I want to write this book for one simple reason: I wish I’d had one like this when I was pregnant. Having been born and raised with nutritional medicine, I have always felt comfortable with the use of vitamins and confident in both their safety and efficacy. When I found out that I was expecting a child, I felt I should have been able to seamlessly transfer this knowledge and apply it to care for my “new” pregnant body. But now, even I was nervous about taking nutritional supplements. It was one thing to be secure about my own choice to take vitamins. It was yet another to make this decision for a life I hadn’t even met. I started questioning what I knew. I started looking for clarification.
Nothing motivates a person to learn quite like the responsibility of having a child. I wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing.
I didn’t just want to be sure. I wanted to be really sure. Was I taking enough of the vitamins my baby needed? How could I make certain I was getting the most beneficial dose? (An amount I suspected differed from your standard prenatal vitamin.)
I knew I had a lot to learn, but by golly, I was going to learn it.
I believe the information we get from our doctors about vitamins is extremely insufficient. Pregnant women will simply be told about the standard government recommendations, provided there is even time for this discussion. I spent far more time in the waiting room than I ever did in an appointment with my obstetrician. There was little opportunity to ask detailed questions and get thoughtful, thorough responses. I doubt the word “orthomolecular” would have been in any of the answers anyway.
We need to have access to all the information out there, not just some of it.
Many women and their babies would benefit from getting an abundance of nutrients during pregnancy, especially if there are health concerns, but the word “orthomolecular” is also conspicuously absent from most pregnancy health guides and parenting books.
I strongly believe that natural, alternative, drugless solutions are of great value during pregnancy. Upon investigation, you will find that many doctors and researchers agree. We need to know as much as we can about all of our options so we can make the best decisions for ourselves and for our babies.
This book was written and edited throughout my own pregnancy, from the day I found out I was going to have my second child and into the first two years of my new baby’s life. I’ll share with you what I have experienced with both of my children and what I have learned about the value of optimal doses of vitamins during pregnancy.
Vitamins & Pregnancy: The Real Story isn’t just another pregnancy health book. This one is different. Typically, other pregnancy guides flatly discourage the use of vitamins at even the slightest increase over government recommendations. None of them really address the role of high doses of vitamins for a safe and healthy pregnancy. It is time for a change. Instead of searching through facts and myths about vitamins and pregnancy, this book is intended to make your life just a little easier by putting a collection of this valuable vitamin information conveniently into your hands.
We know all too well what an immense personal responsibility we have when we bring life into this world. The best decisions are those we make when we come armed with information. Since we only get part of the story about vitamins at the doctor’s office, I’d like you to hear about the rest of the story here.
You will notice that I quote extensively from the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service in this book. This is intentional. You can subscribe, free of charge, to Orthomolecular Medicine News Service articles at http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html and access the article archive at http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/index.shtml. This noncommercial, peer-reviewed publication contains research, clinical experience, and analysis from over twenty-five natural healing physicians and experts. You’ll also notice that I often quote my father, Andrew W. Saul. This is also intentional. I think that if you are going to quote someone, you may as well pick the person who you think can say it best. After all, my father has been teaching others (that includes me) about vitamins and natural healing for over thirty years, and I happen to like his delivery. We are a father-daughter orthomolecular team. It seems only natural to me to quote the most influential person of my professional career.
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