My only other piece of advice is sleep when the baby does.
Best of luck,
I am a man, so maybe not the most credible advisory on pregnancy and nursing, but I was very involved throughout my wife's pregnancy, birth, nursing, etc. The longer you can breast-feed, the better, for both you and your child. My wife nursed our son for 13 months (she deserves a medal!), and he is smart, healthy, and in the top percentiles for height and weight. It is an immeasurable gift, in my most humble opinion.
I was thinking that 5,000 IU of Vit. D3 was better than 2,000, when I saw jimmylegs suggest 4,000. Either, or. Cold water fish oils are good too (cod, herring, anchovy, salmon...).
Keep your folic acid up - through leafy greens - collards, kale, chard, etc., which will also give your baby a good birth level of Vit. K. Ideally, you have been doing all that since before conception.
For goodness sake, don't let them give your baby any injections of anything before at least 2 years old. There is incredible pressure to give Vit. K shots, Hep C vaccine (for weeping sake!), and goodness alone knows what else - in the delivery room!. Do not let them put anything into your baby - unless, of course, it is an emergency. Try to let the umbilical cord pump all of its blood into the baby before cutting it too, unless of course, you are keeping cord blood for future treatments (we did, but I'm not sold on it), or there is a contraindication to your, or the baby's health.
I hope that my male voice is not unwelcome, and all the best to you.
Jimmylegs, you asked before, sorry so late responding, the zinc in the prenatal I'm taking is 20mg. I also take a 50mg supplement. The calcium in the prenatal is 200mg, mag 100mg. My neuro suggested not taking more than 2000iu of vit D and I think I'll stick to that for fear of overdoing the vitamins during pregnancy.
I do plan on breastfeeding as long as possible, but probably not more than a year for personal preference. I breastfed my daughter until she was 10 months old and oddly enough my symptoms first were tracked back to the same month I quit breastfeeding. (It started with Lehrmitte's until 5 months later when I was diagnosed with a major attack. I have since fully recovered minus some numbess in my hand, tingling in feet and legs and bladder spasticity.)
I met with my neuro yesterday and he said that they have found that breastfeeding helps prevent relapses so he was glad that I chose that over medications so we were on the same page. He just wants to see me back 3 months after the birth but said there's no need to perscribe medications since I'm pregnant and then will be breastfeeding, but we'll see what my plans are for the future after that. I'm still on the fence about the meds. I've heard so many mixed reviews but at the same time, I don't know anything about them. However, I also think that if there were no meds for MS 10 years ago, then shouldn't I want to join in on the breakthrough to see if the negative statistics improve? But then with all the new CCSVI news, I believe that could be the cause so I'm very interested in that as well. However, they're not testing anyone for it or doing anything for it in my area. Hopefully things will move along quickly and I'm praying this will turn out to be a helpful treatment.
But for now, I'm focusing on good nutrition, supplements, and trying to relax a bit and take it one day at a time.
Thank you everyone for your help and support.
i'd generally say, to those not pregnant, take 4000 d3, 1000mg ca, and 500mg mag. so if you're cutting the d3 in half to 2000, i'd tend to recommend cutting the calcium to 500 and the mag to 250. the prenatal looks to be getting you almost halfway there.
because of the interactions between d3, mag and calcium, i'd suggest including a plain cal-mag supplement that does not contain any vit d, and taking it at a time of day where no other vitamin d3 is going in.
I believe your advice about exercising, I am trying to start an exercise program to continue throughout my pregnancy and hopefully adopt for a lifelong habit. (Still building up the ambition ...)
I did not relapse after baby #3. And I managed to breastfeed for a full year and stay off of the Copaxone until I was done and not relapse then either. That felt like a gamble....
I felt horrible during all three pregnancies but I didn't have relapses during them.
Best of luck with the exercising and of course the baby!
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