During pregnancy there are some special vitamins and minerals that your body requires to look and feel your best and to give birth to a healthy baby. Here’s why each vitamin and mineral is necessary for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby.
If you’re generally feel low or if you feel that your skin is looking slightly pale, you may have iron-deficiency anemia. This is the most common medical complaint among pregnant women. The sources for iron include beef liver, calves’ liver, liverwurst, pate, chopped chicken liver, egg yolk, dried apricots, dry beans, spinach, kale and other green vegetables. Cooking in an iron skillet adds more iron to your food.
If you often get leg cramps during the pregnancy period, too little calcium in your diet or poorly metabolised calcium may be the reason. The sources of calcium are milk (both whole and skimmed), cheese, yogurt, buttermilk, butter cottage cheese, sour cream, ice-cream, etc. In fact, vitamin D (fish and cod liver oil) also help metabolise calcium. If this doesn’t help, please inform your doctor. In this case, he may prescribe some calcium tablets for you.
In order to keep your skin rosy and pretty during pregnancy, your eyes functioning properly, help ward off infection, and serve the needs of your growing baby, you will need to take in at least I, 000 milligrams of vitamin A each day. Foods rich in vitamin A include green leafy vegetables, whole milk, butter, margarine, eggs, yellow fruits and vegetables.
Well, vitamin C helps bind cells together, build collagen, and strengthen capillaries, which are under stress during this period. When you don’t have enough vitamin C in your body, your system is weakened and you bleed easily. Remember, vitamin C also helps fight infection. Sources of this vitamin include citrus fruits, berries, bananas, vegetables such as broccoli, green peppers, tomatoes, and white potatoes.
This is important for both, your health and beauty. The special pregnancy or prenatal vitamins provide some of the recommended daily allowances of vitamins A, D, E, C, folic acid, thiamin, minerals, calcium, iodine, and magnesium, as a supplement to your food.