There’s certainly no perfect formula for a healthy pregnancy, however there are a few vitamins, supplements and nutrients that deserve special attention. Some vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplements, which may surprise you, should also be avoided.
Here’s a breakdown of which supplements are believed to be safe to use during pregnancy, as well as why others should be avoided.
What are prenatal vitamins?
Prenatal vitamins are supplements designed to provide pregnant women with the vitamins and minerals they need to have a healthy pregnancy. Your doctor may advise you to take them before you start planning for a pregnancy and while you’re pregnant.
It’s always a good idea to eat a nutritious diet, but it’s more important during pregnancy. While prenatal vitamins aren’t intended to substitute a balanced diet, they can help fill in nutritional gaps by giving extra micronutrients that are especially important during pregnancy.
Which nutrients are most important during pregnancy?
The growth and development of your baby will be assisted by a nutritious pregnancy diet. Learn which nutrients you require the most and how to obtain them.
Although all nutrients are important, the following five are particularly important for your baby’s growth and development throughout pregnancy:
This vitamin (also known as Vitamin B) helps to minimise the chance of complications with your baby’s health during the first trimester. Taking folic acid during and during early pregnancy can help avoid neural tube abnormalities, which are birth malformations of the brain and spine.
Found in: Dark green vegetable such as spinach and lettuce, nuts and citrus fruits.
Calcium helps your baby’s bones, teeth, heart, muscles, and nerves develop properly. You require 1,000 mg of calcium every day when pregnant.
Your body will remove calcium from your bones and provide it to your baby if you don’t obtain enough calcium during pregnancy. This can lead to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis causes your bones to become thin and fragile, which can lead to fractures and breaks.
Found in: Milk, butter, and yoghurt, as well as broccoli and kale.
Vitamin D increases calcium absorption in the body. It also improves the function of your body’s neurons, muscles, and immune system. Your immune system defends you against infection. Vitamin D assists in the development of your baby’s bones and teeth.
Found in: Fatty fish, salmon.
To generate hemoglobin, your body will require twice as much iron as usual to deliver oxygen to your baby (red blood cells). It also helps with the weight and growth of your baby. One of the effects of not receiving enough iron is anemia, an iron deficiency. Your baby may be delivered early or underweight as a result of anemia.
Found in: Chicken livers, raisins, and lentils.
Omega-3 (fish oil)
It helps in the reduction of inflammation and the improvement of blood supply. Ensures consistent foetal development and may help to lessen the risk of preterm. Allergy risk in babies may be reduced.
Found in: Cold water fatty fish.
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