My favorite things

My favorite things

Since I started seeing clients, I am finding that I am recommending the same items over and over again.  Like most dietitians, I have some go-to products that I figure I should share with everybody!  Take a look!  (please note, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.  I would never recommend an item I do not wholeheartedly believe has a benefit to my clients regardless of affiliation).

 

 

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Gerber Soothe Baby Probiotic drops w/ Vitamin D

These are my go-to drops for new mamas that need to supplement their babies w Vitamin D.  They have the added benefit of containing the live probiotic lactobacillus Reuteri which has been shown to reduce crying time in colicky babies in many well-designed clinical trials.  There are other benefits to taking this probiotic for baby too-but trying to minimize colicky symptoms before they start won’t hurt anybody!  You can put the drops right on your nipple before your baby latches, add it to a bottle, or put the drops on your clean finger and then let your baby suck it off.  Buy them here!  (AF link): https://amzn.to/2Vh0Vlh 

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Glasslock 18 piece assorted oven safe container set

 

I am big on my clients not using plastic food storage containers-especially for storing hot food or cooking.  These are BPA free and made from recyclable glass.  Using these reduces the risk of any hormone-disrupters from getting into your food. Buy it here! (AF): https://amzn.to/2V2xcY1

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Organic Seaweed Snacks

Most of my clients are surprised to learn that iodine needs are increased during pregnancy and lactation. Eating these snacks are a super easy way to get an iodine boost into your diet. Buy it here!  (AF): https://amzn.to/2H3itbW 

 

 

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Urban Moonshine Calm Tummy Bitters

Urban Moonshine Calm Tummy Bitters is my go-to solution for morning sickness and heartburn for my pregnant clients.  I like that it is free of essential oils, and provides just enough ginger and chamomile to make a difference.  Order it here (AF): https://amzn.to/2PNqnZx

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Nut Cravings Walnuts

Although I am. not a fan of calling one particular food a "fertility food", eating 1/4 cup of walnuts/day has been shown to boost fertility in men. It can't hurt, right?!?!?  Buy them here (AF): https://amzn.to/2GTGL6D

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Vita Coco Coconut Water

For women undergoing IVF, I recommend having some boxes of this on-hand after the egg retrieval to reduce the risk of symptoms associated with OHSS.  I also recommend throwing a box or two in your overnight hospital bag, and as a treat for lactating mamas to make sure she is staying adequately hydrated.  Order it here (AF): https://amzn.to/2H2ErLZ 

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When I was going through my infertility journey, and then pregnant, I had a lot of time with my feet in the stirrups.  One day, my reproductive endocrinologist commented on my toe nail polish, and then proceeded to explain how women are so concerned about their "grooming of their private area" (as he put it), but what he notices more than anything is patient's nasty feet.  He said he sees patient's feet for a much longer time then the "other" area.  I ran this by my OB-GYN who 100% agreed.  Apparently, these docs really pay attention to feet!  Since I was on this journey for a long time, I had an opportunity to try almost every foot peel on the market and this one is the winner in my book.  It is the coolest----soak your feet for an hour in the saturated socks that come in the package, and in about 5 days your skin starts shedding.  I am totally obsessed.  After you molt, your feet look smooth and un-cracked for about 6 months.  Trust me...your docs will thank you :). Just don't do it before an event where you are planning on wearing scrappy sandals.  Buy it here (AF): https://amzn.to/2H3phpX

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I like Pur Gum for two reasons.  First off, I like that it is sweetened with xylitol so mama doesn't have to give up gum if trying to avoid aspartame and cut down on sugar (especially if she has a diagnosis of gestational diabetes). I also like that the company chose to use spearmint, which is safe to consume during pregnancy.  I have found that if my clients chew a piece of this gum immediately after she takes her vitamins, she appears to not get that "ick" feeling people may feel after taking supplements.  They are also vegan and gluten free.  I recommend making this part of the routine---eat food, take supplements, chew a piece of Pur!  Buy it here (AF) :  https://amzn.to/2H3oyVL

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Prebiotic and probiotic in one convenient tube! Who doesn’t want to be a regular girl?? https://regulargirl.com use code NUTRITIONNOW10 for 10% off!

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The best protein bars IMO and created by registered dietitians! Its hard to find a protein bar without a ton of junk. Go for the dark chocolate peanut butter! https://zingbars.com/collections/. Use code MANAKERZING for 10% off

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I love Ritual prenatals for so many reasons. Obvi I like the balance of nutrients, but I love how they can be taken on an empty stomach too!


If your prenatal vitamin does not contain selenium (Ahem, ritual), you can easily get in enough by eating ONE Brazil nut every other day. Treat it like another supplement. It’s more fun to eat a Brazil nut vs. swallowing ANOTHER pill!

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Choline is a nutrient that doesn’t get enough attention. It is super-important when ttc, pregnant, and lactating. Needs increase tremendously when pregnant, and even more when breastfeeding. You should make sure to get in enough of this nutrient before you are pregnant, and these gummies are great. Check your prenatal. If it does not contain choline, try these gummies out. They are lemon flavor and contain 100 mg per gummy. Shoot for 300 mg of choline/day if pregnant either via food (egg yolks are great!) or supplements. buy here: https://amzn.to/2VFMy9v

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