What Are The Right Food Supplements and Vitamins During Pregnancy?

John Gray

There's no magic formula for a healthy pregnancy diet. In fact, during pregnancy the basic principles of healthy eating remain the same — get plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. However, a few nutrients in a pregnancy diet deserve special attention.

A healthy pregnancy diet will promote your baby's growth and development. In this video blog, I try to help you understand which nutrients you need most and where to find them. Even if you eat a healthy diet, you can miss out on key nutrients. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin, starting three months before conception, helps to fill gaps in your diet. When considering these herbal supplements during pregnancy, it's a good idea to consult your health care provider first.

Every pregnant mother needs a generous amount of protein to ensure their baby's growth, especially during the second and third trimesters. Most pregnant mothers require at least 70 grams of protein each day during pregnancy. Good sources of protein include lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Another fantastic source of lean protein is the Super Foods Shake for Women. Starting off each morning with a shake and vitamins is a great way to start the day.

B-Vitamins, folate in particular, help prevent neural tube defects, serious abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord. Lack of folate in a pregnancy diet may also increase the risk of low birth weight and preterm delivery. The synthetic form of folate found in supplements and fortified foods is known as folic acid. Pregnant mothers need 800 microgams of folate or folic acid a day before conception and throughout pregnancy.

Good sources of folic acid are found in fortified cereals, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, and dried beans and peas. 

Another essential nutrient during pregnancy is calcium. Calcium builds strong bones and teeth and helps your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems run normally. Most pregnant moms should get at least 1,000 milligrams a day. (Pregnant teenagers need 1,300 milligrams a day.)

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