Best Supplements and Vitamins for Mum
In this best supplements and vitamins for mum comparison, you can find out what the Tell Me Baby community thinks are the top supplements and vitamins for mum on the market.
Supplements and vitamins for mum comparison chart
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|BRAND||PRODUCT NAME||IMAGE||RRP||STAR RATING||NUMBER OF REVIEWS||REVIEW EXAMPLE|
|Life-Space||Life-Space Probiotic for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding||$41.99||4.6||13||"I saw this brand at the baby expo and was keen to try it as I wanted to take a probiotic after being on antibiotics during the labour and I wanted an easy way to pass on the good bacteria to baby through breastfeeding. I love how each tablet contains 23 billion colony forming units of good bacteria, are easy to swallow and doesn't require refrigeration. The bottle contains 60 capsules and you just have to take 1 tablet each day."|
|Elevit||Elevit Breastfeeding||$38.95||4.4||35||"Elevit breastfeeding is such a great product make me so confident that my baby get what he need. My doctor recommended to me to continue take it. It is bit pricey tho but i will do anything to make my bubba healthy and happy so it is worth the money yay."|
|Crampeze||Crampeze Pregnancy Leg Cramps||$19.95||4.3||13||"These tablets become a lifesaver in the later stages of my pregnancy when the leg cramp were sometime really unbearable I would wake in the middle of the night crying because of the pain. I noticed a huge improvement about 10 mins after taking these Crampeze tablets. I now recommend this brand to mums to be suffering from cramps."|
|Blackmores||Blackmores Pregnancy Iron||$7.95||4.3||11||"My sister used these iron tablets throughout her pregnancy as he OB told her that her iron levels where quite low. She took these in conjunction with Elevit tablets and it changed her levels quite quickly. She was very relieved that it was as simple as popping one of these a day."|
|Blackmores||Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-Feeding Gold||$64.99||4.2||73||"This multivitamin was amazing for me through pregnancy and postpartum. I had been using another which made me extremely sick. As blackmores is 2 tablets, it can be taken morning and night to allow your body to absorb everything easier. Highly recommend, especially for those suffering morning sickness or feeling sick on other brands."|
|Elevit||Elevit Pregnancy Multivitamin||$64.99||4.1||77||"Yes elevit is expensive but can you put a price on knowing you’re giving your baby the best start in utero? No. A box lasts a few months so in the scheme of it, it’s not that much. Has a lot of iron which can sometimes catch up with you so I went to taking it every two days in the third trimester."|
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About supplements and vitamins for mum
We recommend you take the advice of your GP as we are not medical professionals.
Us mums are not exactly known for taking care of ourselves. We tend to run around after everyone else, meeting everyone else’s needs, and forget to prioritise our own health and wellbeing.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given as a mother is simple: “Put on your own oxygen mask first.” That means you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anyone else.
Ideally, we would get all our essential nutrients from eating a full and balanced diet. However between morning sickness (ie all day sickness!) and food aversions during pregnant, and then general busyness of life after baby is born, sometimes that’s just not possible.
Which might mean looking at supplements and vitamins for mums, and working out if they’re right for you.
Folate/folic acid (vitamin B9)
Folate is so important and an essential nutrient. Firstly, folate and folic acid are two different forms of vitamin B9. Folate is naturally occurring and folic acid is a synthetic form of folate. (The terms folate and folic acid are often used interchangeably, so we thought we’d just clear up that little confusion.)
The reason this particular essential nutrient is so important is because low levels of vitamin B9 have been linked to birth abnormalities. That’s why it’s recommended to take a folate/folic acid supplement as soon as you start trying to conceive or even for a few months before, because during those first few formative weeks you may not be aware that you’re pregnant.
You don’t have to take folate/folic acid on it’s own. Pregnancy multivitamins should contain folate/folic acid, as well as other essential nutrients – it’s worth checking the packaging just to be sure. Pregnancy multivitamins come in various forms, including tablets, chewables, powders and liquids (this is handy especially if your pregnancy has given you an excessively sensitive gag reflex – it’s no good swallowing a tablet only to bring it back up two seconds later).
Supplements and vitamins for pregnancy
There are also other supplements and vitamins for pregnant mums that can be really helpful to your overall health. There are supplements that can help with painful cramping that can occur during pregnancy – these supplements often contain ingredients like magnesium and potassium. Some supplements claim to help with morning sickness, and others are supposed to help prepare you for labour, such as product containing raspberry leaf.
Be aware if you’re already taking any other multivitamins to check that you’re not double dosing on anything – overdosing, even on essential nutrients, can potentially be harmful. If you’re unsure, check with your doctor or another healthcare professional.
There are many different types of supplements and vitamins for breastfeeding. Some are in the form of breastfeeding multivitamins, while others are specific vitamins and supplements recommended for breastfeeding.
Otherwise, there are various natural supplements and foods that are often recommended to boost milk supply. These substances are called galacologues, meaning they promote lactation. These breastfeeding supplements often contain ingredients like fenugreek, flax seed, brewer’s yeast, fennel seeds and even oats. They come in all sorts of forms from tablets and powders to lactation cookies. While these products may help, if you do have any concerns at all about your milk supply it’s best to talk to your midwife, child’s health nurse or a lactation consultant as soon as possible.
Other supplements and vitamins for mums
Other supplements and vitamins for mums include probiotics, which can help with gut health. Various types of herbal remedies, such as teas, can also help settle morning sickness.
There are also single nutrient supplements for mums who may have been diagnosed by their doctor with certain deficiencies, for example iodine or iron.
However, as with anything regarding your health, it’s always best to consult a healthcare professional to work out what vitamins and supplements are right for you.