Mum-to-be Diary: Pregnancy vitamins
19 weeks and counting
Cold and flu season provides an added complication to pregnancy at this time of year. As soon as I found out that I was pregnant, I was given the flu jab. As an asthmatic I am given it every year anyway but it is particularly important for all ladies expecting a baby. I actually normally find that it fends off most bugs too (even though it is not designed to do this) and I have been lucky to escape a sniffling nose and hacking cough for the last couple of years.
BUT, I am more than making up for it now and I have recently come out the other side of cold number three!
When you are pregnant you are more susceptible to colds because your immune system is weakened. Catching them is annoying enough but being rendered helpless as they attack is even worse. There are so many remedies that you can’t take when you are pregnant that it’s almost not even worth sifting through ones that may be possible to consume. Instead, duvet days with lots of films to watch while my husband fills me full of mineral water with freshly squeezed lemons (he says the citrus helps) has been the answer.
While there are a lot of drugs that you cannot take during pregnancy, there are quite a few supplements that you can consume to keep you as healthy as possible. I have recently been trying some of the range from Veganicity. Although I am not a vegan – I love food too much to restrict my diet to that extent – these pills are suitable for all food plans and healthy for everyone to take.
I think it is important to take vitamins that are specifically designed for pregnancy. This way, at least you know that the correct dose is being provided. There are various schools of thought that mean you should be cautious with overdosing on certain vitamins, so this removes the risk.
Another key dietary supplement is Folic Acid and every healthcare professional recommends that you add this to your diet when you are pregnant. It is important because it helps to prevent birth defects in your baby’s brain and spinal cord. Again, Veganicity has a folic acid supplement that you can take alongside your ‘Pregnancy Essentials’ tablets.
Another supplement that I have been taking is ‘Bump and Glory DHA Omega 3 Fish Oil’. It comes in snazzy pink and white packaging so you definitely won’t miss it on your bathroom shelf. More importantly, DHA is considered a building block of our eyes and brain, which is why this is a great addition to your daily routine.
To be honest, I can be pretty forgetful with things like this, so remembering to take the supplements in the first place has been a little bit of a challenge! I started off managing to remember to take them about three to four times a week. However, we recently had our second scan and saw our baby again. This reminded me that there actually is something still growing inside and I have since become a lot more consistent with my vitamin intake. Even though I won’t see our baby again until the birth date now, the first kicks are soon to come and no doubt these will act as helpful reminders to keep up with my supplements.
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