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Nutrition and supplements

Which supplements or vitamin tablets should I take during pregnancy?

Boosting your nutrition

Although eating a balanced and healthy diet (lots of fruit and veggies, protein packed meals and go easy on the sweet stuff!) will help you get all the vitamins and minerals you need during pregnancy, there are some that are recommended as a supplement for expectant mums.

At a glance

  • Folic acid is a huge benefit to your developing baby
  • Vitamin D can be found in oily fish, eggs and meat
  • A balanced and healthy diet will help you get the vitamins and minerals you need
nutrition-and-supplements

Folic Acid

If you are trying to conceive at the moment, you should take folic acid, and continue to take it until you are 12 weeks in to your pregnancy. Folic acid can be of huge benefit to your developing baby as it can help prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. If you have just found out you are pregnant, it's not too late to start taking it. You can also look out for foods which are rich in folate (as well as taking the supplements). These include brown rice and green leafy veg, as well as some fortified cereals.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is really important in pregnancy and for breastfeeding mums too, as it regulates the calcium and phosphate in your body which keep your teeth and bones strong. The NHS currently advises all mum-to-be and those still breastfeeding their babies to take 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day.  Vitamin D can also be found in oily fish, eggs and meat, so making sure your diet is rich in those foods, and taking a supplement will give you maximum protection.

Iron

Your midwife or GP might also suggest iron tablets if your blood tests have shown your levels are low – an iron rich diet can help prevent this. Green leafy veg (again!) is a top source of iron, as are dried fruit and nuts.

Your midwife or GP can give you specific advice on any supplements or additional vitamins you may need during your pregnancy. You could also talk to them about the advantages of taking any of the over-the-counter multivitamins specifically designed for mums-to-be, too.

You can chat to other mums on Bounty.com in the community.  

At a glance

  • Folic acid is a huge benefit to your developing baby
  • Vitamin D can be found in oily fish, eggs and meat
  • A balanced and healthy diet will help you get the vitamins and minerals you need
Speak to your GP or midwife if you are unsure which ones to take if any 

Nutrition and supplements

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