Vitamins and Pregnancy

Cecile LaRiviere

Posted on September 28 2014

femMED Pregnancy and Pregnancy + Ginger provides essential minerals/vitamins in order to promote good health in the pregnant mother. The addition of ginger in the Pregnancy + Ginger formula helps reduce the incidence of nausea and vomiting.

Ginger has ginger has been clinically shown to help prevent nausea and vomiting and has traditionally been used in herbal medicine to help relieve these symptoms.

Folate helps to prevent neural tube defects when taken prior to pregnancy and/or during the early stages of pregnancy . Neural tube defects are congenital malformations that result from failure of the neural tube to close during embryogenesis. Closure of this tube occurs 21-28 days post-conception. Inadequate intake of folate in the mother has been found to result in failure of neural tube closure. Folic acid is particularly critical as studies show that it can reduce the risk of neural tube defects, including spina bifida by 70 percent.

Vitamin A is one of the important vitamins and pregnancy represents a time in a women's life where she needs to make sure she is getting adequate amounts. Vitamin A is necessary for the normal function of our eyes and vision. Vitamin A also affects growth and development of our lungs, teeth, gums, skin and is essential for proper immune function.

Beta-carotene is an antioxidant nutrient that helps neutralize free radicals which may cause cellular damage in the body.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that may protect the body against cellular damage, especially in the lungs and the lens of the eye.

Vitamin D is one of the calcium absorption vitamins and pregnancy is an important time to ensure maximum absorption of calcium for the bone health and development of the mother and fetus.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that may strengthen the body’s immune and brain functions, and possibly protect the eyes, lungs, skin and heart health. Helps prevent oxidative damage that can contribute to rough skin texture.

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) is essential for normal functioning of nerve tissue and digestion. Helps body cells convert food into energy. Vitamin B-1 helps utilize energy from food by promoting proper metabolism of carbohydrates.

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) plays a role in converting food into energy, and promotes good vision and smooth skin.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) helps release energy from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Niacin is important for overall health and for beautiful skin.

Pantothenic acid has roles in vitamin utilization, production of adrenal hormones, formation of antibodies, conversion of proteins/carbohydrates/fats to energy, aiding in the production of neurotransmitters, stamina enhancement metabolic functions, and aiding with normal functioning of GI tract.

Vitamin B6 plays a role in converting food into energy. It is also essential in red blood cell formation. Vital in cell development and is critical for the proper function of our immune system.

Vitamin B12 is needed to synthesize hemoglobin and to help manufacture healthy red blood cells. It contributes to the health of the nervous system and the proper growth of children.

Biotin is part of the B-vitamin family and is involved in the synthesis of fat, glycogen, and amino acids and enzyme reactions; required for DNA replication; important for healthy hair and nails.

Calcium is one of the most important minerals for the body. Helps strengthen bones and teeth. Also required for nerve and muscle activity. Calcium plays an important role in maintaining proper nerve transmission, muscle contraction, heartbeat regulation, and blood coagulation. People concerned with cardiovascular health may benefit from taking a calcium supplement because it may be associated with healthy blood pressure levels. For athletes, adequate calcium and magnesium may help prevent muscle cramps.

Magnesium helps nerve and muscle function. Magnesium is essential in the formation of bones and teeth, in converting blood sugar into energy and for effective nerve and muscle functioning. For athletes, adequate calcium and magnesium may help prevent muscle cramps.

Iron is essential to a healthy pregnancy and baby-supporting energy, as well as the healthy development of fetus. Vital for red blood cell formation. Iron is an essential part of the hemoglobin, the protein substance which enables red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.

Zinc helps the body’s natural defense system. Zinc has immune-enhancing properties and is also vital for normal growth and development.

Manganese is essential for normal bone and skeletal growth.

Copper is necessary for collagen and elastin formation, and bone and joint integrity.

Iodine which naturally occurs in kelp, helps regulate metabolism.

Selenium helps protect the body from free radicals. Complements vitamin E to help fight free radicals (oxidants) thought to be responsible for cellular damage. May promote a reduction in oxidative stress.

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