Nutrients and Vitamins In Early Pregnancy

Nutrients and Vitamins In Early Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a dream come true for many couples. However, pregnancy is only the beginning. In order to sustain it and to give birth to a healthy baby, you have to make sure you get the required nutrients. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Especially in your first trimester, you should be very careful about your diet and you should also take vitamin supplements if needed. This is because most of the organs of the baby develop during the first trimester and any deficiency may cause developmental defects.

Remember that everything you eat while pregnant determine your baby’s health. There are nutrients, for example, that regulate brain development. If you don’t take enough of these nutrients, your baby’s brain will not develop properly. Here are some vitamins as well as other nutrients that are a must during early pregnancy.

Folic Acid

This is extremely important and you must take enough folic acid through diet or through supplements. You will find many pills that have folic acid as well as many fruits and vegetables that contain the vitamin. Folic acid is important mainly because it plays a role in supporting the placenta.

Alongside, it makes sure that neural tube defects are prevented in the unborn baby. You should eat strawberries and oranges in fruits, and broccoli, spinach, and other leafy vegetables. Pulses also have folic acid.

If you are taking supplements, make sure you take multivitamins that have at least 400 mg. of this vitamin. Even if you don’t want to take multivitamins, make sure you take at least folic acid supplements during the first twelve weeks. You might even need a higher dosage based on your condition and medical history.

Vitamin D

You need at least 10 mcg. of vitamin D per day. Vitamin D is important because it plays a number of roles. Mainly, it caters to the regulation of other nutrient levels such as phosphate and calcium. These two nutrients are important for bone and teeth health.

Hence you should take vitamin D because it indirectly helps in the healthy development of bones and teeth. Vitamin D is not found in many foods. It is found in a few of them such as eggs and oily fish.

Most of the vitamin D in our body comes from the sun’s rays and if you are among those who always cover themselves up when they go out or barely go out at all, you might be vitamin D deficient. Find out and take the supplements if necessary.

Along with these vitamins, you also need a few other nutrients during your first trimester. They are mentioned as follows:

Iron

Iron is very important for hemoglobin production. As your baby develops, the demand of blood in your body increases. Only when you have sufficient iron in your body, will you able to meet those demands. Iron will make sure that your baby is not anemic and is not underweight at birth. Dried fruit, pork, beans, and beef are great sources of iron.

Calcium

Calcium, as aforementioned, is very important for bone health and teeth health. Alongside, this nutrient ensures the proper functioning of the nervous system, muscular system, and the circulatory system. Calcium is present in milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products.

Protein

Protein is necessary for proper growth of the baby. Protein also helps repair muscles and build them through the nine months. You should consume cheeses, nuts, beans, and lean meats for protein.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.