We all know that nutrition is important, and part of nutrition is getting enough vitamins. But how does that change when a woman gets pregnant?
Essential Vitamins During Pregnancy
Eating healthy diet is always a wise idea, especially during pregnancy. It is also good during pregnancy to take prenatal vitamins to help cover any nutritional gaps in the mothers diet.
Developing baby requires many different Essential vitamins like vitamin A, B, C, D apart from these vital vitamins minerals like calcium, iron, iodine & zinc are also required.
Vitamins Playing an Important Role in Pregnancy
Vitamin A is required for baby’s embryonic growth including development of heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, bones as well as respiratory, circulatory & central nervous system. For which Vitamin A food sources include sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, cantaloupe, make, fortified oat cereal, nonfat or 2% fat milk & milk products, grass fed butter, carrots & broccoli.
Vitamin B includes bundle of vitamins in itself like B1, B2, B3, B6, B7 &B12 which are vital for baby’s developing brain & nervous system, to form new blood cells & antibodies. It aids in keeping healthy skin & eyes to metabolization of fat & processing folic acid.
Food sources of which includes baked potato, avocado, yellow & red color vegetables, soya bean, carrots, chicken without skin, cooked wild salmon, banana, dried pitted plums, dry roasted hazelnuts, cold pressed fresh vegetable juices, peas, eggs, whole grains, unprocessed bran & milk (2% or skim).
Make sure you eat wide variety of color & fresh raw thoroughly washed clean foods. Fresh pressed juices & smoothies are great & easy way.
Vitamin C is ideal for formation of collagen which is especially important in blood vessels. It is essential for tissue repair, wound healing, healthy skin as it acts as an antioxidant.
Food sources for which include Fresh cold pressed orange, kiwi, grapefruit juice preferably taken as a whole fruit, sweet red bell pepper, tomato & spinach.
Vitamin D is absolutely critical during pregnancy as low levels are associated with gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia or low birth weight. Food sources of which include pink salmon, Low-fat milk & milk products, egg yolk etc.
So lets move ahead with positively healthy attitude towards a healthy pregnancy with essential vitamins in your diet everyday.