The moment I found out I was pregnant, the first thing I thought (other than initial shock and excitment) was “Sh*t. I need to find a prenatal supplement like NOW.”
Then more questions kept overflowing in my brain. Should I have been taking a prenatal supplement this entire year? Which prenatal supplement is the best? IS there a supplement good enough for my extra picky needs?
We all know that taking a prenatal supplement is important for filling nutritional gaps, promoting optimal fetal development, and supporting your overall health during pregnancy. But the truth is this: not all prenatal supplements are created equal, and most of them contain a lot of unnecessary crap in them.
With a million prenatal supplements on the market, they all tend to vary drastically in quality. Tons of over-the-counter brands contain inferior ingredients such as synthetic vitamins and mineral salts, and its hard to tell whether these supplements are actually bioavailable.
Knowing all of this, I went on a mission to find the best quality supplements that delivered everything I needed for me and my baby’s health. I wanted to make sure my supplements were high quality with reputable sourcing, free of heavy metals and additives, and most importantly, bioavailable.
With the help of friends, doctors, my midwives and some amazing brands, I’ve done my research and have found my perfect prenatal supplement stack that hits all my personal requirements. And lucky enough, I was taking. many of these supplements prior to conception.
To most people reading this, this lineup of supplements may seem like A LOT. And sure, its a lot easier to take 1-2 generic prenatal pills and call it a day. But as someone who has been taking many of these supplements before pregnancy, I can attest to how good they make me feel – and I’m pretty sure they contributed to our easy conception. And when it comes down to it, I’ll do everything I can now to help the chances of a healthy baby.
Here’s a breakdown of all the supplements I’m taking in my animal-based prenatal supplement stack, and what each one is specifically good for.
Heart & Soil Fire Starter
Choline, vitamins A, D, E, and K, and Thiamin
One of the supplements in the Heart & Soil prenatal stack. Stearic acid (beef kidney fat) plays a vital role in enhancing the body’s absorption of essential nutrients, including fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are crucial for various bodily functions, such as maintaining healthy skin, promoting bone health, and supporting the immune system.
I take 6 of these daily.
Heart & Soil Mood Memory Brain
Phosphatidylserine, BDNF, DHA/EPA, Choline, Folate, Riboflavin, B12, B2, B5, Selenium, Copper
This supplement from H&S contains grass-fed & finished brain (including the cortex, hypothalamus, pituitary, and pineal gland), bone marrow, and liver. It’s part of their recommended “prenatal stack” for good reason – its PACKED with critical nutrients and peptides to provide healthy growth for baby. I take 6 of these daily, either morning or night.
I take 6 of these daily.
Heart & Soil Beef Organs
Vitamins A, D, E, K2, Copper, Biotin, CoQ10, Lipase, Protease, Amylase, Riboflavin, Folate, B12, Choline, Anserine, Carnosine, Taurine, L-carnitine, Heme Iron, Selenium + more.
This supplement contains grass-fed & finished liver, heart, pancreas, spleen, and kidney. I’ve been taking these as my “multivitamin” for years now and continue to take it during pregnancy (its also in their recommended prenatal stack.)
I take 6 of these daily.
Ancestral Supplements Wild Caught Fish Eggs
Vitamins A, D, E, and K2, DHA, EPA, and ETA
*Being brutally honest here – these have been exceptionally hard for me to take down. The smell is pretty bad and the fishy burp-ups did NOT pair well with my nausea. I’ve been forcing them down knowing its helping me and baby, although I’m figuring out if the DHA in Heart & Soil’s Mood Memory Brain is sufficient enough. *stay tuned*
I take 4 of these daily.
This specific probiotic was recommended by my midwife. I wasn’t on a probiotic prior to pregnancy and I’m feeling fantastic on this so far. This probiotic provides a blend of both spore-forming and non-spore-forming probiotic strains (26 billion CFU per dose) that are clinically proven to support both mom and baby’s microbiomes.
I take 2 of these daily.
Moon Juice Magnesi-Om
Magnesium Chelate Blend (Gluconate, Acetyl Taurinate and Citrate), L-theanine
This magnesium drink is delicious (I have the blue lemon flavor) and has been a nice addition to my nighttime ritual. Not only is magnesium crucial for a growing baby, it helps me fall asleep much faster these days.
I take one serving of this nightly.
Ion Gut Support
This has been my #1 gut support supplement since I started my Lyme disease protocol years ago. I’ve been taking Ion for nearly 8 years now to support the integrity of my gut lining. I’m planning on continuing to take this throughout my pregnancy, postpartum and even give it to my baby.
I take this daily before breakfast.
Vitamin D and K2 are needed for healthy fetal development, specifically bones and teeth. I love these drops because they’re so easy to take (just two drops in my water) and it’s virtually tasteless. This is a supplement I’ll continue to take and give to my baby as well.
I take 2 drops in my water daily.
This product has been a favorite in our household for quite some time now, and I’ve found it extremely beneficial during my pregnancy. I’ll take a scoop of this unflavored electrolyte mix with water and take my vitamins down with it. They also have single-serving sticks that I love to take with me while traveling.
I take one scoop of this daily.
The Full Breakdown
Heart & Soil Fire Starter: 6 pills/day (code THEHIVE)
Mood Memory Brain: 6 pills/day (code THEHIVE)
Heart & Soil Beef Organs: 6 pills / day (code THEHIVE)
Desiccated Oysters: 2 pills/ day
Ancestral Supplements Fish Eggs: 4 pills / day
Needed Probiotic: 2 pills / day
Moon Juice Magnesi-Om: 1 serving / night
ION Gut Support: 1 serving /day
Thorne D+K2: 2 drops in water / day
Redmond Re-Lyte: 1 serving / day
Meet Liz, the founder of The Hive. When she’s not working on the site, you’ll find her either cooking some steak, taking a bike ride or playing with her pup, Ziggy.