Prenatal Vitamins: We’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

The benefits of prenatal vitamins for mom and baby

I’m pleased to partner with Nakturnal on this post.

 When I became pregnant with my oldest nearly 17 years ago, the first thing I did after my first doctor’s appointment was run to the pharmacy and get my prescription for prenatal vitamins filled. Taking those rather large horse pills once a day was annoying, yes, but it was a badge of honor that I wore proudly as a mom-to-be. After I gave birth, my doctor suggested that I continuing taking the vitamins as long as I was nursing. Soon thereafter, I became pregnant again…and nursed again…and then become pregnant a third time…and nursed that baby too. In the summer of 2003, I was glad to relinquish the prenatal vitamins because they were a symbol of the past three years of pregnancies. I was happy to finally not be pregnant or nursing or taking vitamins that actually required a prescription. When I returned to work full-time, I stopped taking the vitamins and starting taking a regular multivitamin.

Note: I realize I’m dating myself, but prenatal vitamins did require a prescription way back then when they can now be purchased over-the-counter. To make it  more convenient, you can even purchase prenatal vitamins from Diapers.Com

While I’m sure that the multivitamin served its basic purpose for my postpartum body, I noticed something very quickly. I didn’t have as much energy, I saw more hair breakage than I had seen in several months, and routine blood tests revealed that I needed to take supplements for vitamin d, calcium, and low iron.

After my youngest was born, I ended up taking four vitamins a day compared to the one I was taking when I was pregnant. How ironic.  Continue reading

Dear Janet – Scratch That, Dear Wissam

dear wisdom

If you haven’t already heard, the infamous Jackson clan has revealed that a new cute, cuddly, and probably musically-inclined baby will make it’s debut later this year. Janet Jackson has announced that she is pregnant. This baby will be the first for Janet and her husband of four years, Wissam Al Mana.

Because this is 2016, I don’t need to tell you that the internet is buzzing with questions, concerns, and cautions for the mother-to-be. To be perfectly honest, I’ve had those fleeting thoughts as well, but they eventually left and I pondered an interesting thought that I want to tell Janet, as if we are two old friends meeting for breakfast to celebrate our birthdays together.

It’s not one else’s business when, how, at what age, you should have a baby, period. Continue reading