|Posted by Prenatal Health on February 4, 2012 at 2:30 AM|
Most educated people understand the importance of a pregnant mother eating a healthy diet for the purposes of good nutrition and overall health of both the mother and her baby. However, there are a handful of vitamins and minerals which each play a significant role in determining both mom and baby's health, and in many cases diet alone cannot provide adequate levels of these nutrients.
By: David Lanier
A woman becoming pregnant can be the most exciting and life changing event in her life as well as for her family and loved ones. Just knowing that a new life is growing inside of her can bring up all kinds of dramatic realizations on how to care for her unborn baby as well as herself in the best and caring way possible.
Support from family and loved ones can play a very crucial role in the woman's psychological well being as well as her good health, before and during her pregnancy. There are also various pregnancy support resources available on the web for women whose families are not supportive for whatever reason.
One of the first and most important things to consider is her overall health before she becomes pregnant, and during the first trimester of her pregnancy, because this is very crucial to the baby's overall development and good health.
The best thing to do is to consult your gynecologist or your family practitioner right away for the best prenatal vitamins and health advice. These are extremely important because they provide essential nutrients for her and the unborn child, when taken along with a healthy diet. Prenatal vitamins taken by the mom-to-be will not provide all the nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
While a healthy diet and vitamins are always essential to good health, there are five in particular for which a strong argument can be made that the five are of utmost most important during pregnancy. These are calcium, iron, vitamin D, zinc and of course folic acid.
Folic acid is important for normal growth, in the synthesis of DNA and the metabolism of proteins. It can drastically decrease the chances of your baby being born with severe birth defects.
Folic acid is a B vitamin that gives extra blood that is needed for the body during pregnancy. It is abundant in green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, pasta, rice, bread and also citrus fruits. It can also be found in vitamin supplements and other assorted food grains.
Also very important is the high intake of iron, which can reduce the chances of developing anemia caused by iron deficiency during the pregnancy.
Calcium is another nutrient that is important in preventing the loss of your bone density because the unborn baby uses the mineral for their own bone development.
Vitamin D3 works with calcium to help prevent the loss of bone density while building strong bones in the baby. It also helps to boost the immune system of both mother and child.
Vitamin D supplements taken by the mother during pregnancy may help to reduce the risk of her baby being born with or developing allergies, autism, ADHD, diabetes, obesity and possible others.
Zinc is more important for mothers outside of the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia/New Zealand (the developed world) than it is for women who reside in these countries, although it is still an important nutrient for all pregnant moms.
A Peruvian study showed that mothers taking zinc supplements during pregnancy had lower infant mortality rates than did women who were not given the zinc supplements.
So, you can see why a healthy diet before and during your pregnancy, along with the proper prenatal vitamins taken on a daily basis can insure and increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby, insuring you have a happy and joyous new addition to your family.
Categories: Nutrition and Pregnancy