Choose the Right Vitamins during Pregnancy
You need to stay well nourished for your own health and that of the child developing within. Generally, the best way to get vitamins and minerals is by eating a varied diet of whole foods, one that includes an abundance of grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, food herbs, nuts, seeds, and, if you’re not a vegetarian, dairy and lean meats.
Although the National Academy of Sciences recommends that prenatal vitamins be prescribed on an individual basis, depending on a woman’s nutritional status, routine prenatal vitamins have become the standard of care. However, no amount of vitamin pills can substitute for a healthy diet.
A normal balanced diet will give you all the vitamin A that you and your baby need. Too much vitamin A may harm your developing baby. During pregnancy it is best if you:
Don’t eat liver, or liver products. (liver may contain a lot of vitamin A due to the type of food the animals have been fed on)
Don’t take any fish oil supplements.
Folic acid is necessary for DNA synthesis, and therefore critical in the development of all tissues, particularly those of the nervous system.
A good intake of vitamin B12 (or cobalamin) is particularly important during pregnancy – to make new cells (especially blood cells) and build a healthy nervous system. Vitamin B12 is found in Meat, fish, eggs milk etc.
The role of Vitamin C in keeping us healthy has been somewhat contentious recently as recent research has shown that very high doses of vitamin C (greater than 500mg daily) might actually be doing us more harm than good.
Vitamin D is sometimes called the sunshine vitamin because we can make it under our skin when exposed to light. Calcium and vitamin D are particularly important during pregnancy as they help your baby’s bones and teeth develop.