Many people don’t know this, but going back thousands of years in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine practice there has always been a specific plan for pre, peri, and postnatal care.
The prenatal plan focuses on preparing the woman’s body for conception through a healthy diet and detoxification. Next, the perinatal prescription consists of healthy living, healthy eating, and other recommendations for child development during pregnancy. Finally, detailed postnatal recommendations are given to ensure the mother begins to rebuild her vital reserves and have enough nutrients for her young baby.
Since these are all crucial periods to optimize health and nutrition, both for mother and baby, it only makes sense to follow a specific protocol during prenatal, perinatal and postnatal. Research has shown that healthy pregnancies begin with good nutrition during preconception. Furthermore, overall nutritional needs increase during pregnancy and after (during breastfeeding) as well, making supplementation essential. (6,7)
However, due to a busy lifestyle, or common pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, nausea and food aversion, it can be difficult to get all of the vitamins and minerals necessary on a daily basis to support mother and baby during these critical periods.
Doctor of Naturopathy and Functional Medicine Practitioner, Stephen Cabral created Equilibrium Nutrition’s Prenatal Protocol to be a comprehensive, hypoallergenic prenatal multivitamin and mineral protocol to support each phase of pregnancy from pre-conception through postpartum. This is the exact prenatal package that Dr. Cabral recommends to his private practice and his own family.
PRENATAL PROTOCOL BENEFITS
- Supports a Healthy Metabolism
- Promotes Healthy Folate and Iron Levels
- Provides 100% of Essential Daily Vitamins
- Includes Nutrients Needed for Proper Fetal Development
- Minimizes Free Radical Damage
- Supports Healthy Lactation
- Promotes Optimal Nutrient Composition of Breast Milk
- (2) Daily Nutritional Support (DNS)
- (1) Bottle of Activated Folate
- (1) Bottle of Iron Response
- (1) Daily Fruit & Vegetable Blend (DFVB)
- (1) Daily Probiotic
- (1) Daily Omega
Daily Nutritional Support (DNS)
Prenatal vitamins can often be big, bulky, and hard-to-swallow. However, we all know they are necessary to ensure that you are meeting all of the nutritional needs during the preconception, pregnancy and postnatal periods. While it’s well known that your vitamin and mineral needs are on the rise during these times, you also want to make sure that you are increasing your water, fiber, antioxidants, electrolytes and more—that’s where many other prenatal vitamins miss the mark.
To make taking your daily prenatal supplements much easier, our Daily Nutritional Support (DNS) was created by Dr. Stephen Cabral to be a "One Stop Shop" when it comes to getting your multi-vitamin, mineral, electrolyte energy blend, antioxidant, and detox support formulas. Our DNS consists of 12 different nutritional supplements in one, and at a fraction of the price! It mixes easily with water, nut milk, or as part of a smoothie, and can be enjoyed on-the-go or any time of the day. Plus, it includes 15g of vegan protein from hypoallergenic rice & pea in order to make it a complete meal.
It is recommended that women take folate when planning to become pregnant because folate needs are high around the time of conception. Folate is also essential during early pregnancy as well. Folic acid is also sometimes referred to as methylfolate, methylated folate, methyl folate, or folic acid. (5)
This protocol includes our Activated Folate which contains methylated folate, the most biologically active form of folic acid, to meet increased requirements for fetal nervous system development without the risk of MTHFR genetic absorption issues. (8)
Iron is critical for energy and oxygen delivery to a developing baby and pregnant women are at increased risk of being low in iron and becoming anemic. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine iron supplementation during pregnancy, however, many forms of iron cause constipation and gastrointestinal discomfort. (1) Harsh synthetic iron supplements can also cause free radical damage from oxidation in the body.
Iron Response™ delivers a gentle and effective, food-based 26 mg of FoodState® Iron per serving. It was shown in an 8-week clinical trial to increase iron levels in patients with low iron without causing nausea or constipation. (3)
Daily Fruit & Vegetable Blend
It’s no secret that a well balanced healthy diet is recommended during pregnancy for mother and child. More specifically, a mother’s diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding is critical for a baby’s development and growth. In order to get all of the nutrients you need, you must eat a variety of healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women aim to have at least 2-4 servings of fruit and 4 or more servings of vegetables daily. (4)
Our Daily Fruit & Vegetable Blend will help you add 22 organic fruits, vegetables & superfoods to your diet every day. It mixes easily in water, nut milk or a smoothie and contains no fillers or bulking agents, legumes, alfalfa, corn, gluten, fructose or artificial sweeteners!
Daily Probiotic Support
There are a multitude of benefits from taking probiotics during pregnancy. Namely, research has shown that taking probiotics during pregnancy could lower a woman’s risk of pregnancy complications such as preterm birth and preeclampsia. Additionally, probiotics can help regulate your digestive system and aid in pregnancy symptoms such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea. (7)
Our Daily Probiotic Support contains 50 Billion live probiotics per serving, is dairy-free, contains no histamines, and is perfect for those who’ve experienced sensitive gut issues. Plus, it is time released in a specially formulated capsule to survive your stomach acid.
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that must be consumed in the diet or through supplementation. Intake of omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy is critical for the development of the fetal brain and retina. Our Omega-3 Support is the leading high-quality fish oil in the industry - coming from wild caught fish only. Each softgel contains an unprecedented 1,035 mg of omega-3 fatty acids per softgel, making it an ideal choice for therapeutic dosing. Plus, it contains the triglyceride (TG) form for better absorption and bioavailability than regular synthetic fish oils
During this life-changing time filled with lots of questions and firsts you want one less thing to worry about -- plus you want a prenatal vitamin that checks off all of the boxes. While the options for prenatal supplements can be overwhelming, you can rest assured with our Complete Prenatal Protocol. It’s a trusted choice that prepares your body for pregnancy and supports your baby’s development with the highest quality, well-researched and tested supplements available—because not all supplements are created equal.
Not only will you feel confident that you are nourishing your body and baby with everything you both need, but you will also enjoy the flexibility of how easily our protocol fits into your daily routine at any time of day and even on-the-go. What’s more you can have it delivered right to your door each month for convenience and peace of mind with our subscription service.
* This package also includes Dr. Cabral's recommended supplement dosage and timing, as well as a healthy low Mercury card to watch out for when eating fish.
DOES NOT CONTAIN
Wheat, gluten, soy, animal or dairy products, GMOs, artificial fillers or additives.
Consult your healthcare professional prior to using this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication(s) or have a medical condition.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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