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Vegetarian Pregnancy Vitamins
NikGonMad
ID#: 125440
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10:17:56 PM on 24-06-2008
Hi All

Am planning a pregnancy for later this year and am wanting to start building up on foliate and all the other vital nutrients for bub, but the only pregnancy supplements I can find at the health food store contain fish oil.  Can anyone suggest a brand of vegetarian pregnancy vitamins?

Thanks

Nik
--(< PJ >)--
ID#: 125491
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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7:11:48 PM on 25-06-2008
Hi NikGonMad,

VV magazine just did an epic article going in-depth into pregnancy nutrition - both good eating habits and also the recommended daily intake (via specified foods and/or suppliments) during different times (prior to prego, first trimester etc).  You might find it of interest.

It's on page 41 of the current edition (No. 34).  It doesn't suggest brands (which makes me respect it even more!), but it looks to be a good guide.  You can buy it at organic shops (like the Green Grocer in West End) or via http://www.veganic.net/currentissue.htm

Here's a book you may find handy, if you don't already have it:
http://www.vegsoc.org.au/resources_details.asp?ID=476

Also, these guys have a mind boggling array of multi-v etc options that are designed for veggie folk, but you might be able to find local alternative suppliers: http://www.veganessentials.com/

Hope this helps,
PJ
NikGonMad
ID#: 125497
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7:48:23 PM on 25-06-2008
PJ

Thanks for the info.  Will check out the book and mag.



Nik
NikGonMad
ID#: 125548
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6:24:18 PM on 26-06-2008
Have been told on a natural parenting and homebirth site that elivit is vegetarian. I really don't think it is but I have contacted the company and am awaiting their reply , hopefully tomorrow. Will let you know how it goes.

Nik
--(< PJ >)--
ID#: 125550
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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6:54:31 PM on 26-06-2008
Coolies.  

*** Heya folks!  Anyone else out there got some ideas for NikGonMad?  ***

I'm sure there's much more handy stuff that I don't know to post!!! :o)
NikGonMad
ID#: 125558
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8:31:53 PM on 26-06-2008
Well they got back to me sooner than I thought they would.  Unfortunately it's not vegetarian.

I've looked up suppliers for the Deva brand...there is only one suppler in Australia...and they charge twice what it would cost me to order it from one of the american stores.  (That's just plain crazy in my book.)

Obviously if push comes to shove I will order from america...but I would prefer to buy local if I can.

Any other ideas?

Oh...and has anyone used this one before?  Deva I mean. :)

Thanks for your help everyone.

Nik

Dark Horse
Moderator

ID#: 125561
Vegetarian and Vegan Society of Queensland member
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11:14:34 PM on 26-06-2008
Hello NikGonMad and welcome to the Forum.  There is information for pregnancy and after baby has arrived in our Information Pack and also a series of four nutrition articles starting with Before and During Pregnancy in our magazine Natural Health and Vegetarian Life.  If you would like the pack and the 4 magazines, contact the office.  Details on the front page of the website.  Hope to hear from you.
Kris_2
ID#: 125567
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9:39:42 AM on 27-06-2008
I don't know of one unfortunately. I kind of got guilted into using Elevit but I knew it wasn't because the EFAs come from fish grrr.
Fox Family
ID#: 125568
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9:42:13 AM on 27-06-2008
Hi there, during my pregnancy I took spirulina and my check ups and blood tests throughout my preganancy were all fine. You may need to take individual vitamins rather than a multivitamin for your folate etc. I am not sure where you live but if you are anywhere near Lutwyche there is a lovely vegetarian couple who are vegetarian naturopaths who work in the health section of the Terry White chemist at Lutwyche  shopping centre at lutwyche.
They were very helpful with giving me advice throughout my pregnancy.You can call the chemist if you are too far away to go there and just ask for some advice. Hope this helps
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