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Pregnancy Supplements

Pregnancy is an incredible and exciting time but it can also cause stress as maternal instincts kick in and you start to worry about your baby's health and how to ensure their well-being as they develop. Your body is capable of providing your baby with what it needs to develop, so taking care of yourself is the best way to help your baby's development. One way to care for yourself is by supplementing your diet with some key nutrients that are important in ensuring you maintain optimal health.

Pregnancy Supplements That Support Your (and Baby's!) Health

Iron and Folic acid are probably the most commonly known pregnancy supplements, but there are quite a few other Read More...

Pregnancy is an incredible and exciting time but it can also cause stress as maternal instincts kick in and you start to worry about your baby's health and how to ensure their well-being as they develop. Your body is capable of providing your baby with what it needs to develop, so taking care of yourself is the best way to help your baby's development. One way to care for yourself is by supplementing your diet with some key nutrients that are important in ensuring you maintain optimal health.

Pregnancy Supplements That Support Your (and Baby's!) Health

Iron and Folic acid are probably the most commonly known pregnancy supplements, but there are quite a few other vitamins and minerals that are key to a healthy pregnancy. One of the essential vitamins needed for your general health, as well as supporting fetal development, is Vitamin D. Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin from a group of fat-soluble prohormones, important for its role in immune function, healthy cell division, and bone health. Pregnancy places exceptional demands expecting mothers in vitamin D availability, making a vitamin D supplement vital in order to prevent a vitamin D deficiency. Low vitamin D levels during pregnancy can be hard to detect and can threaten the woman and the fetus and has been associated with biochemical evidence of disordered skeletal homeostasis, congenital rickets, and fractures in the newborn. Studies show that women who supplement their vitamin D intake during pregnancy have a greatly reduced risk of complications, including gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and infection, new research suggests.

A recommended amount of 4,000 IU (International Units) of vitamin D is prescribed per day. Our vitamin D pregnancy supplements range from 1000 IU for daily maintenance of Vitamin D levels to 10 000 IU for high potency intake if you have or are prone to vitamin D deficiency.  In its active form (calcitriol), vitamin D is also essential to promoting the  absorption of calcium from the gut and enables normal bone mineralization and growth. This role in the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus is especially important because of how necessary calcium is during pregnancy.

Calcium is essential whether or not you're pregnant, but for moms-to-be it's particularly vital and is always recommended as part of your pregnancy supplementation regimen. Not only does this all-star mineral build your baby's teeth and bones, it also helps maintain your skeletal health and ensures your body maintains adequate stores for your and your baby's use. Keep in mind: your body will put your babies needs above your own! This is a helpful feature in the reproductive process, however it can place you at higher risk for bone loss during the pregnancy and upping your risk of osteoporosis later in life. This might sound dramatic, but it’s easily resolved with a calcium supplement to ensure you have enough calcium stores for your baby to draw on. Not only does your baby need calcium for healthy bones and teeth, but it is also an important nutrient for your baby's heart, muscles, nerves, and hormones so it’s important you have enough. Pregnant women need about 1000 milligrams to 1300 milligrams of calcium a day, depending on your age, women 18 and younger need at least 1300 milligrams. You need this much calcium, not only for your baby, but also to keep your own blood and muscles moving and help your nerves send messages from your brain to the rest of your body. Because your body can't make calcium, you need to get it from food or supplements. Our Cal-Max calcium supplement provides 1000 mgs AND includes magnesium and Vitamin D3, making it a perfect pregnancy supplement.

Calcium works in combination with magnesium, another important supplement for pregnancy. Magnesium is the most common metal ion involved in the function of enzymes and acts as a cofactor in over 600 enzymatic reactions and as an activator for an additional 200 enzymes. It is essential for the synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins, glucose utilization and the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate). This is all important for you and your health, but especially for the baby as magnesium is important for bone formation, building strong teeth, cardiac excitability, neurological function and muscular contraction.

Your need for magnesium increases during pregnancy and the majority of pregnant women struggle to maintain healthy magnesium levels without a supplement. Taking a supplement to prevent a magnesium deficiency or insufficiency during pregnancy is important because when there is magnesium deficiency the balancing effect on the cardiovascular system ceases and the risk for pregnancy hypertension rises (high blood pressure). In addition, magnesium deficiency is suspected to be responsible for the onset of preeclampsia and the intensification of pregnancy nausea. This is because magnesium relaxes muscles while calcium stimulates muscles to contract, so getting adequate magnesium during pregnancy can help prevent the uterus from contracting prematurely. Many pregnant women also complain about calf cramps and vague abdominal pain that can occur as a consequence of magnesium deficiency so including magnesium in your pregnancy supplements can help your comfort during pregnancy and possibly prevent strong palpitations and exhaustion (though some tiredness is understandable!). 

The recommended dietary intake (RDI)  is 350-400 mg/day with women 18 or younger needing 400mg/day. In order to avoid a magnesium deficiency, start supplementing early and bring your magnesium balance up to the recommended level when you are even just starting to try conceiving. Then maintaining those levels throughout pregnancy and until the end of breastfeeding is how you can ensure healthy magnesium levels of mother and child. Because magnesium intakes are estimated to have decreased as a result of over-processing of foods, sometimes a supplement is necessary. We have magnesium supplements for both you and your kiddies in the form of tasty magnesium gummies.

Read more about the most common supplements for pregnancy, iron and folic acid.

Positively Pregnant: Dad Edition - 60 Capsules

Positively Pregnant: Dad Edition - 60 Capsules

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Positively Pregnant - 60 Capsules

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Halal Prenatal + DHA - 60 Softgels

Halal Prenatal + DHA - 60 Softgels

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7-Salt Magnesium - 60 Capsules

7-Salt Magnesium - 60 Capsules

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Folic acid 1000mcg - 100 Tablets

Folic acid 1000mcg - 100 Tablets

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Magnesium - 120 Capsules

Magnesium - 120 Capsules

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Magnesium - 118 ml

Magnesium - 118 ml

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Calcium & Magnesium & Vitamins D3 & K - 90 Softgels

Calcium & Magnesium & Vitamins D3 & K - 90 Softgels

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Vegan B12 Complex - 60ml

Vegan B12 Complex - 60ml

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BetterYou Boost B12 Oral Spray (2 Pack) - 2x25 ml - 6%

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B12 Oral Spray - 25 ml

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Antistress Formula - 60 Capsules

Antistress Formula - 60 Capsules

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Spectra Spray B12 Energy - 14,4 ml

Spectra Spray B12 Energy - 14,4 ml

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Spectra Spray Multivitamin - 14,4 ml

Spectra Spray Multivitamin - 14,4 ml

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Spectra Spray Folate Plus - 14,4 ml

Spectra Spray Folate Plus - 14,4 ml

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Spectra Spray Meta Boost - 14,4 ml

Spectra Spray Meta Boost - 14,4 ml

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Vitamin B12 vegan - 120 Capsules

Vitamin B12 vegan - 120 Capsules

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Brain Booster - 60 Capsules

Brain Booster - 60 Capsules

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NO SHOT® Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin 5000 mcg - 60 Tablets

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Nutrifem PMS Formula - 60 Capsules

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Pregnancy Supplements | Vitamins For Pregnant Women

Pregnancy Supplements - Iron & Folic Acid

Now onto the more commonly known pregnancy supplements: iron and folic acid. Anemia is the most common blood condition that pregnant women develop and can put you and your baby at higher risk for several complications, including pre-term birth and low birth weight. Therefore an iron supplement is vital during pregnancy. Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen to your tissues. During pregnancy, you need double the amount of iron than normal because your total blood volume will double over the course of your pregnancy. So, taking an iron supplement to produce more blood is a must for moms-to-be. Iron also helps move oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body and to your baby, so you need more iron to make more blood to supply more oxygen to your baby! If you don't have enough iron stores or don’t get enough iron during pregnancy, you could develop an iron deficiency or anemia; this is because your body continually uses iron for the baby's development (iron is also important in fetal brain development). Take care of both yourself and your baby by making sure there is enough iron to go around.

An appropriate time to begin iron supplementation is after about 12 weeks of pregnancy when the iron requirements for pregnancy begin to increase. A dose of 30 mg/day is suggested and approximately half of your iron intake will go toward the development of the fetus and placenta. The other half will be used to increase the amount of blood in your circulatory system. This is vital to protecting you during childbirth, as a typical vaginal delivery will lose approximately a pint (500mL) of blood and, for a cesarean section, it’s closer to two pints (1,000mL). Having low blood volume can lead to complications during delivery and postpartum recovery.

Our instant dissolve Iron supplement is 27mg of quickly absorbed iron if you have a deficiency. We also have an iron complex that is a well-rounded pregnancy supplement as it includes folic acid and Vitamin B, along with the recommended 25mg of iron. You are at increased risk of developing anemia during pregnancy if you have two closely spaced pregnancies, are having twins, triplets, etc.; are vomiting frequently due to morning sickness, or have a prior history of anemia. Heme iron which you get from meats like beef and chicken absorbs better than the nonheme iron found in beans and greens, so if you are vegetarian or vegan an extra boost of iron during pregnancy might be necessary.

Folic acid is also needed to prevent anemia during pregnancy as it helps the body make healthy new red blood cells which then carry oxygen to all the parts of your body. If your body does not make enough red blood cells, you cannot carry enough oxygen to your body, which makes you pale, tired, or weak. Folic acid is a form of folate (a B vitamin) that everyone needs. If you can get pregnant or are pregnant, folic acid is especially important as it protects unborn babies against serious birth defects. You can get folic acid from vitamins and fortified foods, such as bread, pasta, and cereals, however, a supplement is often recommended during pregnancy to ensure optimum levels are maintained. Not only does folate plays an important role in the production of red blood cells but it is key to your baby's neural tube development into their brain and spinal cord. Folic acid is also used by your body to make new cells and produce DNA making it vital for normal growth and development throughout your life. There’s no guarantee that you will get enough folic acid from food alone, so a supplement is important.

If you have morning sickness in early pregnancy, it may be difficult to eat enough fortified foods to get the folic acid you need.

Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should get at least 400-600 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) of folic acid daily before conception and for at least 3 months afterward. A higher dose supplement might be needed if you have kidney disease and/or are on dialysis, have sickle cell disease, have liver disease, or take medications to treat epilepsy, type 2 diabetes, lupus, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, or inflammatory bowel disease. Besides our Iron complex that includes 400 mcg of folic acid, we also have a straight 1000mcg folic acid supplement that uses instant dissolve technology for quick absorption. Studies show that maternal folic acid supplementation greatly reduces a baby's risk of serious neural tube defects and significantly decreases the risk of congenital heart defects. Research also shows that folic acid supplementation in early pregnancy may help prevent cleft lip and cleft palate.

There is a lot of information about what you should or shouldn’t do and should or shouldn’t eat during pregnancy, but the important thing is to make sure you are healthy and replenishing your own supplies and reserves so that your body can continue doing its extraordinary job of creating a human.

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