After confirm pregnant, the mother-to-be will go through numerous physical and hormonal changed during pregnancy. The mother must eat a healthy, balanced diet to ensure the baby gets sufficient nutrient.

The food that pregnant mother eat is the main source of baby’s nourishment, it is critical to consume food that is rich in nutrients. Taking proper nutrition can help promote baby’s growth and development. Basically, the pregnant mother is advised to take vitamins and supplements as according to her requirement or as recommended by doctors.

Below here are the vitamins and supplements that are recommended during pregnancy:

  • Folic Acid

Also known as folate, a vitamin B help to prevent birth defects in the baby’s brain and spinal cord (known as neural tube defects).

According to an organization, March of Dimes, recommends women who are trying to have a baby take a daily vitamin supplement containing 400 mg of folic acid per day for at least a month before becoming pregnant to prevent birth defects. During pregnancy, women are advised to increase the folic acid to 600 mg per day.

Food sources: Green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, bread and pasta, beans, citrus fruits.

Supplement recommended: Organic Ashitaba

  • Iron

Pregnant women need 27 mg of iron per day, which is double of non-pregnant women to make more blood to supply the baby with oxygen. Insufficient iron during pregnancy can lead to anaemia.

Good source of Vitamin C increases the absorption of iron as well.

Food sources: meat, poultry, fish, dried beans and peas, iron-fortified cereal.

Supplement recommended: Premium Organic Beet Root

  • Calcium

Calcium can build a baby’s bones and teeth. If a pregnant woman does not consume enough calcium, the mineral draws from the mother’s bones and gives to the baby to meet the extra demands of pregnancy.

Pregnant women age 19 and above need 1,000 mg of calcium per day.

Food sources: milk, yogurt, cheese, calcium-fortified juices and foods, green leafy vegetables.

Supplement recommended: Organic Ashitaba

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes wound healing, tooth and bone development, and metabolic processes. Pregnant women need to take at least 85 mg per day.

Food sources: fruits and vegetables

Supplement recommended: LiveAcerola C900

  • Protein

Protein is a “builder nutrient” because it helps to build important organs in the baby such as brain and heart. It also helps with breast and uterine tissue growth during pregnancy and increases blood supply to send more blood to the baby.

Food sources: beans, chicken, nuts, and milk

 

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