Sunday, 26 July 2015

Prenatal Vitamins

Wheatgrass, Chlorella, Baobab, Spirulina, Bee pollen...

These were some of the superfood supplements that made it into my morning green smoothie. Baobab kept me energised, wheatgrass promised me healthy skin, spirulina supported my immune system and so on. Pregnancy happened, then a trip to the GP changed everything, and I couldn’t find anything on the internet that said I could keep up with my supplements at all. The advice was conflicting and I couldn’t put my first child at risk, so I popped along to Boots to make a purchase of the ‘UK’s no.1 pregnancy supplement brand’ Pregnacare.

When you become pregnant, the 2 main vitamins that you are asked to take are 400mcg of Folic Acid (B Vitamin) and 10 mcg of Vitamin D; other vitamins and minerals should be easily sourced, so far as you have a healthy and balanced diet. One is advised to take folic acid every day during the first trimester, as it can help reduce the risk of a neural tube defects in your baby; and supplement the vitamin with foods rich in folate such as spinach, asparagus, broccoli, avocados and more.

Vitamin D is important, as it regulates the levels of calcium and phosphate in your body. As we know calcium and phosphates are vital in keeping both teeth and bones healthy. Usually 20 minutes of sunlight should be adequate in boosting Vitamin D stores, but with darker skin, like I have, I would have to spend a lot of time in the sun to generate an adequate amount of vitamin D. So, I supplement my fatty fish intake of salmon and tuna with Pregnacare, which contains the 10mcg I need.

See the formula for Pregnacare Max, is this the right one for you?

Others that have been recommended to me include:


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