Pregnancy: Which vitamins are essential?
Breastfeeding is one of the most demanding periods in a woman's life. With a careful and balanced diet, the new mother can protect both her own good health and the proper development of the baby.
The nutrients necessary for the nursing mother are:
- Proteins: During breastfeeding, an increase in protein intake from the mother's diet is required
- Calcium: The new mother's needs for calcium are particularly high, not only during breastfeeding, but also earlier throughout pregnancy. It is, after all, known to help with blood clotting and to keep teeth and bones in good condition.
- Iron: The fetus draws iron from the iron reserves in the mother's body, in order to create its own reserves, since for the first 4 to 6 months of its life it will be fed exclusively with milk, which is poor in iron.
- Folic acid: Folic acid is a vitamin of great importance both during pregnancy and for the first months of the baby's development.
- Vitamin D: Vitamin D is necessary for the formation of the baby's bones and teeth. It also strengthens the nervous system, muscle growth and blood clotting.
- Magnesium: With breastfeeding there is a loss of 50-70 mg of magnesium per day, which the mother must cover with her diet
- Omega 3 fatty acids: Omega 3 fats are necessary for the development of the brain of the fetus during pregnancy and also afterwards to enhance the development of the infant.
Weleda, Frezyderm, Vitabiotics, Solgar and Nature's Plus knowing the special demands of the mother's body during breastfeeding have designed food supplements that ensure all the necessary nutrients for the mother and the baby.