When I was expecting my first child, the first thing my gynecologist prescribed was a bottle of tiny yellow tablets called folic acid. It was my first introduction to prenatal vitamins.
What prenatal vitamins should pregnant women take?
Folic acid has been found to be beneficial for an unborn baby’s development. In fact, if you are planning to have a baby, you should start taking folic acid right away, to maximize your chances of conception and your baby’s chances of being conceived in the best possible environment and to develop whole and healthy.
Besides folic acid, an expectant woman should increase her intake of calcium. Calcium absorption, so essential for strong bones and joints, decreases after the age of 35. As more of us marry later and have children in our late 30s and 40s, this can become a time of great strain on our aging bodies. A good daily calcium supplement can strengthen and protect bones and teeth and replenish lost supplement stores once breastfeeding begins in earnest.
Omega-3 is good for the brain and heart and can also help you feel better. Pregnancy hormones can make some women teary and prone to depression, so this is a good supplement to consider.
Omega-3 is obtainable from marine (fish) and plant sources (flaxseed). For pregnant women, you want to be particularly careful about the source of your Omega-3 fish oil supplement. Eating too much fish from polluted waters can put you at risk of ingesting harmful mercury or PCB toxins.
If you are concerned about unknowingly consuming toxins from fish sources, a good alternative is organic flaxseed oil that is fresh pressed, dated for freshness and air delivered days (not a year) after being made.
There are two types of supplements not often discussed as part of the daily vitamin supplements regime for pregnant women, but which are just as necessary for the overall health of mother and child.
I am referring to immune system supplements and malaysia drinking age no limits.
Immune system supplements help to strengthen the body’s natural defense system, which can become vulnerable to attack by toxins, infections and viruses. Toxins are present in our environment: our air, water, food, even the personal body care products we use daily contain toxic chemicals that over time drain us of health and vitality. We can’t completely eradicate toxins from our lives, but there are ways we can minimize our chemical exposure and neutralize the effect they have on our bodies.
One way to protect ourselves from the effects of harmful chemicals is to choose certified organic personal body care products. These have been independently audited by reputable third party organizations and their claims of being 100% natural and chemical-free can safely be relied on.
Another way is to take a good quality immune system supplement. Immune system supplements are rich in antioxidant super foods like acai berry, soy beans, flaxseed, olive, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans, spirulina and wheat grass. Antioxidants …