ESSENTIAL VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS DURING PREGNANCY
Are you pregnant or planning to be? Just so you know that there are essential vitamins and supplements during pregnancy. There are certain vitamins and supplements you should take and those you shouldn’t because some does more harm than good.
In this article, we explore different vitamins and supplements that are essential and those you should avoid.
Vitamins are organic compound your baby needs to grow healthily. It is supplemented because your body cannot make them. There are also nutrients known as dietary nutrients that are taken in place of dietary deficiency.
We bring to you essential vitamins and supplements for a healthy pregnancy
1.Folic acid: helps prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida.
2.Iodine is very essential for the brain and nervous system development.
3.Iron prevents aneamia in the mother and improves weight in the child.
4.Vitamin B12 supports the development of the baby’s nervous system.
5.Vitamin D helps in forming and strengthening the skeletal system.
If you have a known deficiency for instance you’re a vegetarian your doctor can recommend certain vitamins for you.
The best is to get these vitamins and supplement from foods, and even if you’re taking multivitamins meant for pregnant women. It is still advisable to eat healthily, so if you’re pregnant, do not take any multivitamin, except one designed for pregnant women.
The following vitamins are not recommended in high doses;
Do not take the above vitamins as supplements and avoid foods high in Vitamin A like Liver and Pate.
Discuss with your doctor before taking any supplements.