preconception vitamins

Anaemia in Early Pregnancy & ADHD

A recent study showed that women diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia in early pregnancy (less than 30 weeks gestation) were more likely to have children with neurodevelopmental disorders.  This included autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and intellectual disability. It is common for women to be diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia at the end of pregnancy.  However,…

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NaturoBest Prenatal Trimester 2 & 3 Plus Breastfeeding

Thyroid Dysfunction & The Risk of Preterm Birth

Association of Thyroid Function Test Abnormalities and Thyroid Autoimmunity with Preterm Birth   This systematic review and meta-analysis investigated links between thyroid dysfunction and the risk of preterm birth. The risk of a preterm birth, defined as less than 37 weeks, was increased for women with subclinical hypothyroidism, positive thyroid (TPO) antibodies and low thyroxine…

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methylfolate

Does Methylfolate Cause Anxiety?

Well, it depends.  Each individual is unique.  I will address some of the issues here which might make a person more susceptible to anxiety from methylfolate.  Otherwise known as 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF).   Overmethylation Although this concept is not yet scientifically proven, overmethylation is a condition that was observed by Bill Walsh when conducting his own…

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Postnatal Depression

Copper and Postnatal Depression

  Is there a link between high copper/low zinc levels and postnatal depression and anxiety? Zinc is one of the most important minerals during pregnancy and breastfeeding.  Aside from the importance of zinc in tissue repair (stretch marks, perineal tears and cracked nipples), evidence over the years has indicated it may be an essential nutrient…

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pregnant woman assessing her thyroid gland Nikki Warren Fertility Naturopath blog

Is my thyroid ok or not?

Feeling fatigued? Poor memory and concentration? Cold hands and feet? Weight gain? Struggling to conceive? These are common symptoms of hypothyroidism or subclinical hypothyroidism. Commonly, a doctor will request a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test. If that is within the normal range of 0.4 - 4.00 mU/L, you are usually told there is nothing wrong. …

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pregnant woman suffering with morning sickness Naturobest

Is your prenatal vitamin making you sick?

In an effort to have the healthiest baby possible, most women will seek prenatal vitamins to support a healthy pregnancy and baby.  But what if your prenatal vitamin is making your morning sickness worse? Is that even possible?  Yes, absolutely. There are certain ingredients in a prenatal multi that often cause women to feel ill.…

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foods high in iron supplements to reach your RDI

Iron in Pregnancy

The recommended daily intake of iron during pregnancy is 27mg.  Something I hear a lot is "oh I like to get my nutrients from food" or "my mum/grandma never took supplements during pregnancy..." Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to get all of our required nutrients from food, especially during pregnancy and the reason for this…

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ginger to combat morning sickness Nikki Warren Fertility Naturopath

Let’s talk about…… Morning sickness

  You’re pregnant, yay!  Congratulations! Here are a few tips to help the first trimester of your pregnancy go as smoothly as possible. Any woman who has suffered from morning sickness knows that it is absolutely debilitating.  It affects a woman's ability to work and has a psychological, emotional and social impact on women and their…

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Iodine deficiency is widespread in Australia and NZ due to deficient soils deficient diet

Iodine in pregnancy

  Iodine deficiency is widespread in Australia and N.Z. due to deficient soils and an iodine deficient diet (compared to other countries where foods like seaweed and fish are eaten on a daily basis). It’s well established that iodine is one of the essential building blocks in pregnancy if you want to optimise your baby’s…

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achieve your vitamin A requirements through diet during pregnancy

Vitamin A in pregnancy

  Most women are probably aware of the link between excessive vitamin A during pregnancy and the risk of birth defects. This is why most prenatal supplements don’t contain vitamin A (often listed on the bottle as retinyl palmitate).  So what most supplement companies do instead is add betacarotene to their supplements because it’s presumably safer. …

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