ESSENTIAL KEY POINTS
These are the essential points, that must be considered and put into place during pregnancy.
- During pregnancy your baby would actually gets all the nutrients she needed from you. So you may actually need more nutrition during pregnancy than you actually did before pregnancy.
- Always Taking prenatal vitamins and eating a healthy foods can always help giving you all the nutrients you and your baby would need during pregnancy.
- Making sure your prenatal vitamin has much of folic acid, iron and calcium in it. Must also have the right amount of each of these nutrients.
- Talk to your provider to always make sure he/she get you enough vitamin D, DHA and iodine each and every blessed day.
- Don’t take any supplements or drugs without your provider’s OK or Go ahead, or better still permission.
Which nutrients are the most important and the most essential during pregnancy?
All or every nutrients are important, but there are some six nutrients that play a key role in your baby’s growth and development during pregnancy they include;
Folic acid is actually a B vitamin that every single cell in your body needs for healthy growth and development. Taking folic acid before and during early pregnancy can always help you prevent birth defects of the brain and spine called the neural tube defects, it is also called NTDs. Some studies also shows that taking folic acid may also helps prevent heart defects and also prevents birth defects in your baby’s mouth called cleft lip and palate.
Iron is an essential mineral. Your body uses and needs iron to make hemoglobin, it is a protein that helps carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest and vital part of your body. You may need twice as much iron during pregnancy than you need before pregnancy. Whenever you’re pregnant, your body always needs this iron to make more blood, so that it can always carry oxygen to your baby. Your baby always needs iron to make his own blood that he needs.
Calcium is a good mineral that helps your baby’s bones, teeth, heart, muscles and nerves develop. During pregnancy, you actually need 1,000 milligrams of calcium each and everyday. You can always get this amount by taking your prenatal vitamin and eating good food that has a lot of calcium in it. Good sources of calcium include:
Milk, cheese and yogurt, Broccoli and kale, Orange juice that also has calcium added to it, is also important.
4. Vitamin D
Vitamin D actually helps your body absorb calcium. It also helps your body’s nerves, muscles and immune system to work perfectly okay. Your immune system, it's what protects your body from infection. Your baby needs vitamin D to help his bones and teeth grow stronger.
During pregnancy, you need 600 IU i.e international units of vitamin D each and every new day. You can always get this amount from food or your prenatal vitamin. Good sources of vitamin D may actually include:
Fatty fish, like salmon, Milk and cereal also has vitamin D added to it.
DHA means docosahexaenoic acid. It’s a kind of fat called omega-3 fatty acid that always helps you with growth and development. During pregnancy, you actually need 200 milligrams of DHA each day to help your baby’s brain and eyes develop. Not every prenatal vitamins contain DHA, so always ask your provider if you need to take a DHA supplement. You can always eat foods that have DHA in them. Good sources of DHA may includes:
Fish that are low in mercury, like herring, salmon, trout, anchovies and halibut. During pregnancy you need to eat 8 to 12 ounces of these kinds of fish each and every week, Orange juice, milk and eggs also have DHA added to them.
Iodine is actually a mineral your body needs to make thyroid hormones. The thyroid is actually a gland in your neck, that makes hormones that will help your body use and store energy from food. You also need iodine during pregnancy to help your baby’s brain and nervous system to develop. The nervous system which includes brain, spinal cord and nerves, it helps your baby move, think and feel.
During pregnancy, you actually need 220 micrograms of iodine each and every day. Not all prenatal vitamins contain iodine, so make sure you check and eat foods that have iodine in them.
Good sources of iodine include:
Fish, Milk, cheese and yogurt, Enriched or well fortified cereal and bread, Iodized salt.. salt with iodine always add to it.