Should I take vitamin supplements during pregnancy?
It’s best to get vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, but much of the food we buy from the supermarkets is nutritionally depleted, so try to get organic where possible. When you are pregnant you will need to take some supplements as well, to make sure you get everything you need. It’s recommended that you take:
- 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day throughout your pregnancy – you should also carry on taking this after your baby is born especially if you breastfeed
- 400 micrograms of folic acid each day – you should take this from before you are pregnant until you are 12 weeks pregnant
Do not take vitamin A supplements, or any supplements containing vitamin A (retinol), as too much could harm your baby.
Why should you take Folic acid before and during pregnancy?
Folic acid is important for pregnancy, as it can help to prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects, including spina bifida. You should take a 400 microgram folic acid tablet every day while you are trying to get pregnant and until you are 12 weeks pregnant. If you didn’t take folic acid before you conceived, you should start as soon as you find out that you are pregnant.
Try to eat foods that contain folate (the natural form of folic acid), such as green leafy vegetables and brown rice. Some breakfast cereals and some fat spreads such as margarine have folic acid added to them but often they can be full of sugar too. It’s difficult to get the right amount of folate recommended for pregnancy from food alone, which is why it is important to take a folic acid supplement.
A few women require a higher dose of folic acid, and your GP or midwife may also recommend additional screening tests during your pregnancy.
What about Vitamin D during pregnancy?
Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones and teeth healthy.
You need to take vitamin D during your pregnancy to provide your baby with enough vitamin D for the first few months of its life. You should take a supplement of 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day when you are pregnant and afterwards if you breastfeed.
In children, not having enough vitamin D can cause their bones to soften and can lead to rickets (a disease that affects bone development in children).
Vitamin D can be found naturally in oily fish (such as salmon, mackerel and sardines), eggs and meat. Some manufacturers add it to some breakfast cereals, soya products, some dairy products, powdered milk, and fat spreads such as margarine. It is difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone.
Our bodies also make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to summer sunlight. The amount of time you need in the sun to make enough vitamin D is different for every person, and depends on things such as skin type, the time of day and the time of year. However, you don’t need to sunbathe: the amount of sun you need to make enough vitamin D is less than the amount that causes tanning or burning.
If you have darker skin (for example, if you are of African, African Caribbean or south Asian origin) or always cover your skin when outside, you may be at particular risk of vitamin D deficiency. Talk to your midwife or doctor if this applies to you.
Can I buy any brand of supplements?
So many places sell supplements nowadays from pharmacies, health food shops to supermarkets, or your GP may be able to prescribe them for you. You will get what you pay for, if you buy a low cost supermarket brand you may find a lower dose of the vitamin you need. There are no uniform rules for the manufacturing of the supplements, which means that vitamins from different companies could be manufactured differently. What this means is that a multivitamin may not contain what the bottle says it contains (either less or more in terms of the dosage of the vitamins), it could be contaminated with something from the manufacturing plant, or it may have tainted ingredients
I recommend this combined supplement to my pregnant clients, it’s organic pharmaceutical grade and contains Folic Acid, vitamins A, C, D and E plus the B vitamins.
Nature’s Prenatal £22.95 (120 capsules)
Formulated for pre-conception and pregnancy. With 800mcg of Folic acid, it provides a balanced combination of vitamins and minerals to support the nutritional needs of both mother and baby. With Ginger root to help soothe
Formulated for preconception, pregnancy and nursing, with 800mcg of Folic acid, Nature’s Prenatal provides a balanced combination of vitamins and minerals to support the nutritional needs of both mother and baby.
An excellent daily multi vitamin that provides vitamins A, C D and E plus a range of B vitamins. Antioxidant vitamins A, C and E contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, the normal function of the immune system and a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
B vitamins contribute towards normal energy-yeilding metabolism, and the normal function of the immune and nervous systems. Vitamin D has a role in the process of cell division, and contributes to the maintenance of normal muscle and and bones.
Along with important minerals magnesium, iron, zinc and coppers, one tablet of this formula contains 800mcg of Folic Acid. It also contains Ginger root to help soothe the stomach.
It’s free of artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, sweeteners, sugar, yeast, gluten, lactose, milk, soya and wheat.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Red Raspberry £13.45 (100 capsules)
The leaves of this popular fruit plant are traditionally used for their vitamin C and high tannin content. Red Raspberry possesses astringent qualities and the leaves have been used by women for centuries for the reproductive system, especially during later stages of pregnancy to prepare for the birth.
The leaves contain Manganese, Iron and Niacin. Manganese contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism and to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Each capsule contains 360mg Red Raspberry leaves.
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