Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin Supplement
With endless possibilities in the world of prenatal supplements, how do you make the right choice? By working closely with your health care provider and following this checklist, you can choose the best prenatal supplement to meet your needs.
I was still tired but now hungry all the time. I saw the specialist in tropical medicine and he assured me that since the fever was finished before I conceived, it was unlikely that there would be any effect. He wasn't sure about the medication. After talking to two obstetricians, I was reassured that the risk for birth defects was low. Then came the ultrasound and everything was normal at nine weeks. Then I returned to Vietnam at 12 weeks and out of the danger zone for miscarriage. It was a lot of fun telling our friends and colleagues about our pregnancy. We had another ultrasound at 15 weeks and all was still normal.
All through this time (13 weeks on) I was very conscious of eating well and taking supplements to keep my energy up. I also did low impact exercises at home to keep my spirits up, my weight in the range, and to build my strength. I subscribed to every email newsletter I could to keep me up to date on the development of the baby. Sharing this news with my husband also kept him involved. At 16 weeks I started to feel the first big kicks - reassuring me that all was well on the inside. I felt great - good enough to travel to Cambodia and Laos at 21 weeks.
"I am glad everything worked well in the middle of your Dengue recovery. Best wishes for your growing family." -- LOLAGEEK
"My husband and I were trying to conceive while touring north and central Vietnam. When we were in Hue I got a very bad case of food poisoning and an intestinal infection. I could not travel to the hospital in Danang so it was never officially diagnosed. I took some herbal supplements common in Vietnam and Rx meds prescribed by our Dr. back home. I was better and back to full energy within a week. We carried on with our trip through Japan. It has been several weeks. I don't know if I am pregnant ..." -- SWANKYGIRL
"Wishing you the best of luck for a safe, healthy delivery. My husband and I traveled to India 6 months before we conceived and I took too many vaccines, as I developed vaccine induced anthralgia (multiple joint pains) upon our return from India. My symptoms were completely gone about 3 weeks before we conceived. I also worry about the effect on my body taking on 7 vaccines and 3 antibiotics prior to conception. My physicians told me not to worry, in fact the pregnancy should make me feel bett..." -- LPATNEY
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