When a woman is pregnant, her nutritional needs increase. A healthy
mother means a healthy baby. It is extremely hard to cover the increase
in nutritional needs through diet alone during pregnancy. This is why
there are pregnancy vitamins available to support both the mother and
the baby’s needs. Without the proper nutrients, the baby’s health and
also the mothers could be at risk.
Folic Acid – helps prevent neural tube defects that commonly affect the baby’s brain
and spinal cord. This can also be found in green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, beans and nuts.
Iron – Supports the blood that carries oxygen to the mother’s cells and the developing baby.
Iodine – promotes healthy thyroid function while the mother is pregnant. In extreme cases Lack of
iodine can halt the baby’s physical and mental growth and may even rthe resultin miscarriage and stillbirth.
Calcium -supports development of the baby’s bones. Taking an adequate amount of calcium is important for the mother to support her bone density.
Folic acid is important before and during pregnancy. Folic acid should
be taken every day while trying to get pregnant until you are 3 months
pregnant. After giving birth, it is recommended to continue taking
prenatal vitamins especially if you are breastfeeding.
Are you confused about pregnancy supplements? Come and see one of our Treatment Optimisation Pharmacists for Free advice about pregnancy supplements. We can also keep an eye on any prescriptions you have to make sure there are no interations.