It’s been a long-standing debate in the medical community; should you or shouldn’t you use supplements to boost your health and improve your immune system?
Short answer: unless you have a specific reason, you don’t need to use supplements at all.
According to a poll conducted by the American Osteopathic Association, out of the 86 percent of Americans who do take vitamins and supplements, only 21 percent have a diagnosed deficiency.
Those who do take supplements (and actually benefit from them) include people on specific diets due to a mitigating condition like having celiac disease, and of course, pregnant women!
And the latter population is who we want to focus on today!
Taking Supplements Pre- and During Pregnancy
Prenatal vitamins and supplements are a part of every woman’s healthcare routine, at least for those who are trying to or are pregnant.
However, there is still some concern regarding the efficacy of these products.
According to a review in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, most women who want to get pregnant don’t need complex multivitamins and minerals to begin with. The review argues that aside from folic acid and vitamin D supplements, other supplements are uselessly being marketed to pregnant women and are causing more harm than good.
In response, the supplement industry has condemned the study, calling it unhelpful and confusing for pregnant women.
So which one do you choose? Do you take supplements, just to be sure? Or do you manage your own medicinal regime?
The Reality of the Situation
The truth is, while the review was indeed correct that many of the studies on the effects of supplements were conducted on women in low-income communities, this still doesn’t take away from the fact that supplements can actually fill in a lot of blanks.
It’s no secret that our diets are not what they should be. With pregnancy hormones and cravings, paired with easy access to a lot of unhealthy food, women don’t get the healthy nutrients they need so their baby can get stronger. Additionally, according to a report in The Guardian, the average woman in the US who does get pregnant is obese or overweight to begin with, which does not help. Obesity and weight gain can increase the risk of gestational diabetes, postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia.
So in the end, it comes down to a poor diet that not only harms the baby, but also harms the mother. So for those arguing about the ineffectiveness of supplements, the conclusion isn’t as straightforward as they’d think.
Need Some Help?
As a medical professional in who has gone through her own fertility journey, I can be your guide.
Fertility Wisdom & Wellness was founded to provide women with the right sort of emotional and professional support they need during this journey. So if you need a consultation with a life and wellness coach who can guide you the right way, contact me.
Together, we can decide whether you need supplements or just the right diet to correct your nutrition, so you can benefit in long-term!