During pregnancy, you’ll have a lot of people telling you a lot of things about diet and nutrition and which supplements you should take. It’s true that when you’re pregnant, and your body is going through so many major changes, you may need some extra help in the form of vitamin supplements, but it’s unlikely you’ll need everything that you’re recommended.
To help you make the right choice, here are some of the most important supplements to support you and your baby through pregnancy:
Taking a good prenatal vitamin is a good way of ensuring that you get enough folate – something which can help to prevent birth defects like spina bifida. Ideally, you should be looking for a vitamin that contains at least 600-800 mg of folate daily.
Vitamin D is extremely important during pregnancy. If your levels are too low, it could increase your risk of a number of health issues including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes and giving birth to a child with a low birth weight. Taking approximately 2000 IU of vitamin D should be enough to lower your risk in most cases.
There are numerous Vitamin K2 benefits, but when you’re pregnant, it’s a deficiency in K2 that you should be concerned with because this has been linked to a number of awful birth defects. So, by ensuring that you get at least 90 mcg a day (or 75 mcg if you’re under 19), you can help to lower the chances of your child developing health issues in in utero.
When you’re pregnant, your immune system is not as capable of looking after you as usual. That’s why it’s a good idea to take probiotics to help it out. A good daily probiotic supplement may also help you with other common pregnancy health issues such as constipation, and it will ensure that your baby is exposed to a healthy dose of good bacteria when he or she is born!
Glutathione is an amazing antioxidant which, when it’s present in the placenta, helps to filter out pollutants before they get to that beautiful baby you’re growing, so that they’re, to some extent, protected from any nasties you take in.
Glutathione is also great at supporting immune function, which as I mentioned above, is important because the immune system is suppressed when you’re pregnant.
Taking an. Omega 3 supplement, ideally in the form of fish oil (flax oil is good for veggies), will help with your baby’s development, particularly in the brain department, and help you to have a healthy pregnancy because there is some good evidence to suggest that such supplements can help to minimize the likelihood of an early birth, and they will help to keep those baby blues at bay.
Don’t worry if this seems like a lot. If you can’t take everything on the list, then, unless your doctor says otherwise, topping up with a good prenatal vitamin will make a huge difference!
Disclaimer: You should always seek the professional opinion of your doctor before you add supplements to your diet, especially when you are pregnant.