Pregnancy and motherhood:
For women, becoming pregnant and motherhood is one of the greatest joys of life and taking of oneself in these days is of utmost importance. It is also important to get adequate rest and nutrition. Also, a growing baby needs a proper set of vitamins. Since for many of you this is new information, I’ll tell you about 6 important vitamins you need for a baby inside you.
Folic acid helps prevent neural tube birth defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord. Neural tube defects develop in the first 28 days after conception, before many women know they are pregnant. Because about half of all pregnancies are unplanned, it’s recommended that any woman who could get pregnant take 400 micro grams (mcg) of folic acid daily, starting before conception and continuing for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin from a group of fat-soluble pro hormones. Vitamin D and pregnancy are important together. Expecting mothers need to make sure they get the recommended amounts of vitamin D during pregnancy for both their own well being and the healthy development of their baby. The most significant compounds for human development are D2 and D3.
Both you and your baby need vitamin C daily because it’s necessary for the body to make collagen, a structural protein that’s a component of cartilage, tendons, bones, and skin. Based on animal studies, some researchers believe that vitamin C deficiencies in newborn babies can impair mental development.
Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is essential for tissue repair, wound healing, bone growth and repair, and healthy skin. Vitamin C helps your body fight infections and acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.
Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, especially from vegetarian sources.
Thiamine (also known as thiamine or vitamin B1) enables you – and your baby – to convert carbohydrates into energy. It also helps your nervous system, muscles, and heart function normally and is essential for your baby’s brain development.
Vitamin E helps to give cells their structure. And with your baby growing and developing at a rapid rate, it is an important nutrient to include in your pregnancy diet. Learn how much you need during pregnancy, and why food sources are the best way to get your recommended daily amount.
Riboflavin, or vitamin B2, is an essential vitamin that helps your body produce energy. It promotes your baby’s growth, good vision, and healthy skin. Riboflavin is also essential for your baby’s bone, muscle, and nerve development.
There’s some evidence that women who don’t get enough riboflavin may be at greater risk for preeclampsia. Be safe always, even more so when there is a life growing inside you. Be safe, be healthy.