This post was sponsored by Premama as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
As a busy mom, the first thing that slips down the priority list is taking care of myself. With two kids running around all day, and endless to do lists with the house, the business, and the preschool board, I often find myself second guessing whether or not I remembered to take my vitamins. On bad days, I sometimes even forget to brush my teeth. I know self-care is important, but the reality of my life with Jack making towers of personal hygiene products at my feet while I brush is the reality. Yes, he is now an expert tower maker of anything he can find in the bathroom (shampoo bottles, blush, brushes, you name it–he will stack it!) And then promptly throw it in the toilet 😉
(E and I on top of Mount Acadia, I was 21 weeks pregnant with B and feeling good!)
Understandably, I often forget the little stuff. But, I shouldn’t because prenatal vitamins are so important to take every single day before, during, and after you are pregnant. I have taken prenatal vitamins for the past four and a half years. I take them when we are trying to conceive, when I am pregnant, and while I am nursing. And yes, that has been the bulk of time in the last four and a half years! And that is why I love Premama Products! They are designed to be added to your normal drinks (but do not heat or freeze the supplement). I add it to my smoothies everyday, or sometimes just my glass of water (it doesn’t taste like anything!) They are perfect for women who have trouble swallowing pills, and if you have taken prenatal vitamins before you know that the majority of them are the size of horse pills!
Premama Products contain similar folic acid levels to many prescription prenatal vitamins, and equal, or exceeding most over-the-country brands, PLUS they contain Omega-3 fatty acids and non-constipating iron supplements ONLY found in prescription prenatal multivitamins. So they have you completely covered!
I personally love their Prenatal Vitamin Supplement–I swear it is why my hair is so healthy and thick, even after two pregnancies! And my fingernails and hair grow so fast! Because I don’t need to remember to take something extra, and instead I just add it to whatever I am drinking that day, it is way easier for me to remember. I even keep it downstairs by our coffee cups, so I remember each morning.
(8.5 months pregnant with Jack)
I also love their Digestive Aid. Probiotics are so important all the time, but especially when you are pregnant or trying to conceive. Their digestive aid helps with typical pregnancy digestive problems like bloating, gas, and constipation. But, I love the probiotics–there are 1 billion CFUs and 2g of fiber each chew.
I learned the hard way, when I was nursing B, that taking probiotics is important preventative care. After contracting mastitis while nursing her at 4 months (I did continue to nurse her until 14 months,) my midwife prescribed some antibiotics. Well, I have never been in so much pain. They got rid of the mastitis but wreaked havoc on my stomach. I had to go off them in less than two days, and the effects lasted weeks. They essentially wiped out all the good bacteria in my stomach, so every time I ate I had horrible stomach pains and diarrhea. I was subsisting on three cups of rice a day–the only thing that I could hold down. We didn’t know what was the matter with me. E would come home from work and I would literally hand him the baby and go and curl up and cry in bed holding my stomach.
(me nursing Jack while out in Maine and New Hampshire on my brother-in-law’s boat)
Thankfully, after going to several doctors I was able to figure out that I needed to start taking probiotics AND acid reflux medicine. It did the trick, I eventually weaned myself off the acid reflux medicine after my gut health returned; but, never have I stopped taking my probiotics after that. I now know how very important your gut health is to your overall health, and to try to nurse a baby when you can’t absorb anything is horrible.
(me breastfeeding B on top of Mount Stowe!)
And if you know me, you know how much I am for breastfeeding! I proudly breastfed both my kids to 14-15 months of age and plan to with any subsequent kids. It is something that comes naturally and easily to me, and I don’t take it for granted. I actually have problems with over-supply (which leads to plugged ducts, and mastitis.) But, for any nursing mama, I would recommend taking Premama’s Lactation Aid. It helps boost your supply and provides natural lactation support. Since I am not currently breastfeeding, I gifted some to my friend who is currently nursing twins and she said she loved it and the berry flavor!