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Essential Vitamins And Minerals Supplements During Pregnancy

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During pregnancy your need for certain vitamins and minerals increases and over half the nutrients you eat are used by your growing baby—one of many reasons why you may feel tired even during the early months while your baby is still quite tiny.

Studies show that a good maternal diet around the time of conception and during pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of having a baby with a low birth weight, which is one of the commonest causes of serious health problems in the newborn.

Healthy diet is especially important when you have a multiple pregnancy as you have to nourish two or more infants rather than one.

At present, the only supplement univer­sally recommended when planning a baby and during preg­nancy is folic acid, which can reduce the risk of certain congenital problems (neural tube defects) such as spina bifida by 75 per cent. Read the rest of this entry »

Healthy Dietary Sources For Pregnancy Woman – Whole Milk

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Got milk? The National Dairy Council would have you believe that milk is necessary for strong bones and healthy teeth. Its brilliant marketing cam­paign features celebrities and their milk mustaches, extolling the virtues of milk.

Of course, they never mention the many other ways to include cal­cium in your diet. So let us repeat our mantra: pregnant women do not need to drink milk. Now, let us explain it.

The common assumption is that you need calcium and lots of it because not only do you need to keep your bones strong, but you need to keep your baby’s bones strong as well.

Without a doubt, you need calcium, but before you run to pour a glass of milk, read on. The absorption of cal­cium into your cells requires the activity of another cell called the osteoblast. When you consume calcium, these osteoblasts will utilize it to help create more bone.

At the same time this is happening, another cell called the osteoclast is busy breaking down and deporting calcium from the bone. It’s kind of like a tug-of-war between these two types of cells.

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