The Vitamins & Nutrition You Need During Pregnancy
Balancing your nutrition for a healthy diet becomes even more important during your pregnancy
You’ve probably heard of the phrase “eating for two”, but in reality it’s all about “nutrition for two” – by adjusting your intake of vitamins and minerals, you can nurture your growing baby whilst meeting your body’s changing demands!
Here we break down the most essential vitamins and minerals that matter to your body during pregnancy on a daily basis, whether that’s diet or supplements.
Always check with your doctor regarding doses and safety if you are considering taking any supplements during pregnancy.
Folic acid / Vitamin B-9
Strengthen baby’s development in the early weeks of pregnancy
400 micrograms (mcg) per day Or lentils, broccoli, peas and leafy green vegetables
Boost immune function, bone health, and cell division
10 milligrams (mg) per day
Or oily fish, cheese, red meat, egg yolks
Help your baby’s bones and teeth grow
1,000 milligrams (mg) per day Milk (or soya drinks with added calcium), cheese, yoghurt, tofu
Aid bone growth, collagen production and immune system function
70 milligrams (mg) per day
Or oranges/orange juice, fresh fruit and vegetables
An extra boost…
Small doses of the following are proven to be beneficial during pregnancy
• Fish oil or iodine