remember this conversation from 2009?general-discussion-f1/topic8358.html#p70235
"Jimmy - I was taking zinc & d3 but I stopped taking everything I was on when I got pregnant - at my Drs advice. I now take a prenatal vitamin & the prescribed folic acid only."
let me propose the idea that the zinc was what helped you get pregnant and carry to term in the first place, after all the sad losses you and adam suffered through before. also curious is your diet still like this?
"I am not sure I am getting the most balanced diet at the moment but I am doing the best I can! I seem to just crave stodgy carbs and not much else. Am off chocolate etc but eating toast at a ridiculous rate! Not much fruit and veg so really ought to try and rectify that."
toast (gluten) would deplete zinc levels quite handily by itself, never mind the breastfeeding in the mix.
also fyi, research (http://jn.nutrition.org/content/131/2/262.short
) suggests that pure breastfeeding to age 6 months is harder on the mother, but better for the baby.
check this study out too:
Zinc levels in maternal milk: the influence of nutritional status with respect to zinc during the third trimester of pregnancyhttp://www.nature.com/?file=/ejcn/journ ... 0393a.html
During pregnancy all subjects showed zinc intakes lower than those recommended... 56% of L (lower intake) subjects and 28.6% of H (higher intake) subjects showed serum zinc levels of less than 12.2 µmol/L. 8% of L subjects and no H subjects showed less than 11.5 µmol/L of zinc in maternal milk.
Conclusions: The diet conditions maternal serum zinc levels during pregnancy and those of milk during lactation. Though all subjects showed intakes clearly below those recommended, low levels in serum or milk were much rarer. These results support the idea that there is a need to reset the limits of normality for serum and milk zinc levels. Further work in this area may confirm that the present recommended intakes of zinc be modified
i would strongly suggest nutritional bloodwork and a rework of your diet and supplement regimen, to get you into optimal condition for operation mom
fyi over the years i've found i always need to educate health care professionals on this stuff. my doctors, other peoples' doctors, people running courses in health care, my naturopath, other naturopaths, etc etc etc. i cringe when new members announce a fresh dx and immediately being put on d3 with no mineral balancing. that is a recipe for making everything worse. at least the d3 message is making it out there, but as yet it doesn't look like medical practise has a real handle on all the details. luckily for us it's all available on the research side of things
i'd be very interested in seeing a 3 day food and liquid diary if you like, so that i can look for foods that may be affecting your nutritional status and leading to your symptoms. as usual, i strongly suspect roles for zinc and magnesium, for starters.
it's been a few years since we had a real chat on this stuff mrs - if you like, you could read the first post on the first page of my regimen thread. i've updated it really recently with the current evolution on my thinking pertaining to ms and nutrition.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com