Do pregnant women need vitamin supplements during pregnancy or is it enough to eat a balanced and complete diet?
It is common that when women know about their pregnancy or even before they start looking for a baby, the first thing is to go to the nearest pharmacy and look for the necessary vitamin supplement so that the development of the fetus is correct and may the pregnancy come to a successful end. However, it has not been proven that this is an essential process in pregnancy.
The Mediterranean diet and the correct performance of it, is very good to obtain the vitamins, properties and minerals necessary for the human being , for all those people, whether or not they are pregnant. It is true that it is good to take a vitamin supplement depending on the situations, since you do not usually take absolutely everything you need in a day. However, continuing to take them when pregnant is questionable.
It is much more advisable that after an analysis and a medical visit, it is the doctor who determines which supplements or vitamins should be taken and which ones should not. Since in most cases, overprotection can be much worse.
A WELL BALANCED DIET
The main and most important thing is to eat a very balanced and healthy diet . Taking care of yourself and that our body is well internally, will be the best way to make the future baby form correctly and be born with strength and without any problem. But not only this, but the mother herself, who is the one who creates a new life and carries a new person inside, must take care of herself as much as possible, since for nine months she must carry the weight of another little person inside her and Although it is done with all the taste in the world, it is better to do it in the best way to have the best possible time during these months of waiting.
Apart from healthy eating, you also have to be healthy when it comes to sports. Strong physical activities should not be performed, but it is highly recommended to go for a walk , jog in a gentle way or a moderate aerobic activity , such as soft dancing. Even a very good option can be belly dancing, which also helps a lot in labor without pain due to the pelvic work that it entails.
Quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol is not a strict rule to follow, but it is highly recommended to moderate your consumption, if it is to zero, much better. Since it can harm the baby’s organ formation or create a withdrawal syndrome that will be more difficult to cope with due to the stricter nature of the little one.
Specific supplements or vitamins are very important too, especially those that cost much more to obtain from food.
Although it is recommended to try to have a wide range of food that provides everything that a person needs, it is very important to take into account that there are vitamins and minerals that are more difficult to obtain simply with a balanced diet , either by not consuming them regularly, because they are not to our liking or because our usual diet does not contain them. For this reason, it is advisable to take into account those that are most necessary for the baby to develop in a correct way and to know that these foods can never be lacking in the day-to-day diet.
The calcium is very important during pregnancy because it actively participates in the development of teeth and bones of the baby should consume between 700 Y800 mg a day from milk, cheese, yogurt , etc.
Another of the supplements that cannot be absent is iron , which forms red blood cells in the blood, both in the mother and in the little one that she carries inside. For them, the intake of lean meat, sardines or dark green vegetables is very important .
The folic acid helps in the development of organs and tissues of the baby. This is one of the minerals that we can not only look for in food , but also that we must help you and give a boost with pills that collaborate with its total absorption and perfect complement, especially in those women who plan to become pregnant and those who are in the first 12 weeks. It should consume about 400 micrograms. Even so, you have to keep looking for it in food, around 300 micrograms, among which it is found in enriched cereals and bread, also in green and orange vegetables.
The vitamin C , which helps absorb iron, is found in most fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and juices.
The Vitamin D helps absorb calcium and is herring, tuna in oil, eggs, milk, butter, margarine and low – fat sauces.
The Omega-3 is very important for the baby’s brain and nervous system development, especially in the latter part of pregnancy, and is found in oily fish.
And finally, vitamin B12 , which cleans the blood and makes it totally healthy, for this it is very important to consume meat and fish; and also dairy products.
Unless other anomalies or pathologies are detected , in principle, the future mother would not need any other supplement. However, it is something that the doctor should prescribe if necessary. But if the woman is well and healthy, nothing more would be necessary.
The most important thing is to enjoy the beautiful stage that is pregnancy, taking care of yourself but without obsessing and living to the fullest the most special moment in a woman’s life, which is the creation of life.
Dr. Tabriella Perivolaris, Sara's mother and fan of fashion, beauty, motherhood, among others, about the female universe. Since 2018 she has been working as a copywriter, always bringing to her articles a little of her experience and experience as a mother and woman.