Am I getting the right nutrition for my baby?
What vitamins do I need for a healthy pregnancy?
Here’s the List of Essential Vitamins and Supplements for Pregnancy and Why You Need Them
- VITAMIN D DURING PREGNANCY IS ESSENTIAL FOR A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM, BABY’S BONE GROWTH, MOM’S BONE HEALTH, AND GLUCOSE METABOLISM. Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin and you need about 10 minutes a day of sunshine. But if you live in northern climates or you wear sunscreen, you’re not getting an adequate amount of D3. Prenatal vitamins will have about 400 IU and so you may need up to 4000 IU per day. You can have a simple blood test during pregnancy to see if you need more vitamin D in your diet. This is a supplement for pregnancy that is best gotten in pill form.
- IRON IN THE PREGNANCY DIET IS NEEDED TO HELP INCREASE HEMOGLOBIN OR OXYGEN CARRYING RED BLOOD CELLS. During pregnancy you are building 60% more blood than when you are not pregnant. If you are vegetarian or vegan, then you definitely need to supplement your pregnancy diet with some form of iron. Some suggestions for iron supplements are; Floradix (vegetarian), or Energizing Iron by Enzymatic Therapy (my first choice).
- PROBIOTICS DURING PREGNANCY HELP ENSURE YOU HAVE FRIENDLY/HEALTHY BACTERIA IN YOUR GUT. YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS PRIMARILY IN YOUR GUT. Probiotics strengthen your immune system and help with digestion by introducing and aiding friendly bacteria in the gut. It will help strengthen your baby’s immune system too. Even if you feel you are getting adequate nutrition in pregnancy, adding Probiotics may help keep colds and viruses at bay as well as help with digestion. Some studies have shown a decrease in preeclampsia, Group B strep, and gestational diabetes when pregnant women consume probiotics daily.
- PRENATAL VITAMINS CAN FILL IN ANY GAPS YOUR PREGNANCY DIET MIGHT HAVE. Taking your prenatal vitamins as an addition to your nutrition in pregnancy is a must. Even if you think you’re eating a balanced diet, you’re probably missing some important vitamins or minerals. So take your prenatal supplement for pregnancy, daily. New Chapter Prenatal Vitamins are great because they won’t bother your stomach.
Good nutrition in pregnancy affects your baby’s development, how your body grows your baby, and can even affect how your labor goes.