Monday, July 7, 2014

Prenatal Cocktail

Since the main thing I craved during my pregnancy was vodka I like to refer to the vitamins I took during pregnancy (and still am taking) as my prenatal cocktail.  Seriously I’m not an alcoholic – in fact I’m not much of a drinker at all, but I craved it during my pregnancy.  Didn’t give in to that craving just in case you’re wondering.  

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I hope you know that you should supplement especially while pregnant since you are growing a person.  That little person inside you is sucking away nutrients therefore you need more!  I chose Shaklee supplements for my pregnancy and swear by them. I had an uneventful pregnancy, pretty easy labor and delivery, a healthy baby, and my recovery was pretty quick too!  I credit this all to Shaklee!

Shaklee’s been around for over 50 years and is the number one natural nutrition company in the USA.  You can read more about the Shaklee difference here.

I am not a doctor but Shaklee has lots of doctors on board and this is what they recommend for pregnancy and my doctor agreed. 

Because the nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation are unique to this stage of a women’s life, we strongly urge all women who are pregnant or nursing to discuss the use of dietary supplements with their obstetrician.

However, along with our general recommendation to eat a healthy, well balanced diet to ensure pregnant and nursing women are meeting their nutritional needs, we also recommend a combination of Shaklee supplements that can be used as alternatives to a standard prenatal vitamin once discussed with the Obstetrician.

 

An excellent “Shaklee alternative” would be:

2 tablets of Vita-Lea with Iron

2 tablets of B complex for the basic prenatal nutrients, in particular folic acid to help prevent neural tube defects

To provide a safe and beneficial amount of omega three fatty acids (ie. DHA):

3 softgel capsules of OmegaGuard per day are recommended to support fetal brain development

It is not uncommon for some pregnant women to need additional:

1 tablet of Iron plus C can be added providing an additional 18 mg of Iron and 60 mg of Vitamin C

And lastly:

Shaklee 180 meal smoothie prepared as directed, and used as part of healthy breakfast or midday snack provides a mother and her growing fetus with an additional 270 calories, 24 grams of high quality protein and 6 grams of fiber.

Although Vitalizer is a comprehensive nutritional foundation for virtually all adults, there are some components that might not generally be considered essential in a standard prenatal nutrition program. In addition, certain nutrients such as folic acid were not included at levels intended to support a pregnant mother and her growing baby. The use of Vitalizer during pregnancy should be discussed with the Obstetrician, who may wish to suggest an addition 1-2 B Complex and Osteomatrix as stated above if approved for you.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant get started with your prenatal “cocktail” today!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

What could be better than 4th of July?  Red, white, & blue, BBQ, fireworks, freedom, and celebrating this beautiful country we call home.  I love 4th of July! 

We did a little photo shoot this afternoon to celebrate, here are a few pictures:

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I think this is my favorite!

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A little spit up … still so cute!

Happy 4th!  Hope you have an amazing day with your family.  Please remember that our freedom is not free – thank a member of the armed forces for your freedom!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Family Date Nights

Going around Facebook this summer is the idea that you only get 18 summers with your kids before they head off to their own lives as adults. The thought is to cherish this time and be present during this time with them.

This has me thinking about focused family time. We have busy, busy lives and it can be hard to get away for extended vacation time in the summer. My husband and I have been making time for lunch dates with just us so we decided it is time to implement family date night too. My logic is that evenings are easier to make happen, not too expensive and we can make them happen more often. So I'm gathering ideas. They need to be fairly local and friendly for a 3 year old. 

Here is my list so far:
Movie night - at the theatre 
Mini Golf
Bowling
Backyard camp out
Fishing
Water Park
Museum/Science place
Zoo
Fairy tale town
County or State Fair

What do you think? What should I add to our list? 

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