Q: "I have severe eczema and I'm breastfeeding. Is it okay to take the Skin Friend supplements while I'm breastfeeding?"
During breast feeding, your body has increased nutritional requirements in order to nourish both your baby and yourself. So taking extra vitamins and minerals can be an important part of your routine. Calcium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and a range of B vitamins are especially important during this time.
Nutritionist Karen Fischer often prescribes Skin Friend (Skin Friend AM and Calcium Matrix PM) to her patients who are breast feeding. During a consultation Karen checks if the mother is taking any prescription medications that might prevent the mother from taking supplements (i.e. medications such as blood thinning/heart medications). Karen also checks the patient's current use of supplements to ensure she does not double up on vitamins and minerals.
If you are breast feeding we suggest checking with your doctor to see if you can take multi-vitamin/mineral supplements while breast feeding and/or on your medications. With your doctor's okay, it would be fine to take the Skin Friend supplements.
Q: "I have eczema and I'm pregnant. Is it okay to take the Skin Friend supplements?"
During pregnancy, your body has increased nutritional requirements in order to nourish both your baby and yourself. We do suggest you take a pregnancy multivitamin as iron, folic acid, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C and a range of B vitamins are important during this time. Calcium is incredibly important for bone and skin health, and it should be taken separately as it blocks the absorption of iron and zinc (if taken at the same time).
Nutritionist Karen Fischer often prescribes Calcium Matrix PM to her patients who are pregnant along with a pregnancy multi-vitamin and mineral supplement that is designed for use during pregnancy. A modified diet that is suitable for pregnancy (part-program, not the full Eczema Diet) is also prescribed to clear up the eczema. The part program is included in a section within the Eczema Diet book.
It is wise to check prescription medications that might prevent you from taking supplements. If you are taking medications or if you are pregnant or breast feeding we suggest seeing your doctor for professional advice.
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