A quality pregnancy multivitamin and mineral formula which includes not only folate but also the correct levels of iodine, zinc, selenium, calcium, magnesium and activated B vitamins is essential to provide mother and baby with all the nutrients that they both require for healthy development.
Another important nutritional component is omega 3 fatty acids, particularly Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which is one of the major building structures of the brain and central nervous system, and directly assists the development of the brain and nervous system in your baby. Continuing mum’s DHA omega 3 supplementation during pregnancy has been shown to support neurological, visual, and immune development, and decrease allergy in children.
During pregnancy a woman’s daily requirement for iron increases as iron plays a major role in forming haemoglobin which carries oxygen around the body and to the placenta, and enables both mother and baby to form new red blood cells. Even when a woman’s iron and ferritin levels are ideal prior to pregnancy, they can still quickly diminish during pregnancy and leave poor mum feeling fatigued, pale and low.
We regularly monitor iron and ferritin levels throughout pregnancy. If iron is required, we utilise an iron bisglycinate formula which is highly bioavailable to support iron and ferritin levels, and also much better tolerated than inorganic forms of iron, protecting against constipation and other digestive upsets.