Every mother knows that whatever she puts into her body will also go to her baby. It’s led many expectant mothers to give up foods and beverages they loved–or even eat things they otherwise wouldn’t. It’s understandable, then, that they would have questions about their supplement use.
With Nootropic sales on the rise, and millions more people looking into trying them, I decided to help clarify what Nootropics are safe during pregnancy. But as with all our information articles, I will note that you should always consult your physician before beginning a supplement routine, especially while pregnant.
What You Need to Know:
General Supplement Guidelines
A recent medical review was undertaken to address the dearth of information on supplement use by pregnant women. This review exhaustively combed the literature on safety information for ingredients generally found in supplements. Here’s what they found.
Commonly found in a variety of supplements, and especially Nootropics, there is some concern about B Vitamin toxicity. The following are the upper bounds considered safe for each B Vitamin for pregnant women:
- B6 – 25 mg
- B9 (Folic Acid) – 1 mg, or 1,000 μg (micrograms)
- B12 – 35 μg (or 0.035 mg)
Toxicity and Safety levels for other B Vitamins weren’t explored by this study. We’ll take a look at some of them a bit later. Also, these numbers can get tricky, and it’s important to note that micrograms (μg or mcg) are much smaller than milligrams (mg). All of the top-rated Nootropics we’ve reviewed are around a tenth of these limits, meaning their Vitamin B levels are safe for pregnant women.
The trigger that fires every neuron in our brains, Choline is a mainstay of Nootropic formulas, and it’s actually prescribed for some expectant mothers. It’s clinical dose is 4,000 mg. In most Nootropics the dose is a fraction of that, usually around 200-300 mg.
While the following are not typically found in Nootropics, if you see one on a supplement label, here are the safe doses for pregnant women, according to the above study. In the next section we’ll take a look at other Nootropic ingredients.
Safe Upper Limit
Other Nootropic Ingredients
I’ve taken an extensive look at each ingredient in the very best Nootropics on the market, using them as a barometer of the safest options. By taking each ingredient in turn, I’ve compiled a list of Ingredients a pregnant person should avoid, and ones that are possibly beneficial. Each woman should consult their Obstetrician for clarification in their given case.
Ingredients to Avoid!
Huperzine A and Lion’s Mane
According to multiple sources, there simply isn’t enough data to recommend one way or the other on pregnant women taking these medicinal mushrooms. And with childbearing, no evidence translates as “avoid it.”
A natural antioxidant, it’s generally regarded as safe. The asterisk here is that the most comprehensive study to date mentions both beneficial and harmful effects of Resveratrol on pregnant women and offspring.
The current literature allows for pregnant women to consume up to 200 mg of caffeine per day, which is far less than found in many Nootropics. But if you’re taking caffeine from any other source, such as tea or coffee, then Caffeine supplements should be avoided.
Ingredients to Look Into
Now that the scary stuff is out of the way, there is light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re pregnant, or considering pregnancy, and have enjoyed your Nootropic use to this point, consult your physician about continuing supplementation with these common Nootropic ingredients.
As we mentioned above, there are studies in support of and against pregnant women taking Resveratrol. Consult your physician to find out what’s right for you.
We’ve covered a lot of ground, and by no means is all the science done for many of these ingredients. It may be that in future years some ingredients previously cautioned against may be recommended. But in the meantime, we again strongly urge pregnant or soon-to-be pregnant women consult their physician before launching into any supplement regimen. Health and wellness are all-important, and never more so than when carrying another life.