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Fairhaven Health- Natural Prenatal Vitamins & Pregnancy Products

Fairhaven Health

The first time I heard about Fairhaven Health was on the Baby Center Getting Pregnant Group. Their FertilAid, FertileCM, and FertiliTea are definitely all the rage in the trying to conceive communities. I heard so many mamas swear by these products, I couldn’t resist checking out Fairhaven Health for myself to see what the fuss was all about. To be completely honest I was expecting them to be some bogus website selling products that are about as effective a “intelligender”- taking advantage of moms during this sensitive time in their lives, offering worthless products for the  sole purpose of padding their own pockets. Thank goodness I was completely wrong!

Fairhaven Health is 100% committed to offering unsurpassed product quality, service, and a compassion for each customer’s unique journey to parenthood. All of their products are designed to safely and naturally promote fertility, pregnancy wellness, and breastfeeding success. From preconception through pregnancy and nursing, Fairhaven Health is there -every step of the way - to provide clinically-proven products to help parents along their journey to parenthood. All of Fairhaven Health’s products are cooperatively developed and formulated by a diverse panel of medical experts – including doctors, ObGyns, nutritionists, and naturopaths. They truly integrate the best of both worlds, bringing together traditional Western (allopathic) medicine with clinically-supported research in herbal/homeopathic fields. All of their supplement products are based on clinically-established science and all manufacture is governed by strict GMP standards and third-party quality testing.

Fairhaven Health

I recently had the opportunity to try four of Fairhaven Health’s most popular pregnancy products- Pregnancy Plus Prenatal, Pregnancy Plus Omega-3, PregEase, and Dream Belly Butter. NO- I’m not pregnant! However I did try each of them myself, and then passed the three supplements on to my cousin who is just approaching the end of her first trimester (I just couldn’t part with the Dream Belly Butter).

Pregnancy Plus Prenatal

Pregnancy Plus Prenatal was designed for trying-to-conceive, pregnant and nursing women supplying 100% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamins and minerals in a once-daily tablet. This complete multivitamin supplement includes key nutrients like iron, vitamin C, vitamin A (as beta-carotene), and folic acid – important in preventing birth defects. It also provides antioxidant support to cleanse the body of oxidizing free radicals and promote optimum reproductive health.

Correct dosage and quality of the ingredients in a prenatal supplement are especially important, and Pregnancy Plus Prenatal was developed by leading ObGyn, Dr. Amos Grunebaum, based on his “Just Right” formula for optimal prenatal and baby health. Pregnancy Plus Prenatal is all-natural with no additives or preservatives, and guaranteed for high quality and potency.

In a recent study by independent consumer research firm ConsumerLabs, Pregnancy Plus Prenatal Multivitamin received high marks across all label ingredient claims and quality standards, including purity and efficient absorption. Over half of the leading vitamin brands tested failed key benchmarks for ingredient content, presence of contaminants and rate of tablet dissolution. Because dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA, women must be aware of the hidden risks, including overdosing and impurities, and make informed choices regarding prenatal products.

*The Pregnancy Plus Prenatal vitamins were easy to swallow, and left me feeling well energized throughout the day. They are also extremely gentle, I cannot tolerate most vitamins on an empty stomach, but the Pregnancy Plus Prenatals didn’t bother me at all.

**My cousin was experiencing horrible morning sickness and every prenatal vitamin she tried caused her to vomit immediately. It was so bad she completely quit taking prenatal vitamins! I had to beg her to try Pregnancy Plus Prenatal, and when she finally did she kept them down no problem.

Pregnancy Plus Omega-3

Pregnancy Plus Omega-3 is a doctor-formulated fatty acid supplement for pregnant and nursing mothers, and can also be an excellent nutritional choice for women who are actively trying-to-conceive. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are a vital part of pregnancy wellness, fetal development, and infant health. However, studies indicate that pregnant mothers do not intake sufficient levels of Omega-3 from their diets.

For fetal and infant health, the two most important Omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. EPA is important in supporting cardiac and circulatory systems; DHA is a key component of the central nervous system and promotes the development the brain and eyes. Research indicates that babies born to mothers with high levels the Omega-3 fatty acids in their systems had advanced brain development and higher attention spans well into their second year.

Because the correct dosing of supplements is critical during pregnancy, Pregnancy Plus Omega-3 was developed by leading ObGyn Dr. Amos Grunebaum specifically to ensure pregnant and nursing mothers receive the optimum level of Omega-3 fatty acids for both mother and baby.

Pregnancy Plus Omega 3 contains oil from small fish, including herring, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies, caught in the cold waters of Iceland using sustainable fishing practices. The EPA and DHA-rich oil is then processed in a GMP-compliant facility to remove heavy metals and pesticides, resulting in a premium quality fish oil that is pharmaceutical grade and meets or exceeds all official regulations related to environmental contaminants. Pregnancy Plus Omega 3 has a natural citrus flavor with no fishy aftertaste!

*Even though Fairhaven Health claims their Pregnancy Plus Omega-3 doesn’t have a fishy aftertaste, I was extremely nervous to give them a try. I can’t stand the fishy aftertaste of a fish oil Omega-3, so I usually take flax based supplements instead. For the sake of this review I finally mustered up the courage to give them a try, and much to my surprise there really wan’t any aftertaste at all!

**My cousin also agrees there is no fishy aftertaste, and had no problem taking the Pregnancy Plus Omega-3 supplements, even on a sensitive stomach.

PregEase

Formulated by a team of doctors and nutritionists, all-natural PregEase is intended to provide swift, gentle relief from two of the most common discomforts associated with pregnancy: nausea and heartburn. Thought to be caused by increasing hormone levels, few women move through the first trimester of pregnancy without experiencing morning sickness, and some pregnant women feel nauseous all day long, well into the second trimester.

Heartburn results when acids from the stomach flow back up into the esophagus, causing an uncomfortable, burning sensation in the chest. Heartburn is common during pregnancy because the growing baby puts pressure on the intestines, stomach, and esophagus, which can slow digestion and increase the likelihood that stomach acids will creep back up into the esophagus.

PregEase is a unique multi-ingredient formulation designed to provide relief of nausea and heartburn during pregnancy, and delivered in a delicious chewable tablet with a lightly sweet orange flavor.

*Oh how I wish I had PregEase when I was pregnant! I was plagued with all-day-sickness well into the second trimester during all four of my pregnancies, and had no idea there was a natural remedy like PregEase that could help. Thankfully, I didn’t suffer from heartburn, but the Dear Husband gets heartburn all the time- so I used him to put PregEase to the test! I didn’t tell him I was giving him “PregEase”, I simply waited for him to complain of heartburn and said “here, take this pill and see if it helps”. I got busy with the kidlets and actually forgot I had given him anything, but a short while later the Dear Husband approached me and asked what I had given him- he said nothing had ever gotten rid of his heartburn so fast!

**I have to admit I was tempted to keep PregEase for the Dear Husband, but my cousin was suffering so badly from morning sickness I couldn’t help but share- plus I was really curious if it would truly help! Her morning sickness was so bad she was late to work almost every day, and feeling absolutely miserable. At one point the vomiting got so bad she required IV fluids at the hospital because she couldn’t keep anything down. After I gave her PregEase the severity of her morning sickness was significantly decreased. It didn’t provide 100% relief, but definitely made the morning sickness more manageable. 

Dream Belly Butter-

Dream Belly Butter is designed to help protect and nourish your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during your pregnancy.

Stretch marks are caused by little tears that occur in the dermis, the middle layer of the skin that contains the collagen and elastin fibers that help to maintain the structural integrity of your skin. Unfortunately, the hormonal changes and rapid weight gain that are a normal part of your pregnancy are a lethal combination when it comes to healthy skin, which is why so many women see stretch marks appear during pregnancy. The dramatic (although expected) hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy impact the ability of the dermis to form collagen and elastin fibers, which, in turn, makes it difficult for your skin to maintain its resiliency. As a result, when the skin is forced to stretch in response to rapid weight gain, it is unable to do so without tearing. These little tears that occur in the skin cause the appearance of unsightly lines – stretch marks – that are red and purple, then gradually fade to white or silver over time.

Of course, the conditions that cause stretch marks during pregnancy are normal and healthy, and cannot be avoided. And, unfortunately, some women are simply more susceptible to stretch marks due to a genetic predisposition. Therefore, the only hope for preventing stretch marks during pregnancy is to keep your skin as hydrated and suppleas possible.

Enter Dream Belly Butter, with its rich luxurious texture and gentle, refreshing scent. It’s just what you need to maintain the suppleness and elasticity of your skin as it stretches to accommodate your growing belly during pregnancy and to tone and regenerate your skin after childbirth. Dream Belly Butter combines natural, plant-derived butters and oils for deep moisturizing along with antioxidants from grapefruit and rosehip oil to heal, soothe, and revitalize strained skin.

*This is the one product I couldn’t bear to pass on to my expecting cousin, I had to keep it for myself. Pregnant or not, we all want to have soft, healthy, well moisturized skin, and Dream Belly Butter drenches skin in the most luxurious, creamy body butter I’ve ever experienced. While I believe stretchmarks are mostly genetic, I do believe keeping the skin moist can help minimize the severity, and if any product is going to help prevent stretchmarks I have no doubt Dream Belly Butter is it!

I’d definitely encourage any trying to conceive, pregnant, or breastfeeding mamas to check out Fairhaven Health!

Visit the Fairhaven Health website to learn more about all of the natural, effective products they have to offer! Also be sure to “like” Fairhaven Health on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with their latest updates, promotions, and more!

Disclosure: I received products free of cost in order to facilitate this review. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are purely my own.

Terri
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Comments

  1. Thanks for the detailed review! These do sound like a great natural alternative. Plus no fishy aftertaste? I was starting to think that wasn’t possible!

  2. Stacey Roberson says:

    I like that these are all-natural with no additives or preservatives. I also like that they are easy to swallow. I used gummy vitamins during my pregnancy because I have trouble swallowing pills =/

  3. Jennifer Johansen says:

    I had the constant low-grade nausea throughout my entire pregnancy, too! Honestly, I would have preferred a straightforward barf in the morning to get it over with. :P I would have loved to have something like the PregEase product!

  4. becky worthman says:

    wish I’d heard of these when I was pregnant…isn’t it embarassing–I just picked a generic vitamin off the shelf…

  5. librarypat says:

    Glad to hear such good products out now. Good nutrition is so important, especially during pregnancy. These supplements won’t do any good if they can’t be taken or kept down. I wish they had been available when I had my children. I remember how huge those vitamins were. My daughters have been much luckier with what is now available. The Dream Belly Butter sounds nice.

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