re trying to get pregnant have a talk to your GP or specialist and ask what they recommend. And my advice is always to have your health in great condition if you’re trying for a baby. Stay off the alcohol, watch your caffeine, eat a balanced diet, get some exercise (my exercise is chasing kids and climbing stairs these days) and look after yourself. Not just physically but the emotions. Try to keep up your regular activities and focus on the things that are going well in your life. I like to keep busy to keep my mind on other things and not worry too much. I also like to have a friend or two that I can talk to who I know won’t tell the world and who listen when I need it. And of course there is always my knitting.
Blackmores have a new website, Mums Like You which is full of information to help you. I signed up and you can join whether you’re trying for a baby, pregnant, breastfeeding or just interested to find out more. I might have 5 children but I still finding myself asking questions like can I eat that food or is that an early pregnancy sign?
Got a question or some advice for people trying to get pregnant? I’d love to hear it……………………and as a special little prize Blackmores are giving away a Mums Prize Pack full of goodies valued at $167. All you need to do is tell me whether you’re regular with taking your vitamins or perhaps you have your own trick to help you remember? Full terms of my giveaways are here and entries close 4th March 2014.