Supplements in Pregnancy

A baby’s health is the result of the mother’s health and nutrition even as the baby becomes an adult. You believe it or not, a mother’s health impacts her grandchildren’s health also (if the child was a girl) because a woman lives her entire life with the same follicles or eggs with which she was born.

How to Keep Your Cells Healthy?

Every disease and health begins in a cell. Cells make tissues, tissues make organs and organs in turn make our body. When we keep our cells healthy, they return the favor by taking good care of our bodies and help us bring a new healthy life in this world. Our cells are made up of whatever we feed them with. That is why nutrition becomes all the more important in pregnancy.

No doubt, eating healthy is of utmost importance for pregnant women but getting all the needed life-sustaining minerals and vitamins from diet is impossible. 

Even if we take the case of the most health conscious pregnant woman who eats a variety of whole grains, organic foods cannot meet the given requirements of minerals and vitamins because our unsustainable agricultural practices have made our soil deficient in nutrients. So, when there aren’t any nutrients in our soil, how do you expect the nutrients to be in your food? Timely and proper supplementation is the secret for cellular health and proper development of a baby during pregnancy.

Which Nutrients are Required by Pregnant Women?

We all know pregnant women need more nutrients. These women need omega-3s found in fish oil for proper development of the fetal brain. Vitamins B are essential for energy metabolism and development of baby’s organs.

There is an increase of 50% in a pregnant woman’s blood. The increased red blood formation is supported by vitamin B6 and B12. Vitamin C creates collagen for tendons, skin, bone and cartilage while also helping in absorption of iron. Vitamin D helps in formation of healthy bones and teeth. According to some latest studies, it is also associated with healthy birth weight.

Vitamin A, preferably in the form of beta carotene, is responsible for baby’s development and growth, energy, immune system, and mother’s postpartum recovery. Folic acid is essential for proper neural tube development whereas iron transports nutrients and oxygen to the developing fetus. Iodine is useful in a baby’s cognitive development and maternal thyroid health. Calcium helps maintain the mother’s bone density and forms new teeth, muscles and skeleton. Magnesium is needed for absorption of calcium and fetal development. 

More nutritional demand is just one reason for proper supplementation. There are so many other reasons as well. Folic acid deficiency is related to early placenta detachment. Magnesium and calcium balances clotting and blood flow to manage or prevent hypertension caused by pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is linked with deficiency of chromium, vitamin E and vitamin C. 

How to Take Supplements During Pregnancy?

You will never eat all the food in a single day in one sitting. In the same way, there is no sense in taking a one-a-day vitamin. A body contains 100 trillion cells. 1billion cells are renewed every hour. In case, your body is unable to get micronutrients, the cells are ready to substitute. That is why you should take your vitamins in the morning as well as in the evening.    

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