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Which Nutrients Are Most Vital During Pregnancy?

All nutrients known to man are important and play important roles in keeping the human body healthy and in shape. But during pregnancy, the woman needs the following four major nutrients to keep her during and after pregnancy. These nutrients include; iron, folic acid, calcium, and DHA.

Folic Acid.

Every cell in the body needs folic acid which is a B vitamin to aid growth and development. Folic acid taken before and during pregnancy can help prevent childbirth defects of the brain and spine which are known as NTDs (neural tube defects). Research has shown that folic acid can help prevent heart defects and cleft lip in the baby’s mouth.

Before pregnancy, it is recommended that the pregnant woman takes a vitamin supplement that contains 400mcg of folic acid every day. And also during pregnancy, it is recommended to take a vitamin with about 600mcg of folic acid in it. Our supplement Pregnavit original which is made up of 21 vitamins and minerals supports healthy development before and during pregnancy.

Iron

Iron is a mineral that the body needs to produce hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. The pregnant woman needs twice the iron produced during pregnancy than before pregnancy. The body needs more blood to transfer oxygen to the baby inside the womb. The baby also needs iron to make its blood. Leafy green vegetables are said to be great sources of iron as well as lean meat, poultry beans, nuts, and dried fruits.

Calcium 

Calcium in the body of the baby helps build the bones, teeth, heart, and muscles. The body of a pregnant woman needs about 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day. Taking prenatal vitamins and eating foods that are rich in calcium can help the pregnant mother get the said amount of calcium each day. Some of the food that is rich in calcium includes; milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli, and kale. 

DHA 

Docosahexaenoic acid is a type of fat called omega-3 fatty acid that aids in growth and development. The pregnant woman needs more DHA to help develop her baby’s brain and eyes. It is recommended that women during their time of pregnancy need about 8 to 12 ounces of seafood that is low in mercury each week. Some great sources of DHA include; herring, salmon, trout, anchovies, shrimp, and tilapia.

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