Food supplements during pregnancy!

Nutrition During Pregnancy

The increased amount of food as well as increased capacity for absorption of nutrients during pregnancy, making the diet of pregnant women is generally sufficient to cover the increased needs for energy and nutrients. Nevertheless, there are some nutrients, such as folic acid, calcium, and iron, for which appropriate additional administration through food supplements.



Folic Acid

The Recommended Daily Intake of fortified foods and food supplements is set at 600 micrograms per day. This is an especially important vitamin for the development of the nervous system of the fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Furthermore, they should be consumed foods rich in folic acid. Major dietary sources are green leafy vegetables, legumes, citrus fruits and whole grains. This is an especially important vitamin for the development of the nervous system of the fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Calcium

Recommended intake of 1000 mg of calcium daily. Ideal dietary sources of calcium are milk and dairy products. Good, non-dairy sources of calcium are sardines and small fish eaten with bones, broccoli and calcium-fortified foods. Women who do not consume dairy products because of allergy, intolerance, or for other reasons, may need to take a supplement of calcium and vitamin D.

Iron

The Recommended Daily Allowance for iron is set at 27 mg daily (60 mg if anemia). Its deficiency during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight infants, preterm birth and perinatal mortality. Iron supplements improve iron status of the mother and reduce the chances of problems in the fetus.

Multivitamin Supplements

Pregnant women are not adequately feed or follow strict vegetarian diets should take a multivitamin supplement. Since they can also benefit women who are pregnant two or more fetuses.

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