Healthy Pregnancy: Critical Vitamins and Supplements

Although it’s always important to ensure your body is getting what it needs, getting the right vitamins during pregnancy is absolutely critical. Here are the most important dietary supplements you should be taking for you and your growing baby.

Why Supplement During Pregnancy?

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Among the many physical changes that occur in your body during pregnancy will be changes in the number of nutrients you will need. Because your body must now nourish two, it will need more macro- and micronutrients. Macronutrients include fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and micronutrients are trace elements, minerals, and vitamins.

All of these will support both your health and your baby’s growth if your diet, physical make-up, and the presence of certain pregnancy conditions don’t allow you to obtain them all from the food you eat.

Meet the Increased Demand for Nutrients

During pregnancy when the body needs more nutrients, a healthy diet and good prenatal vitamins can give your body what it needs. Ideally, you should begin taking these formulations at least three months before you conceive, as well as throughout your pregnancy and lactation period. Your diet and supplements should contain the following important nutrients:

Iron

More iron is needed during pregnancy to support the baby’s brain development. In addition, the baby will start storing iron in the third trimester so that it has what it needs for its first six months out of the womb. This nutrient can be found in oatmeal, grains, red meat, and spinach. Twenty-seven grams per day is the recommendation.

Vitamin D

A fat-soluble vitamin, vitamin D is necessary for the cell division process, as well as for bone health and immune function. Because it’s such a benefit to both the mother and baby, it’s important to take the right amount. It is important to speak to your doctor about testing and proper supplementation. Six hundred IUs to a maximum of four thousand IUs daily from the sun, nutritional supplements, and foods like fatty fish and milk are all viable sources of vitamin D.

Folic Acid

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Folic acid helps to prevent conditions like spina bifida in your baby, and it supports the placenta. In addition to ensuring you consume enough foods like pasta, oranges, spinach, beets, and beans,  you’ll want to look for folic acid in your supplement as well. You’ll need between 400 and 800 mcg to a maximum of 1000 mcg daily.

Calcium

Calcium assists with the healthy formation of teeth and bones, as well as with nerve function and muscle operation. Dark green leafy vegetables, cheese, milk, and yogurt can help to provide the required amount of 1,000 to 1,300 mg daily for pregnant women.

In addition to supplementation, you’ll also want to ensure continued immune system health with probiotics. Vitamin C is another excellent way for both you and baby to build your immune systems, as well as help thousands of the body’s processes.

Forrest Health’s high-quality herbal supplements contain natural ingredients to nourish and enhance the health of you and your baby. Call to ask about the best supplements for a healthy pregnancy: 1-408-354-4262.

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