Here’s What You Should Be Looking For In A Prenatal Multi

We’ve wrapped up a Fertility Naturopath’s guide to what she looks for on a Prenatal Multivitamin label, so you don’t have to dig much deeper.

Getting all the vitamins and minerals you need through eating nutrient-dense foods alone can be difficult, especially if you’re currently pregnant or trying to conceive. Odds are that at this stage of life, you’re very invested in supporting you and your baby’s health. Sure, you could continue with your standard multivitamin, but doctors want you to strongly consider taking a prenatal vitamin.

Specifically designed to fill any gaps in your diet, Moode Founder Jess Rosenberg knows how hard it is to find the right one – and know what to look for.

“I first sampled a prenatal multivitamin almost eight years ago. It was bigger than I thought it would be, and it sat dissolving on my tongue for far too long. Bitter herbs mixed with sweaty gym socks residue lingered on my tastebuds. ‘No biggie, only 252 more days of this tasty delight if I conceive immediately’,” I thought to myself. It was a hard pill to swallow, literally,” says Jess. “I’ve sampled them all – from the mini one-a-day dose that gave me constipation to a fistful of practitioner-only grade supplements — which when combined, filled every nutritional need I may have throughout pregnancy.”

A good quality prenatal vitamin ensures that all the nutrients your baby needs to grow are present in your system while you’re pregnant. Fertility Naturopath Lucy Fitzgibbons explains that no matter how healthy you may be, it’s likely that your diet alone isn’t providing you with all the vitamins needed for your baby’s growth and development according

“Depending on the person and their blood test results, I’ll advise if they need additional supplementation beyond the above key nutrients. But in most cases, consider the below a guide to good prenatal support, which can be found in quality prenatal multivitamins.” says Lucy.

Here, Lucy shares her expertise on the matter:

500mcg of Activated folate (folinic acid, calcium folinate, levomefolate calcium, quatrefolic, 5-MTHF)

These activated forms are the top quality supplemental forms of folate, and for good reason. They’re the closest things we have to the food form of folate. They provide the easiest pathway to absorption in the body, and the fastest way to raise maternal folate levels, which is important to decrease the risk of neural tube defects.

As much Choline as possible

Look for a prenatal that contains choline. And a lot of it. (The AI for pregnant women is 440 mg/day) This lesser known B vitamin is equally as important as folate in preventing neural tube defects, with a growing body of scientific literature supporting its essential role in foetal development.

Zinc

Zinc is required for over 300 essential functions in the body. In pregnancy, it’s important for the construction of a baby’s cells, supporting the immune system and reducing poor maternal outcomes.

220mcg+ of Iodine

This essential nutrient for foetal growth and development has an increased requirement of more than 45% in pregnancy. It’s required for maternal thyroid hormone production, which is needed for normal foetal brain development.

1000IU of Vitamin D

The recommended daily dose of Vitamin D in pregnancy ranges from 400IU- 2000IU. It’s important for foetal bone development, and maternal health. Adequate levels are an important factor in establishing a pregnancy. Yet some supplements tick this off the list by including as little as 200IU. You would probably get more Vitamin D walking from your home to your car.

A combo of the B vitamins

Adequate B vitamin levels are required to perform a number of supportive roles in pregnancy. Best taken in conjunction with other Bs, these vitamins are known for supporting foetal brain development, preventing congenital heart defects and treating molecular deficiencies which can cause miscarriages and birth defects. From a maternal health perspective, the Bs provide a natural energy lift, ease discomforts associated with leg cramps, moderate moods and alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

Selenium

There’s growing evidence to suggest maternal selenium levels influence pregnancy outcomes. In particular, supplementation may help prevent miscarriage, preterm labour, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, postpartum thyroiditis and neural tube defects, amongst other conditions.

Additionally, consider including Omega 3 DHA as well, as 90% of Australian women don’t meet DHA requirements during pregnancy, and probiotics in your routine. Particularly, the well researched strain LGG Lactobacillus Rhamnosus, which is recommended to reduce the risk of infant eczema.

Source @womenshealth.com.au: Read more at : womenalive.org

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