Whether you’re contemplating starting a family, or are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, there’s never been a better time to look after yourself. Staying physically fit in conjunction with healthy nutritional support can help to maintain your health, and that of your baby, during preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding – easy as 1-2-3!
Preconception, pregnancy & breastfeeding – easy as 1-2-3
Preconception care provides the best possible environment for conception to occur and to support a healthy pregnancy. Good health and nutrition play a vital role in the months leading up to conception, and most healthcare professionals recommend that you begin preparing for pregnancy at least 2-3 months before trying to conceive.
Nutritional demands are greatly increased during the 40 weeks of pregnancy for the mother, and to support the rapid growth of the developing baby.
Breastfeeding delivers all your baby’s nutritional requirements so that they can grow strong and healthy. While breastfeeding, nutritional requirements are greatly increased, even more so than during pregnancy, and postnatal nutritional deficiencies may negatively influence your baby’s growth and development.
Nutritional support for preconception, pregnancy & breastfeeding
While eating a wide variety of unprocessed foods is a good place to start, taking a specialised preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding multivitamin and mineral formula provides a broad-spectrum of important nutrients to cater for the increased nutritional needs of preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding:
Folic/folinic acid & vitamin B12
Folic/folinic acid helps prevent neural tube birth defects, while a vitamin B12 deficiency increases the risk of neural tube defects, even in women taking folic/folinic acid. Folic/folinic acid, which if taken daily for at least one month before conception and during pregnancy, may reduce the risk of having a child with birth defects of the brain and/or spinal cord including neural tube defects (spina bifida) and anencephaly. Folic/folinic acid and vitamin B12 are required for DNA replication, cell division and growth.
Even a mild to moderate iodine deficiency, which is quite common in Australia, may compromise foetal brain development, resulting in learning difficulties, and affect the development of motor skills and hearing. Iodine deficiency is the commonest worldwide cause of preventable intellectual impairment. Healthy iodine levels are critical during preconception and pregnancy as the developing baby relies solely on the mother’s iodine levels for healthy brain and nervous system development.
Healthy nervous system development is particularly sensitive to choline, and low levels of choline are a risk factor for neural tube birth defects. Choline is an essential component of every cell membrane and is necessary for normal DNA replication, healthy brain and eye development, and is especially important during preconception.
Low levels of vitamin D are associated with impaired fertility and problems during pregnancy. Vitamin D also assists calcium absorption, important for the growth of healthy bones and teeth in the developing baby.
Important for DNA replication, cell division, growth and development. Low zinc intake in women increases the risk of birth defects, delivering a low birth-weight baby and deficiency is common in breastfeeding women.
Mr Vitamins recommends:
Herbs of Gold Pregnancy Plus 1-2-3, a multi-nutritional formula with vitamins, minerals and nutrients to assist in maintaining the health of both mother and baby during preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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