Why Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About This, Even Though It Could Harm Your Baby
And what you can do to make sure your baby doesn’t suffer needlessly …
As you may know, when you’re pregnant you’re 100% responsible for your baby’s health. In fact, your pregnancy is the closest you’ll ever come to having full control over your baby’s life. So it’s important you take advantage of this remarkable time.
You have an amazing opportunity to make the right choices. And research now shows something very exciting about this special time for your baby…
The choices you make during your pregnancy, and even before you get pregnant, can give your baby a head start on life.
But your doctor won’t tell you about this. I’ll tell you why in a moment (it’s not your doctor’s fault). And I’ll also tell you what you can do to help your doctor help you make the most of your pregnancy.
But first, I want to tell you a few things about pregnancy you need to know. And they may surprise you – even if you’ve been pregnant before.
You may know that pregnancies are typically categorized as “normal” or “high risk.” And the kind of attention you get during pregnancy is determined by the category you’re in. It’s like the way kids were tracked when I was in elementary school.
Back then, it was common to group kids based on their learning ability. There was a track for kids who needed more time and a track for the kids who learned quicker. Both those groups got special attention.
The rest of us fell somewhere in between… we didn’t get any special attention.
It’s the same with your pregnancy. Unless you’re high risk, you’re considered “normal.” And that means you don’t need any special attention.
For the most part, that’s a good thing. But here’s the problem…
Normal isn’t the same as optimal
Those “fast learner” kids got special attention that gave them an early advantage. How did they get so lucky?
Well, genes certainly play a part in learning ability. So does nutrition.
And we now know that prenatal nutrition in particular plays an even bigger role than we previously thought — it determines how well your baby develops in your womb.
Simply put, when you optimize your prenatal nutrition, you help your baby reach his or her full genetic potential.
When your developing baby has the right amounts of vitamins and nutrients… not too little and not too much… it can prevent health problems in childhood and later in life — physical problems, mental problems and even emotional problems.
And the only way to optimize your pregnancy is to get the prenatal nutrition that’s right for you.
Unfortunately, following the recommendations made by most nutritionists, your doctor and others in the medical field won’t optimize your pregnancy. And the reason why may surprise you.
It takes years before research findings become recommendations. Even decades! There isn’t the funding or the process in place to do things faster. Just look at this example:
If your doctor is like most doctors, you’ve been told to take a prenatal supplement that contains folate (or folic acid). Folate recommendations became mainstream in 1992. That’s when the U.S. Public Health Service recommended 400 micrograms of folate a day for all women of childbearing age.
They made the recommendation because neural tube defects in babies, such as spina bifida, were linked to women with low levels of folate. But here’s the thing…
The link between neural tube defects and low folate was made in the 1960s. Almost 30 years before the U.S. Public Health Service made the recommendation!
Researchers knew about the problem
But doctors weren’t able to make the recommendation to women. And countless babies died or were severely disabled because of neural tube defects — a condition that could have easily been prevented. It’s heartbreaking.
And there’s another reason for concern. These general recommendations assume all women have the same needs. It’s a “one size fits all” approach. That doesn’t make any sense at all! Because we each have our own unique biochemistry.
You may know your biochemistry is the mix of all the compounds and chemicals in your body and how they interact with each other. Your biochemistry is responsible for everything your body does behind the scenes like digestion, regulating your reproductive system, and your metabolism. It even affects your mood and emotions. And one of the things that affects your biochemistry is your diet.
Now imagine one woman is very particular about what she eats… maybe a typical dinner for her is organic vegetables, wild caught salmon and quinoa. And for another woman it’s a greasy burger, large fries and 20 ounces of sugary soda.
After years of eating that way, how could those two women possibly have the same nutritional composition?
And yet we’re all given the same recommendation. And it’s based on what the “average” person needs. But think about what that means.
You may be following the recommendations but they could be completely wrong for you. In fact, they could actually cause you more harm than good.
You heard me right. You could be getting too much of some things and not enough of others because your biochemistry isn’t the same as anyone else’s.
Now that’s bad enough on its own, but when you’re pregnant, it could mean your baby isn’t getting what he or she needs to develop to his or her full potential.
And if you don’t know your unique biochemistry, you could have imbalances you’re not even aware of … imbalances you can pass on to your baby. How do I know? Because it happened to me.
My name is Samantha Gilbert. I’ve been a Nutritional Therapist since 2008. And I deal with the consequences of nutritional and biochemical imbalances in my practice every day. And because I was born with one, I know how debilitating they can be.
In my case it was copper toxicity. It was passed on to me by my mother.
Mom had too much copper in her body while she was pregnant with me. But it took years before I figured it out. And during that time, I dealt with terrible health and emotional problems. I’ll tell you about that in a moment, but I first want to tell you about the role copper plays in your pregnancy.
Why you need the right amount of copper
Research over the past 10 years shows there’s a direct link between copper levels and the long-term health of your baby.
Copper is essential for your baby’s prenatal development. It’s so important that the amount of copper in your body doubles while you’re pregnant.
Your baby needs copper to develop a healthy heart, blood vessels and nervous system. So low levels of copper can have serious, long term consequences for your baby. Some as serious as an increased risk of mental troubles, even schizophrenia.(1)
But we also know that too much copper during pregnancy can cause problems… problems such as restricting your baby’s prenatal growth, preeclampsia and neurological diseases. And as I experienced myself, too much copper can have detrimental consequences over the long-term.
As a young adult, I struggled constantly with my weight and developed an eating disorder. I suffered from anxiety and depression. I tried everything — diets, medication, therapy … nothing helped. It got so bad that when I was in my 20s, I didn’t want to go on living.
I finally learned I had copper toxicity. I got it from my mother while she was pregnant with me. But here’s the thing… it could have been prevented. A copper imbalance is one of the things you can easily correct before you get pregnant so you won’t pass it on to your baby.
Here’s the good news
We now know that the right nutrition can fix biochemical imbalances. And when you optimize your nutrition before and during pregnancy, it ensures your baby has the perfect prenatal environment to develop in.
Your baby will have the right nutrients available in the perfect amounts at every stage of his or her development.
That means the right amount of folate in the first weeks of pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects…
The right amount of copper that’s needed in the first trimester when your baby’s nervous system is developing…
And the right amount of vitamin D in the third trimester to develop strong, healthy bones…
This makes a difference in your baby’s life forever. It can impact your baby’s health and emotional state. It can even impact your baby’s ability to learn.
With the right prenatal environment to develop in, your baby will be born much better equipped to thrive and to deal with all of life’s challenges.
Unfortunately, most women lack the information they need to optimize their pregnancy. Don’t get me wrong… there’s plenty of information out there about nutrition.
What’s missing is information about your unique biochemistry.
It’s so easy to get (you’ll see in a minute). And what you find out can be life-changing.
When you know your unique biochemistry, you can easily create the optimal prenatal environment for your developing baby…
You’ll know what your copper and vitamin D levels are. You’ll know if you have enough iron for your baby to develop the neural connections needed to become a strong learner. And you’ll know if you have enough folate to prevent your baby from suffering from neural tube defects…
… or if you have too much folate, which is now linked to autism.(2)
You don’t need to know what the average woman needs — you need to know what you need so you can have the healthiest baby possible.
In my practice, I help women throughout their pregnancy to make sure they have the correct balance of nutrients to meet their developing baby’s needs. And if they get to me before they’re pregnant, I help them prepare their body for pregnancy by looking at their biochemistry.
This is vital if you have a biochemical imbalance. That’s why I was so glad Tara H. of Chicago, Illinois came to see me when she did in early 2016. Tara wanted a solution for symptoms she’d been struggling with for quite some time.
Tara often felt tired. She had issues with her menstrual cycle and suffered from PMS. Tara also told me that she and her husband Dan were thinking about starting a family. So the first thing I did was to find out her biochemistry. And given what we learned, I’m relieved we did.
If Tara had become pregnant and followed the typical recommendations, both Tara and her baby could have run into serious problems.
The dangers of unbound copper
Tara had a high level of unbounded copper – that’s what my mother had that led me to have all those problems I told you about earlier.
Copper likes to be attached to a protein. This helps it get to where it needs to go — it’s either absorbed into your cells where it’s used, or your body eliminates it.
If copper’s not attached to a protein, it’s called unbound copper — and it floats freely around your body. That’s not good. And it can cause a lot of problems during pregnancy – both for you and your baby.
I already told you about some of the problems I had from high levels of copper as an adult, but I didn’t tell you how much I suffered when I was little.
I had ear infections, skin conditions and colic. I also had trouble sleeping.
Pediatricians did what they could to relieve my symptoms. But if they knew about my unique biochemistry, they could have addressed the cause of my discomfort, instead of just trying to mask it.
For some children, a copper imbalance can cause other heartbreaking problems, too. Problems like learning disabilities such as ADD and ADHD, mental imbalances and even childhood cancers. (3)
Why prenatal supplements make it worse
Now here’s why it’s critical for you to understand your biochemistry before taking any kind of prenatal supplement. (And why I’m so glad Tara found out her biochemistry before she got pregnant.)
When you look at prenatal supplement labels side by side, you can see they don’t all have the same vitamins, minerals and nutrients. I just did a quick online search for “the best” prenatal supplements and take a look at the difference in these three:
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Do you see how they each have different ingredients and in some cases different amounts?
It’s so confusing! And get this…
If Tara had followed the advice doctors normally give, she could have been in BIG TROUBLE.
Because as I said earlier, most doctors are trained to advise women to take a prenatal supplement that includes folate.
So Tara would have carefully looked for folate when she read the labels. She wouldn’t have known to check for copper. Some prenatal supplements have copper in them, and others don’t. Here’s the copper levels in the 3 supplements you just saw:
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And Tara’s copper levels were so high that she had to avoid copper at all costs.
It was critical that we get her copper to normal levels before she became pregnant. So once we knew Tara’s biochemistry, I was able to give her specific recommendations on what to eat and what to avoid to balance her copper.
Tara followed my guidance. And over the course of several months, she found she had much more energy. She was sleeping more soundly. And she had a dramatic decrease in her PMS symptoms.
And I’m happy to say that in April, Tara and Dan became the parents of a beautiful, healthy baby boy!
For Tara and me, the biochemical imbalance was copper. But there are other kinds of imbalances, too. For example, not enough iron and your baby’s brain may not develop to its full potential… but too much and you risk developing gestational diabetes or miscarrying…
Not enough zinc and your baby may be born small and not grow to his or her full genetic height… but too much zinc can cause unpleasant symptoms for you such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
And it’s so easy to avoid these problems! You just need to find out what your levels are now and if you have any imbalances that could create a problem for your baby during pregnancy.
By now you may be wondering why your doctor doesn’t look at your biochemistry if it’s so important… and so easy to do.
The fact is, the medical system addresses health problems
That means their entire business is about helping you after something’s gone wrong.
But wouldn’t you rather be warned about possible problems ahead of time?
Think about it… cars have warning lights that let you know if you’re getting low on gas or oil or if you need more air in your tires. That way you can take care of things before they turn into a problem, like getting stranded in the middle of nowhere or frying your engine because your car ran out of oil.
Mom-to-be, that’s exactly what knowing your unique biochemistry allows you to do, too. It’s like having warning lights to tell you if you have any biochemical imbalances before they become a problem for your baby.
And when you know your unique biochemistry, you know exactly what nutrients and how much your body needs to have the healthiest baby possible.
This is so important that I want every woman to have this information. Every mom-to-be should know what she needs to optimize her pregnancy – and her baby’s health for life.
That’s why I created Build-a-Bump.
Build-a-Bump gives you a way to see any biochemical issues you may have so you can fix them before you get pregnant. Plus, you’ll know the exact amounts of the critical key nutrients you need to ensure your baby has exactly what he or she needs — at exactly the right time.
Build-a-Bump is here to make it easy for you to make smart choices. You have enough to think about already!
Before Build-a-Bump, only people with a lot of money could afford this kind of concierge service.
Some people pay upwards of $1,500 on special tests to find out their biochemistry. But I don’t think it’s fair that only wealthy women have access to this kind of life changing information. I don’t want to see any child suffer what I did if they don’t have to. Every child should have the best possible chance to reach his or her full genetic potential… in every way possible.
So I created the Build-a-Bump Prenatal Panel. The Prenatal Panel gives you a clear understanding of everything you need to know about your biochemistry to optimize your pregnancy. With the Build-a-Bump Prenatal Panel, you’ll find out your exact levels of:
- Copper – Low copper levels can affect how your baby’s heart, blood vessels and nervous system develop. It can also cause defects in your baby’s connective tissue. And low levels of copper may cause spontaneous abortions.(4)But too much copper can be catastrophic, as you saw in my case. So the only way to know what you need is to know what your copper level is now.
- Iron – Research shows about 2 billion people worldwide are low in iron. And most of them are women and children. During pregnancy, iron is essential for healthy brain development. So it’s no wonder studies show infants born with low levels of iron have trouble learning in school later on.And sadly, the research also shows the problem can’t be fixed by getting iron levels up to where they should be after birth. (5) So your iron level during pregnancy is one of the factors that may influence what kind of learner your baby will grow up to be.But if you take too much iron while you’re pregnant, it could cause you to develop high blood pressure. And babies born to women with high blood pressure are often smaller than they should be for their age.That’s why you need to know what your iron level is now.
- Zinc – This vital nutrient plays an important part in the functioning of over 300 enzymes. That means it’s involved in many aspects of your well-being.Babies need zinc to grow properly. Without enough zinc, your baby may be smaller and could possibly develop malformations including neural tube defects.Mothers with low levels of zinc are also at risk of early miscarriage or of going into labor prematurely. And they may have trouble breast feeding.
- Vitamin D – There is so much evidence now about the importance of proper amounts of vitamin D to ward off diseases. For your developing baby, vitamin D is essential for healthy bones. Without enough, your baby’s bones could be unusually soft and put your baby at risk for skeletal deformities. Low levels of D are also linked to developing severe asthma.But too much vitamin D has been linked to children developing food allergies, particularly to eggs, milk, wheat, peanuts, and soya beans. So you you need to find out your levels of vitamin D.
- Folate – I’ve already mentioned the risk of neural tube defects in babies whose mothers don’t have enough folate. That’s why many foods are fortified with folate – like cereals, bread, pasta, and other grains. It’s to make sure women have enough when their baby’s neural tubes develop in the first few weeks of pregnancy (before many women even suspect they’re pregnant).But the problem is that too much folate increases the risk of autism. And if you’re eating fortified foods PLUS taking folate in your supplements, you could be getting too much. That’s why it’s so important that you know your folate level before you take supplements.
In addition to knowing your levels of these important nutrients, the Prenatal Panel will also measure your cholesterol and triglycerides. Balance is important here, too.
Low cholesterol during pregnancy is tied to premature births. But if your cholesterol is too high while you’re pregnant, you could pass high cholesterol on to your baby. So it’s important you know what your levels are now.
When you know your unique biochemistry, it’s easy for you and your doctor to make the right choices for you.
You have the right to this important information
I know most women can’t afford to pay $1,500 to find out their biochemistry. And insurance won’t cover the Prenatal Panel (in spite of all the health problems it can prevent).
No, it’s not fair. Every woman has the right to this information so she can make the best decisions for her baby.
That’s why I’ve made Build-a-Bump’s Prenatal Panel available for a fraction of what it would cost to get each of these tests done on your own.
You’ll find out your exact levels of all the most important nutrients you need to optimize your pregnancy… and you’ll know if you have any biochemical imbalances — everything you need to know that your doctor won’t normally test for… copper, iron, zinc, vitamin D, folate, and your lipid panel.
And it won’t cost you anything near $1,500. It won’t even cost you $500. That’s still beyond what many women can afford.
In fact, you’ll get the Build-a-Bump Prenatal Panel for just $157 – that’s less than the cost of two months of diapers and wipes for your baby.
Order Your Prenatal PanelWhen you order the Prenatal Panel, you’ll be sent a special kit that you bring to a nearby lab. We work with over 3,500 labs around the country and we’ll send you the 5 closest to your zip code. In most cases, there will be one within 5-15 miles of where you live.
You just hand the lab your Build-a-Bump kit, they’ll take a small blood sample, and you’re done!
In 3-5 days, you’ll receive an email giving you a crystal-clear analysis of your unique biochemistry. You’ll also receive clear recommendations that you can discuss with your doctor. And together, you’ll be able to make the best choices for you and your baby.
That means in less than a week, you can start making the changes you need to. And you’ll be on your way to giving your baby the best possible environment to grow in.
The Build-a-Bump guarantee
You may be worried about your privacy. That’s why Build-a-Bump guarantees your personal information and your results will be kept 100% confidential.
We also guarantee your results and recommendations will be presented in a clear, easy to understand way. You can confidently show them to your doctor and have a meaningful conversation about what’s right for you.
Mom-to-be, this is the best opportunity you have to give your baby a head-start on life. When you optimize your pregnancy, you give your baby the remarkable ability to reach his or her full genetic potential.
To your healthy baby,
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