Category: Vitamin K

Supplementing During Pregnancy

There is so much information out there about what supplements to take during pregnancy and what can help specific concerns. First, I’m a big fan of every mom taking a prenatal. Unless you live on a farm and grow the meat and veggies you eat, then you aren’t getting enough nutrients. Even if you buy organic, nutritional value is lost from farmer to store (or stand) to table.

If you are not a fan of taking 6 large, uncoated pills a day during pregnancy, go for a one a day supplement. Something that covers the basics. Then if you need to add calcium or other supplements, you can. Remember, most prenatals have iron and iron and calcium don’t play nice together, so you will probably need to at least supplement some cal/mag on a daily basis.

Below are some supplement remedies for common concerns during pregnancy.


Body Odor

Liquid chlorophyll daily may help maintain body odor. Plus it’s a great blood builder.

Increase Energy

Yellow Dock root tincture has an energy-balancing effect and can be given to increase vitality if fatigued.

Insomnia

Vitamin B deficiency is associated with waking in middle of the night.

Skullcap tincture directly under the tongue or in hot water.

Can also eat a high protein snack in the middle of the night.

And please keep in mind that as birth approaches your body is preparing you for a new baby by waking you up every few hours.

Stretch Marks

Extra Vitamin E, Vitamin C w/ Bioflavonoids and zinc will help optimize the stretchability of the skin.

You can also try this nightly rub:

Mix the following in a blender, store in the fridge and apply every night

1/2c – virgin olive oil

1/4c – aloe vera

6 caps – vitamin E liquid

4 caps – vitamin A liquid

Take Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids – 2,000 – 4,000 in divided doses

Vitamin K Prep for Baby Before Birth

Boost Vitamin K at 34 weeks

Alfalfa Tea: 1-2 cups/daily or tablets: up to 3 grams/daily

Efficient Labor

All women can begin taking the following at 36 – 40 weeks to encourage an efficient labor

Cimicifuga: 12c, 1 pellet: Monday

Caulophyllum: 12c, 1 pellet: Wednesday

Arnica: 12c, 1 pellet: Friday

Timely and Efficient Labor

All women can begin taking the following at 38-39 weeks to encourage the timely onset of contractions and an efficient labor pattern

Cimicifuga: 30x

Caulophyllum: 30x

Alternating each remedy until a total of 7 daily doses are taken of both. Take this for 14 days and then stop.


Breastfeeding

Bone content can diminish during breastfeeding if Calcium and phosphorus intake is inadequate. Supplement and eat well.

References

Holistic Midwifery, Anne Frye

Nutritional Healing, Bach

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Vitamin K Injections for Newborns

Newborns routinely receive a vitamin K injection after birth to prevent or slow a rare problem of bleeding into the brain called Newborn Hemorrhagic Disease (HDN). This disease can occur 3 to 7 weeks after birth in just over 5 out of 100,000 births (without the vitamin K injection). 40% of those infants suffer permanent brain damage or death.

The cause of this bleeding trauma is usually liver disease, which is undetected until the bleeding begins. Several liver problems can reduce the liver’s ability to make blood-clotting factors out of vitamin K, therefore extra K helps this situation.

What Babies are at Risk?

Infants exposed to drugs or alcohol and those from mothers on anti-epileptic medications are at  risk for Newborn Hemorrhagic Disease.

The use of antibiotics (both maternal and baby) can inhibit baby’s generation of clotting factors, possibly making the need for vitamin K more necessary.

Babies who have experienced traumatic births such as forceps, emergency Cesarean and those who are born with bruises may be at risk for HMD.

Babies whose cord is prematurely cut deprives baby of  25% to 40% of blood volume and clotting factors. Keeping the cord intact until it stops pulsating can reduce the risk of Newborn Hemorrhagic Disease.

What are the Potential Side Effects of the Vitamin K Injection?

Numbers vary but based on several tightly controlled studies, the downside is a possibly 80% increased risk of developing childhood leukemia. Other studies have shown an increase of 10 to 20% risk.

What About the Oral Dose?

Depending on hospital, you can supplement with several low oral doses of liquid vitamin K over several days or weeks.

Where Else Can Baby Receive Vitamin K?

Colostrum is rich in vitamin K and can provide baby ample amounts if he is able to suckle immediately after birth. Continued breastfeeding raises baby’s vitamin K levels very gradually after birth. Babies who are breastfeed do not show deficiencies in vitamin K.

 

 

Can Mom Supplement?

Fresh, organic dark leafy veggies are a good source of vitamin K that mom can eat postpartum.

Nursing moms can also take vitamin K supplements daily or twice daily weekly for 10 weeks (1 mg per day). 

Supplementation of the pregnant mom does not alter fetal levels but supplementation of the nursing mom does increase breast milk and infant levels. This provides a cumulative extra 1 mg to her infant over the 10 week period and seems to be enough according to various studies.

 

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