Genuine nutrition for your body
Having a baby is a very important decision in your life. So before getting pregnant you should visit a doctor and have pre-conception advice which includes information about folic acid and vitamin D supplements, very important for your future baby.
Anyway, remember that abtenatal vitamins don’t take place of healthy eating or living.
In some places, pregnant women receive the antenatal vitamins for free. The scheme contains vitamin C, vitamin D and folic acid. Check woth your GP or midwife if you get free vitamins.
The folic acid is the essential element in development of neural tube of the baby, that is the structure that forms brain and spinal cord of the baby. Lack or small quantities of acid folic in mother’s diet can go to birth defects, like spina bifida – buy genuine supplements. If you are planing to get pregnant you should take 400 micrograms daily and after conceveinf for at least 12 weeks of pregnancy. You should talk to your doctor about the quantity that you should take. The dose that you get it depends on your health histoty and also of your partner history. Some women have a bigger dose decided by their GP on this history and age.
Vitamin D is important in baby developing healthy bones and teeth. All pregnant and breastfeeding women should take vitamin D supplements and especially some categories of women like those:
- Darker skin women;
- Women with limited sun exposure;
- Women who eat a diet low on vitamin D;
- Women with obesity before pregnancy (which have BMI 30 or more);
- Very young women or teenagers.
Pregnant women should not take vitamin A supplements because they could harm the baby. Also non anaemic women shoud not take iron supplements – buy genuine supplements. All the medicines that you take while you are pregnant should be taken after the advice of a doctor. You should check the dosage and the pills not to harm your baby.
As you know having a baby is a hard and important decision and it should be taken after you have talked with your partner and your GP.
Take care of you and have a healthy diet and life during your pregnancy in order to have a haelthy and happy baby.