What Type Of Supplements Should I Take While Pregnant?

It’s hard when you’re a first time pregnant person. You’ve never been responsible for anyone’s health buy your own. Now, not only are you eating, and taking supplements for yourself, you’re also getting these supplements in your body for the sake of your baby. Your doctor will most likely educate you on the supplements you need to take during pregnancy; but this education doesn’t always stick in our brains. It’s important to remember, and have a reference to all the supplements that need to be ingested during pregnancy.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is extremely important when it comes to the health of your baby. Folic acid is actually needed to properly uptake certain vitamins. It may not seem like a big deal right now, but taking your folic acid supplement can prevent spina bifida.

Spina bifida will have a devastating effect on your baby if it develops. It’s basically a whole in the spine. Most babies who suffer from this condition are unable to walk. They will never be able to run around and play with their friends. This can all be avoided by taking a simple supplement. Exceeding the amount of folic acid that’s recommended will not make it work any better. Also, there’s no grantee that your baby will be born without spina bifida, even if you do take the supplements.

Iron

Iron deficiencies are extremely common during pregnancy. A lot of women develop them because they are now forced to share blood with their fetus. An iron deficiency can leave you feeling tired and warn out all day. Luckily, there’s something you can do about it.

First of all, make sure you aren’t taking an obsessive amount of iron. Taking too much iron could lead to toxicity. Check your multivitamin to make sure it lacks iron before taking an iron supplement. You should also check any other supplement you have just to be safe. An iron toxicity could put both you and your baby in danger.

If you’re a vegan, or just someone who hates red meat and green vegetables, you need to be taking an iron supplement. Your red blood cells use iron to brag onto oxygen. If there isn’t enough iron in your blood, oxygen is not being properly transported though your body. It’s obvious that the proper transfer of oxygen’s important to fetal health.

Vitamin C

Make sure you are taking plenty of vitamin C while pregnant. This with strengthen the immune system of you and your baby. There’s nothing worse then being sick while pregnant. Plus, if the illness is severe, it could put your pregnancy at risk.

Vitamin C is also known for it’s effect to minimize gestational hypertension, which can lead to an uncomfortable feeling in the tummy, especially while pregnant. In several studies, vitamin C has been shown to prevent low birth weight. Of course, this does not mean you can smoke.

The B Complex

The B vitamins are extremely important for pregnancy. A lot of hormones, the feel good hormone serotonin, is effected by B vitamins. This can be an extremely useful thing to remember when suffering through pregnancy mood swings. E vitamins have been shown to have the same effect as vitamin C when it comes to preventing gestational hypertension.

Missing the B complex from your diet is also associated with cardiac problems in your baby. Women who aren’t getting enough B vitamins have a higher chance of giving birth to a baby with cleft pallet. In addition, not receiving your B vitamins can cause neural tube defects.

Calcium And Vitamin D

We all want our babies to have strong bones when they come out and greet us. That’s something we can make happen when we’re taking a proper Calcium and Vitamin D supplement. The recommendation for vitamin D, and calcium, go up during pregnancy for a reason. They promote the health of your babies teeth, and bones.

Osteoporosis is sometimes onset during pregnancy. This can be even more of a reality with women who get pregnant while they’re older. You won’t develop real osteoporosis until you’re older; but preventing it starts with taking care of yourself now. Make sure you’re taking a calcium supplement at least. Vitamin D can be easily gained from going into the sunshine.

DHA

DHA is a known requirement for the brain development of babies. It’s highly recommended during pregnancy because it can prevent mental disabilities, and ultimately achieve a smarter, healthier baby. Vision is a major aspect of our brains. You’d be surprised by how much of your brain is completely committed to the ability to see. Eye sight troubles are often caused by a deficiency of DHA.

DHA is omega-3, so taking some fish oil everyday will give you enough to support the health of your babies brain. You can also choose to get the omega-3 from eating fish. Some species of fishes aren’t recommended during pregnancy; it’s always wise to ask your doctor about this.

Take The Right Multivitamin

If you’re going to take a multivitamin, you should make sure that it’s one meant for pregnant women. It will most likely contain the recommended amount of calcium for pregnant women, and so on. It’s important to read every ingredient on the list. That way, you’ll know not to buy something the vitamin supplement already contains.

Vitamins For Fertility

If you aren’t pregnant, but are interested in becoming pregnant, you should take all the vitamins that a pregnant women takes. That way, you’ll already have a nice supply for your baby. Plus, having all the nutrients available to support a pregnancy will increase your bodies ability to get pregnant. The added benefit of folic acid making your hair grow isn’t too bad either.

Give Your Baby The Best

Having a good pregnancy matters just as much as being a good parent. Remember that your pregnancy will either have a positive or negative effect on your babies health or the rest of his or her life. It’s important to keep that in mind when you’re getting sick of keeping track of all the vitamins.

 

Side note: If you need more information on prenatal vitamins and fertility, you should definitely check out this post.