The Essential Guide to Vitamins for Women

These are the supplements that you will need.

1.Vitamin A
Vitamin A is crucial for the development of the baby’s bones, teeth, heart, ears, eyes and immune system.
Aim to consume at least 770 micrograms (or 2565 IU, as it is labeled on nutritional labels) of Vitamin A per day. This will double when nursing to 1300 micrograms (4,330 IU).
Overdosing on Vitamin A can cause birth defects and liver toxicity. Do NOT consume more than 3000 mcg (10,000 IU) per day.
Vitamin A can be found in liver, carrots, sweet potatoes, kale spinach collard greens, cantaloupe, eggs, mangos and peas.

  1. Vitamin B6

This vitamin which is also known as Pyridoxine helps with the development of the baby’s brain and nervous system. It also encourages the growth of new red blood cells in both mom and baby. Some women report that B6 has helped to alleviate their morning sickness.
Pregnant women should consume at least 1.9 mg per day of Vitamin B6. That amount rises slightly when nursing to 2.0 mg per day.
Vitamin B6 can be found in fortified cereals, as well as bananas, baked potatoes, watermelon, chick peas and chicken breast.

3. Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 works together with folic acid to help aid in the production of healthy red blood cells and promotes development of a healthy brain and nervous system in the baby.

Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, raspberries, bell peppers, green beans, strawberries, papaya, potatoes, broccoli and tomatoes, as well as in many cough drops and other supplements.

5. Calcium
This vitamin is crucial for building your baby’s bones and promotes optimal functioning of the baby’s brain and heart.
Pregnant women should consume at least 1200 mg of calcium a day, nursing mothers 1000 mg per day.
Calcium can be found in dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and, to a lesser extent, ice cream, as well as fortified juices, butters and cereals, spinach, broccoli, okra, sweet potatoes, lentils, tofu, Chinese cabbage, kale and broccoli. It is also widely available in supplement form.

6. Vitamin D

Pregnant women should consume at least 20 mg of Vitamin E per day but not more than 540 mg.
Vitamin E can be found in naturally in vegetable oil, wheat germ, nuts, spinach and fortified cereals as well as in supplemental form.
It’s better to get your Vitamin E from natural food sources than synthetic supplements.

8. Folic Acid
This is one of the most important vitamins during pregnancy and is vital for the development of a healthy baby. The body uses Folic Acid for the replication of DNA, cell growth and tissue formation.
Folic acid deficiencies result in many nasty birth defects such as spina bifida (a condition in which the spinal cord does not form completely), anencephaly (underdevelopment of the brain) and encephalocele (a condition in which brain tissue protrudes out to the skin from an abnormal opening in the skull).
All of these conditions occur during the first 28 days of fetal development, usually before the mother even knows she’s pregnant.

It’s imperative that you get enough folic acid in your diet prior to getting pregnant.
Pregnant woman should consume at least 0.6-0.8 mg of Folic Acid per day.
Folic Acid can be found in oranges, orange juice, strawberries, leafy vegetables, spinach, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, pasta, beans, nuts and sunflower seeds, as well as in supplements and fortified cereals.

This is another important vitamin that helps with cell development, blood cell formation and placenta formation.
Women who are pregnant should have at least 27 mg of iron per day.
Iron can be found in red meat and poultry, legumes, vegetables, some grains and fortified cereals.

10. Niacin
This is known as Vitamin B3 and helps to keep the mother’s digestive system functioning optimally as well as gives the baby energy to develop well.
Pregnant women should have an intake of at least 18 mg of Niacin per day.

  1. Protein
    Protein is the building block of the body’s cells. All growth and development of the body requires protein and protein is especially important in the second and third trimester, when both Mom and baby are growing the fastest.
    Pregnant and nursing women should consume at least 70g of protein per day, which is about 25g more than the average women needs before pregnancy.
    Protein can be found naturally in beans, poultry, red meats, fish, shellfish, eggs, milk, cheese, tofu and yogurt. It is also available in supplements, fortified cereals and protein bars.
  2. Riboflavin

This is also known as Vitamin B2. It gives the body energy and helps in the development of the baby’s bones, muscles and nervous system.
Pregnant women should consume at least 1.4 mg of Riboflavin per day, nursing mothers 1.6 mg.
Riboflavin can be found in whole grains, dairy products, red meat, pork and poultry, fish, fortified cereals and eggs.

  1. Thiamin
    Thiamin is Vitamin B1 assists in the development of the baby’s organs and central nervous system.
    Pregnant women and nursing mothers should consume at least 1.4 mg of Thiamin a day.
    Thiamin can be found in whole grain foods, pork, fortified cereals, wheat germ and eggs.
  2. Zinc
    Zinc is vital for the growth of your fetus because it aids in cell division, the primary process in the growth of baby’s tiny tissues and organs. It also helps Mom and baby to produce insulin and other enzymes.
    Pregnant women should have an intake of at least 11-12 mg of Zinc per day.
    Zinc can be found naturally in red meats, poultry, beans, nuts, grains, oysters and dairy products, as well as fortified cereals and supplements.

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