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Vitamins and Supplements for New Mums

Are you a new mum? First of all, congrats!

Now, you may be looking for the best ways to boost your health before, during, and after your pregnancy. Vitamins and health supplements are a safe and effective way to keep your body in working order, but always ask your doctor before starting a new regime.

Here, we list some vitamins and supplements that you should consider trying if this is your first pregnancy. You should note that the health benefits are meant for you and your body, not for your baby.

Iron

If you’ve already delivered, chances are you lost quite a bit of blood, which results in low red blood cell count. What’s more, mild anaemia is common throughout the duration of most pregnancies due to an increase in blood volume, and this condition can even result in poor milk supply after birth. Symptoms of anaemia or low red blood cell count include, but are not limited to, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and pale skin.

Iron supplements can help your body regenerate more red blood cells and, in effect, improve your milk supply so you and your baby are happy.

Folic Acid

While you may have been recommended to take folic acid before and during your pregnancy, this vitamin will be just as beneficial for you after the birth of your little one.

Folic acid can help increase your red blood cell count - especially important if you developed anaemia during your pregnancy or if you had a C-section that resulted in you losing a lot of blood.

Folic acid can be found in many fortified foods, such as cereals and legumes, or you can take it in supplement form.

Calcium

Your body does everything it can to support the growth of your little one, such as 'stealing' the calcium in your bones. Yes, really! If you don’t get enough calcium during and after a pregnancy, you increase your chances of osteoporosis later on in life due to brittle bones. Calcium is important in muscle movement as well, and calcium deficiency can present in muscle spasms and pain.

Your body can’t produce calcium on its own, so you must get it from food or supplements. Dairy, dark leafy vegetables, and calcium-fortified products are great sources, or you could go for calcium supplements.

Vitamin D

Studies have found that about half of all pregnant women, even those in the sunnier corners of the world, are deficient in vitamin D. The 'sunshine vitamin' is essential for pregnant women, as it can help strengthen the immune system against unwelcome invaders, lower the risk for preeclampsia (a serious pregnancy disorder characterised by high blood pressure, swelling of the hands and feet, and protein in urine), and reduce the chances of early childhood asthma in your baby, among other great benefits.

As most prenatal vitamins don’t have nearly enough Vitamin D, we recommend taking this vitamin in supplement form.

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Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

 

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Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs stop using the product or medication immediately.

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