Flu prevention during pregnancy

pregnancy flu preventionQ. What do you recommend for a pregnant woman to take for flu prevention?

A. Cold and Flu prevention for pregnancy and lactation is not easy since most supplements say “not indicated for pregnancy or lactation”. But, we have done the research work for you with these recommendations to help you safely prevent the flu during pregnancy and lactation.

The safest and best things you can do:

  • Eat a healthy diet plenty of colorful, organic fruit and veggies.
  • Get plenty of rest, fluids and exercise each day.
  • Try not to get close to people who seem sick, don’t kiss people, wash hands with anti-bacterial soap frequently or use anti-bacterial gels, which are easy to carry in your purse.
  • The power of thought is also very important. Try focus on the thought you will be healthy rather than allowing the fear to take over. Work on letting go of the fear you may be feeling through meditation.
  • Take a good prenatal vitamin & mineral supplement, high potency probiotics (HLC Intensive) and try to get about 2 grams of fish oils daily.

A few other key supplements you might want to be taking are:

  • NAC by Genestra which has 500mg of NAC per cap, so once a day is fine, unless you start to feel like you are coming down with something, then increasing to 2 caps a day. It is a powerful free radical scavenger and thus supports the body’s natural defense system. NAC increases tissue levels of glutathione, a key component of the antioxidant defense system.
  • Zinc Supreme – has 30mg of very absorbable zinc and other co-factor trients. Zinc is critical for immune function, building new tissues, wound healing, leaky gut, digestion, insulin sensitivity, the functioning of over 200 enzymes, skin health, and having a healthy pregnancy. We would recommend 1 cap a day for a month, then every other day through flu season and pregnancy. (40mg is the DRI safe upper limit during pregnancy/lactation)
  • Zinc displaces copper, so you may want to add:
  • Gammadyn Cu – has 5.12mg of copper per ampoule. Copper helps to decrease acute and chronic bacterial infections, and is indicated for conditions such as allergies, infections, chronic and acute inflammation, colds and flu, warts, and hepatic and digestive disorders. We would recommend 1 cap daily for a month, then every other day through flu season and pregnancy. (10mg is the DRI upper safe level during pregnancy/lactation)
  • Vitamin D – get 1000 IU of D3 in one drop. This level would be safe to take along with your prenatal multivitamin. It is now being recommended that we get 1000 IU each day, and they have been finding in research that it plays a strong role in immune function and having these higher amounts can play a role in flu prevention. (2000 IU is the DRI upper level during pregnancy/lactation)

You might try to find a classical homeopath for a prevention prescription for you. Homeopathy is a specialized science. Some doctors specialize in it and it is important to find the best remedies for the individual, otherwise it may not work. Our consulting naturopath has informed us these 2 remedies seem to be the most successfully used as treatments for the H1N1 virus: Nux_Vomica and Ferrum_Phosphoricum,

“This is a gathering of information submitted from experienced homeopaths all over the country based on their findings of treating cases that are part of an epidemic. They have narrowed down to 2 remedies (Nux Vomica and Ferrum Phosphoricum) that tend to pop up most of the time as successful treatments for the H1n1.”

If you come down with H1N1, you should see a homeopath or naturopathic doctor who works with homeopathy to determine the correct remedies for you!

Be well and stay healthy!>

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