This list is to track the pregnancy and baby recommendations Dr Rhonda Patrick makes.
First & Second Trimesters:
Important: Rhonda eliminated everything that was non-essential or not proven to be safe (see this post for her “regular” supplement list). Initially she only took the below:
- Multivitamin – Thorne Research – Prenatal
- Fish Oil – Norwegian Pure-3 – 5 capsules
- Vitamin D – Thorne Research – D3 1,000iu – 3,000iu total (multi has 1,000iu, then 2,000iu additional)
- Same as above regimen, but added probiotics, specifically Visbiome Probiotic sachets (for clarity, not taken during first or second trimester)
- Added an iron supplement – Thorne Research – Iron Bisgylcinate (based on blood tests showing Rhonda had low red blood cell count – you may not need this!)
N.B. The Thorne Prenatal already contains 45mg of iron bisglycinate
Breastfeeding Supplement Regimen:
- Multivitamin – Thorne Research – Prenatal
- Fish Oil – Norwegian Pure-3 DHA – 5 capsules
- Probiotics – Visbiome Probiotic sachets
- Vitamin D – Thorne Research – D3 1,000iu – Increased to 6,000iu total (1,000iu from multivitamin + 5,000iu additional)
- PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline Quinone) – Life Extension – PQQ 20mg
- Vitamin K2 – NOW K-2 MK7, 100mcg – taken 3x per week, not daily
To go to the source of Rhonda’s supplement regimen whilst pregnant & breastfeeding, see this YouTube video from 1hr 38mins.
Products for the baby:
- Stem Cell Banking – LifeBank USA
(Service for storing the placenta post childbirth. Placenta is a rich source of pluripotent stem cells, which may be useful later in life)
- Owlet Smart Sock
(Childs sock that checks heart rate + oxygen levels & sets off an alarm if any of them dip below healthy levels)
- Nanit Smart Baby Monitor
(Baby monitor camera that sends streaming video and push notifications to your phone about what the kid is up to)
- Hatch Baby Grow Smart Scale
(Accurate scale that helps you track weights before and after feedings to determine the effectiveness of nursing)
- Carlson Baby’s Super Daily Vitamin D
(Given to her baby whilst breastfeeding, as without much sunlight, the baby is reliant on the vitamin D from breast milk)
Stem Cell Banking – via LifeBankUSA
LifeBankUSA provide a way to store and ship your new born child’s umbillical cord and placenta to them. At their lab, they will extract the cord blood (and depending which package you buy), also extract blood from the placenta.
The extracted blood then gets chilled and preserved, in case it’s needed in the future.
The whole purpose is to collect and store stem cells + CD34 proteins, which could later be used to treat disease.
Diseases currently being treated with stem cells include leukemia, amemias, lymphomas, bone marrow cancers, brain tumours and a range of inherited diseases. On top of these, there are lots of other diseases where stem cells *may* be useful, but they still need to carry out more clinic trials to confirm. See this LifeBankUSA PDF for more on present and future treatable diseases + see their FAQ section, for answers to common questions.
A key difference between LifeBankUSA and other cord blood banking options, is that LifeBankUSA own a patent on placenta blood extraction. The benefit of this extra extraction, are a greater number of available stem cells than you would obtain through just cord blood.
Rhonda discussed using LifeBank USA on her Instagram post. For more info on the benefits of placenta banking (adjunctive to cord blood banking), see Rhonda’s interview with Dr Frans Kuypers – where they discuss, amonst other things, how you can save between 5x & 7x more stem cells by using the placenta.
Heart Rate Monitoring – via Owlet Smart Sock
This recommendation comes via Rhonda’s public Patreon post. The Owlet Smark Sock is a hypoallergenic cotton sock, that can measure heart rate + blood oxygen levels, and communicate it via bluetooth. You then install the Owlet app on your phone, and it will notify you if there is a problem with your baby. Both via notifications on your phone, and an alarm goes off on the base station.
They don’t advertise it as such, but this can provide peace of mind against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), sometimes known as cot death. Providing a potential window of opportunity if the childs vitals dip during sleep.
- Range is 100ft. The sock communicates via bluetooth to a base station, and that then connects to your wifi network
- Works with both iPhone & Android
- Battery life of 18 hours (rechargeable)
- Comes with four booties. Two different sizes, and then both open and closed toe variations for each size
- Potential false alarms – for example users have had them when burping their child. Although this would appear to be a risk worth taking for extra peace of mind
- The Owlet’s $299 price tag – perhaps overly expensive due to lack of similar competition in the market
Video & Sound Monitoring – Nanit Smart Monitor
- 5.5′ floor stand, with a HD camera attached to the top
- Night vision on the HD camera
- HD camera streams directly to phones (iOS & Android)
- Tracks video, sound & motion
- Can set baby audio to play in background whilst using phone for other things
So essentially, once you have the camera setup by the babies crib, you can be in another room and see & hear exactly what is going on via your phone.
Again, much like the smart sock above, whilst not absolutely necessary, you’re paying a premium for peace of mind. The Nanit works out at around $364 for the kit.
Growth Scale – Hatch Baby Grow Smart Scale
This recommendation comes via Rhonda’s public Patreon post.
The idea behind the Hatch Smart Scale came about from a mother who was breastfeeding, and was worried that he child was getting enough nutrition. Rather than have to keep going to the doctors to get her baby weighed, she wanted an easier solution. Between her and her husband they came up with the idea for a weighing scales that lets you track everything yourself.
- Software lets you track the babies weight, how often its feeding, and even helps you count diapers
- The scales itself doubles as a smooth, clean baby changing facility
- The scales has rubber feet on it to stop it moving around, and works for children up to 44lbs/20kg
The Hatch Smart Scale works out at around $129 for the kit.
Vitamin D3 Supplement – Carlson Baby’s Super Daily Vitamin D3
Rhonda chooses to give her soon 400IU of Carlson’s vitamin D each day. She does this while he is exclusively breastfed, and has limited sunlight exposure, because typically mothers milk contains insufficient amounts of vitamin D. Whilst she is breastfeeding, and isn’t getting much sun, she has increased her daily intake of vitamin D to 6,000IU – compared to her normal intake of between 2,000-4,000IU per day.
While Rhonda is breastfeeding, she writes on Instagram that she is taking one sachet of Visbiome per day. She started taking this probiotic at the start of her third trimester and will continue while she is nursing her son.
A new study found that mothers who supplemented with the probiotic Visbiome during late pregnancy and, while nursing, lowered inflammatory biomarkers in the breastmilk and improved symptoms of colic in their newborns.
Visbiome gets shipped in cold packs, to preserve the live cultures. And uses the same formula as the well studied VSL#3 probiotic, but at around $15 less per box.