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Rhonda Patrick’s Pregnancy + Baby Recommendations

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This list is to track Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s pregnancy and baby recommendations.

Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s pregnancy and baby supplements:

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:

Third Trimester:

  • Same as the above regimen, but added probiotics, specifically Visbiome Probiotic sachets (for clarity, not taken during the 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 bis-glycinate

Breastfeeding Supplement Regimen:

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. The 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

Image of Medical Professional Transferring Blood into Storage Bags.Large Stainless Steel Storage Tanks with words LifeBank USA on them

LifeBankUSA provides a way to store and ship your newborn child’s umbilical 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, anemias, lymphomas, bone marrow cancers, brain tumors, 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 clinical 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 owns a patent on placenta blood extraction. The benefit of this extra extraction is 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, amongst other things, how you can save between 5x & 7x more stem cells by using the placenta.

Heart Rate Monitoring – via Owlet Smart Sock

Image of Owlet Baby MonitorOwlet Baby Monitor on Baby's Foot.

The Owlet Smart 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 child’s vitals dip during sleep.


  • The 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
  • The 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

Video Image of Baby Sleeping in Crib on Back.Camera and Smartphone as Part of Baby Monitoring System.Camera Stand Mounted Against Bare Wall.

This recommendation for the Nanit Smart Baby Monitor comes via Rhonda’s public Patreon post. The Nanit is like a regular baby monitor but on steroids. It composes of:

  • 5.5′ floor stand, with an 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 the background whilst using a phone for other things

So essentially, once you have the camera set up by the baby’s 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

Woman Cleaning Smart Scale with Wipe.Baby Strapped in Smart Scale with Mother Changing Diaper.Baby and Mother Smiling With Image of IPhone App Showing Weight Data

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 the 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 weighing scales that lets you track everything yourself.

Functionality includes:

  • The software lets you track the babies weight, how often it’s feeding, and even helps you count diapers
  • The scales itself doubles as a smooth, clean baby changing facility
  • The scales have 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

Image of Bottle of Baby's Super Daily D3Image of Box and Bottle of Kid's Super Daily 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.

Carlson’s D3 drops contain 400IU per drop, and 365 drops per bottle. This info comes via her post on Instagram.

Breastfeeding Probiotics

Box of Visbiome High Potency ProBiotic

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.

If you enjoyed this article on Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s pregnancy and baby product recommendations visit these pages to learn more about Dr. Rhonda Patrick’s other recommendations view these articles:

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  • Thanks for this. How come the link to the Thorne prenatal goes to a Nature’s Made prenatal? Can you clarify was she taking a Thorne multivitamin or the Thorne prenatal or this Nature’s Made product?


    • Hi – yes can confirm Rhonda was taking the Thorne Prenatal. It’s possible Amazon is redirecting to a different product because you’re outside of the USA, and your local Amazon domain doesn’t stock the Thorne Prenatal.

  • You link to the wrong product for the probiotic. Rhonda is ordering the packets but the picture of the bottle next to her photo right above this, is of the capsules and the links all go to Amazon capsules not packets. You should probably remove that image as it’s misleading and link to the correct product from the manufacturer’s site. In turn, I’ve now ordered the wrong product (the capsules) and now don’t know how many to take according to Rhonda’s recommendations. Hoping this doesn’t happen to others.

  • I could not find the podcast where Dr.Rhonda Patrick talks about Norwegian Pure 3. She talked about the importance of NSF certification and Nordic Natural because it is NSF certified in Tim Ferris Podcast.
    Do you know which podcast did she talked about Norwegian Pure?

  • Please could someone clarify if taking probiotics during the 1st and 2nd trimester is dangerous, as in this article it is specifically clarified that it is only advised to be taken in the third. I cant think of any reason not to take them during the first and second trimester.

  • I’m curious if Dr. Patrick has recommendations for vitamin supplements for children? I found this list very helpful while pregnant/nursing. I’d love to see young children recommendations if this exists.

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