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Whilst pregnant, a nutrient rich, well balanced and healthy diet will help pregnant women get most of the vitamins and minerals needed.

Whilst pregnant, a nutrient rich, well balanced and healthy diet will help pregnant women get most of the vitamins and minerals needed. However, certain vitamins are recommended to supplement with during pregnancy at certain times in addition to the diet according to medical experts to contribute to a healthy pregnancy (make sure to always consult your GP for Prenatal advice/referral).

Ingredients to look out for that you may have seen recommended include (but not necessarily limited to):

Folic Acid

Folic acid intake is important during pregnancy as it helps in the prevention of birth defects including Spina Bifida and increases maternal folate status. Low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus.

Foods such as green leafy vegetables naturally contain Folic Acid and certain products may also have added Folic Acid however it is recommended that pregnant women supplement with Folic Acid too as it can be difficult to get enough Folic Acid from the diet alone.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D contributes to regulating the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body to keep are bones, teeth and muscles strong.\u00a0Although our body can synthesise vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight (particularly during the Spring/Summer months) it is not known exactly how much sunlight is required to get sufficient Vitamin D each day.

Various foods are fortified with Vitamin D including infant formula milk, certain breakfast cereals and non-dairy spreads for example.

It is advised that all pregnant and breastfeeding women should consider supplementing with Vitamin D, especially outside of the summer months.

Iron

Those who fall short of sufficient iron will likely become tired and possibly suffer from anaemia. Eating foods such as green leafy vegetables, certain nuts, meats and fruit can contribute to getting enough iron each day – many food products have added iron too.

If iron becomes too low, then your GP or midwife will likely advise iron supplementation.

Vitamin C

This vitamin contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system during and after intense exercise, to normal functioning of the nervous system, a reduction in tiredness and fatigue and can help protect cells.

DHA

This particular nutrient contributes to normal foetal brain and eye development contributes to the normal brain development of the foetus and breastfed infants and more.

For more information please check out the specific products available right here on Discount Supplements and always make sure to consult your GP for prenatal advice.



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