Are you taking enough?
Dietary supplements are a big thing nowadays and that’s not without cause. They help our bodies when food cannot. If you’re pregnant, we’ve got recommendations just for you.
Ideally, you will take these supplements at least three months before you are pregnant because the egg begins maturation approximately three months before it is released. It’s never too late, though. Add Pregnacare to your shopping list!
Folic Acid (5 mg / day) – This is probably the most important of all as it helps prevent neural tube defects. You may hear that you only need 400 micrograms, but that’s definitely not enough.
Vitamin D (600 IU / day) – Found only in a small amount of foods, this vitamin will regulate the levels of calcium and phosphate in the body, so you can keep your teeth and bones healthy.
Iron (27 mg / day) – Especially if you have anemia. It will also deliver oxygen to your little angel and make new blood cells for him or her. Feroglobin’s a great option.
Calcium (600 mg / day) – Helps build baby’s bones and prevents your bones from growing weak. Go for Caltrate 600 + D3.
Omega 3 (min. 200 mg / day) – You can also take fish oil because they’re mercury-free. Make sure you eat two portions of fish every week, one of which is oily.
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Vitamin A – This vitamin is not bad, but too much of it during pregnancy is harmful.
“Natural” doesn’t always mean it’s safe. Whether it’s safe to take a supplement depends on several factors, like its chemical makeup and the dose used. Some herbs like kava can harm the liver.
In the October issue, we’ve also covered supplements for people who work out on a regular basis. Get your own copy to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs. Find us at Danube, Manuel and Virgin Megastores.