Pregnant or looking to become pregnant? Congratulations!

If you’re looking for a guide on how to follow an animal-based diet while pregnant, I recommend starting with the below post.

Looking to replace your synthetic prenatal vitamin?

I decided against taking a prenatal vitamin while I was pregnant. Instead, I relied on nutrient-dense food and real food supplements – like beef organs and desiccated oysters – to fuel me and build baby. Below are the products I recommend taking in place of a prenatal alongside a high-calorie nutrient-rich diet.

Note: Do not take this recommendation as absolute. Do your own research. These are just suggestions based on my own experience, research, conversations with health experts, and what I took during my own pregnancy in place of a conventional prenatal vitamin.

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Beef Organs

Part of Heart & Soil’s prenatal stack. Well-rounded spread of nutrient-dense beef organs: liver, heart, pancreas, spleen, and kidney.

Use the below link for 10% off. The link is multi-use, just click it prior to making an order.

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Firestarter

Part of Heart & Soil’s prenatal stack. Healthy fats to nourish you and baby.

Use the below link for 10% off. The link is multi-use, just click it prior to making an order.

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Lifeblood

Part of Heart & Soil’s prenatal stack. Beef blood, spleen, and liver. Helps build blood, improve iron stores, and prevent anemia.

Use the below link for 10% off. The link is multi-use, just click it prior to making an order.

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Mood, Memory & Brain

Part of Heart & Soil’s prenatal stack. Consists of nutrient-dense liver, nourishing bone marrow, and brain.

Use the below link for 10% off. The link is multi-use, just click it prior to making an order.

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Wild-Caught Fish Eggs

For DHA/EPA to help build baby’s brain. Especially important if you don’t eat much fish.

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Desiccated Oysters

For zinc, selenium, B12, iodine, and copper.

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Real Food Vitamin C

Only if not eating plentiful amounts of fruit.

Single-source: Whole food vitamin C supplement sourced from acerola cherries. For those who are looking for a single-source vitamin C supplement. (ASHLEYR for 10% off.)

Multi-fruit: Whole food vitamin C supplement sourced from exotic berries and fruit extracts. For those who don’t mind (or for those who prefer) the fruit variety. (ASHLEYR10 for 10% off.)

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Bone Matrix

Only if not eating plentiful amounts of calcium-rich foods like raw dairy and bone broth.

Use the below link for 10% off. The link is multi-use, just click it prior to making an order.

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Full-Spectrum Magnesium

To help support the high magnesium requirements during pregnancy and resolve many known pregnancy ailments (related to magnesium deficiency).

ASH10 for 10% off.

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Magnesium Malate/Glycinate

To help support the high magnesium requirements during pregnancy along with energy levels and sleep.

Malate is known to be energizing, so consume in the morning for a boost.

Glycinate is known to be relaxing, so consume in the evening (alongside full-spectrum magnesium) to aid in restful sleep.

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Sea Salt

Salt (a good source of it) is a pregnant woman’s best friend. One of the reasons I think I had such a good pregnancy (and barely any swelling) was my sky-high consumption of salt.

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D/K2

If you’re not outdoors enough, know that you have low D levels, if pregnant during a dark winter, or if you would like to be on the safe side.

Liquid: offers less precise dosage, but often better absorption.

Encapsulated: precise dosage, but it can be harder to absorb due to going through the digestive tract.

Check out the below posts to learn more about why I took what I took during pregnancy.

Not into lots of “stuff”?

Me either. I’m a minimalist. When you have a new baby, you can’t get away with buying nothing, but from the get go I decided that I didn’t want to bring a bunch of pointless junk into our house. Instead, I hoped for every item to be functional and serve a purpose. I roughly follow Montessori principles and learn from how our ancestors mothered. If this philosophy sounds aligned with yours, check out the below post for my must-haves during the newborn stage and beyond.

Additional Information

Below are other fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood blog posts that may be of interest to you.

Snack Ideas for Postpartum/Breastfeeding

Below are animal-based recipes for shelf-stable snacks that are easy to grab and/or items you can make large batches of ahead of time.