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    Vitamins during Pregnancy

    What has been your favorite pre-natal vitamin during your pregnancy and post-partum period?

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    Dear sunnymumof5,

    I like to take the recommended vitamins (folic acid, Calcium and vitamin D) and then make an extra effort to ensure that my diet is healthy, balanced and packed with fresh fruit and vegetables. I also enjoy eating organic food in pregnancy because studies have shown these contain significantly higher vitamins and minerals than their non-organic equivalents.

    Best wishes,
    LJ

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    Hi,

    Pregnant women should aim to eat 70g of protein per day. This is in addition to the recommended vitamins. Protein is only converted to fat by the body if you eat more than the daily amount that your body needs. Before this level is reached the protein is used as energy - which is very important in pregnancy.

    Warm wishes,
    LJ

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    Vitamin A & Beta Carotene (770 mcg) Helps bones and teeth grow Liver, milk, eggs, carrots, spinach, green and yellow vegetables, broccoli, potatoes, pumpkin, yellow fruits, cantaloupe
    Vitamin D (5 mcg) Helps body use calcium and phosphorus; promotes strong teeth and bones Milk, fatty fish, sunshine

    Vitamin E (15 mg) Helps body form and use red blood cells and muscles Vegetable oil, wheat germ, nuts, spinach, fortified cereals

    Vitamin C (80 – 85 mg) An antioxidant that protects tissues from damage and helps body absorb iron; builds healthy immune system Citrus fruits, bell peppers, green beans, strawberries, papaya, potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes

    Thiamin/B1 (1.4 mg) Raises energy level and regulates nervous system Whole grain, fortified cereals, wheat germ, organ meats, eggs, rice, pasta, berries, nuts, legumes, pork
    Riboflavin/B2 (1.4 mg) Maintains energy, good eyesight, healthy skin Meats, poultry, fish, dairy products, fortified cereals, eggs

    Niacin/B3 (18 mg) Promotes healthy skin, nerves and digestion High-protein foods, fortified cereals and breads, meats, fish, milk, eggs, peanuts

    Pyridoxine/B6 (1.9 mg) Helps form red blood cells; helps with morning sickness Chicken, fish, liver, pork, eggs, soybeans, carrots, cabbage, cantaloupe, peas, spinach, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, bananas, beans, broccoli, brown rice, oats, bran, peanuts,walnuts

    Folic Acid/Folate (600 mcg) Helps support the placenta, and prevents spina bifida and other neural tube defects Oranges, orange juice, strawberries, green leafy vegetables, spinach, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, fortified cereals, peas, pasta, beans, nuts

    Calcium (1,000 – 1,300 mg) Creates strong bones and teeth, helps prevent blood clots, helps muscles and nerves function Yogurt, milk, cheddar cheese, calcium-fortified foods like soy milk, juices, breads, cereals, dark green leafy vegetables, canned fish with bones

    Iron (27 mg) Helps in the production of hemoglobin; prevents anemia, low birth weight, and premature delivery Beef, pork, dried beans, spinach, dried fruits, wheat germ, oatmeal or grains fortified with iron

    Protein (71 g) Helps in the production of amino acids; repairs cells Most animal foods, meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, veggie burgers, beans, legumes, nuts
    Zinc (11-12 mg)

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