The answer is yes.
There is a decent amount of debate among the natural community of the validity of pre-natal vitamins. At best they theoretically serve as safety net for when morning sickness gets the best of you and you just can’t eat right. I really do not feel well researched enough in the debate for-or-against, so I attempted a middle ground and picked what I feel to be a solid, abet pricey choice. I take New Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal (no they don’t pay me… no one does:P). Looks like this:
The reason I mention this is because this vitamin gets 100% of its Vitamin A from beta-carotene, which is plant derived, unlike retinol which, when found in a vitamin, is synthetic vitamin A. Synthetic vitamin A had been linked to birth defects and causes the March of Dimes to warn pregnant and trying to conceive women away from foods high in natural vitmain A such as liver, and instead take a cheap, synthetic version in a vitamin. I feel like this is foolish, as there are no studies linking birth defects to natural vitamin A (to its credit, the March of Dimes does state this). The studies show the birth defects ARE related to synthetic vitamin A which is in MOST prenatal vitamins. So why would you even mess with it? Your babies worth reading labels.
Natural is ALWAYS better.
Real food sources like liver have been used for centuries in the aiding of conception and supporting healthy pregnancies. I have much to say about liver that I will save for another post but let me do a quick cliff note version here: Liver provides many fat soluble vitamins (including A) needed to achieve and maintain a healthy pregnancy that are missing from our low-fat, processed food obsessed diets. Why are miscarriage and infertility rates spiking? Could it have anything to do with what we DO NOT put into our bodies? Do not toss away traditional wisdom and real food in the name of cheap, synthetic, birth defect proven chemical substances.
At the end of the day… the hippies are always right:)