What a woman eats and drinks during pregnancy is her baby's main source of nourishment. So, experts recommend that a mother-to-be choose a variety of healthy foods, beverages and supplements to provide the important nutrients a baby needs for growth and development.
A pregnant woman needs more calcium, folic acid, iron and nutrients than a woman who is not expecting,Here is why these 3 supplements pregnant women should be taking during pregnancy and why.
Folic acid, or folate, prevents the risk of your baby being born with a neural tube defect, like spina bifida. Ideally, women should take folic acid from before they plan to become pregnant, right through the first trimester.
Iodine is essential for your baby’s brain development and nervous system. Women should take iodine supplements, and eat iodine rich foods like seafood, iodine fortified bread and iodised table salt, throughout pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
Your body requires increased iron during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about checking your iron levels, and eat plenty of iron rich foods while you are pregnant. Foods with vitamin C will help your body absorb iron.
Pregnant women should aim to get as many needed nutrients from their diet as possible, and talk to their doctor before adding any other supplements to their routine.