Choosing your pregnancy vitamins, often called prenatal vitamins, can be a real obstacle course if you lack knowledge.
Between the ingredients to avoid , harmful to our health, the badly formulated complexes which systematically include iron (iron supplementation should not be done lightly and must be done after a blood test), and those which lack vitamins and essential minerals for any pregnancy, many women find themselves lost.
How to choose your pregnancy vitamins mindfully? By choosing healthy compositions, which include the following nutrients considered by many health professionals (conventional and natural) as essential for the smooth running of pregnancy and baby's growth.
Vitamin B9 ( folic acid under its synthetic name ), is one of the most important vitamins in pregnancy. It allows, from the desire of child, to limit the risks of malformations of the future baby and supports the good development of the fetus. In France, 75% of women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin B9. However, a vitamin B9 deficiency is a major risk factor for neurological abnormalities and neural tube defects in newborns. In order to reduce the risk of serious handicaps, it is recommended to take supplements from the preconception phase . Indeed, it is during the first weeks of pregnancy that your baby's nervous system takes shape and cell division takes place. Always prefer a bioavailable vitamin B9 (natural folates are much more assimilable by the body than folic acid).
Calcium needs in pregnant women increase by 30%. A good reason to supplement! Calcium is essential for the proper development of the baby since it supports the production and solidity of the bones, but also of the teeth. Calcium also plays a role against hypertension, would limit premature deliveries and even prevent baby blues.
A word of advice: choose pregnancy vitamins that contain calcium and vitamin D, which help to fix it on the bones!
Valuable during childbirth and labor, vitamin C helps prevent the risk of anemia (since vitamin C promotes the absorption of iron), supports the immune system and promotes the production of collagen (thus limiting the famous stretch marks ). Vitamin C is one of the most available vitamins through food, but if you have a diet low in fruits and vegetables, then it becomes important to supplement. Especially since vitamin C cannot be stored, the body therefore needs daily intake.
Vitamin D is important in preconception and during pregnancy. It is during this time that your baby's reserves will build up. It guarantees good bone and dental health by promoting the absorption of calcium. A lack of vitamin D can be responsible for pregnancy complications. Choose the most effective form of vitamin D3 (and the one present in our Pregnancy supplement ).
A tip: To be better assimilated, it needs magnesium.
Iodine plays a vital role in good thyroid health for mother and child. This trace element also participates in the proper development of the brain and cognitive functions. Care must therefore be taken not to exhaust its reserves. The fetus needs iodine, pregnancy hormones stimulate the thyroid gland and increase your iodine needs as well.
During pregnancy, your baby will draw on your mineral reserves. It is therefore important to have a good intake, especially of magnesium. Needs are also greater in breastfeeding women. Important for the nervous system, it is considered a natural "anti-stress". It is useful for the health of nails, hair, it is very effective against fatigue, cramps, headaches. Finally, magnesium potentiates the tryptophan, the amino acid precursor of serotonin (happiness hormone) and melatonin (sleep hormone) and it allows better assimilation of vitamin D.
Magnesium and vitamin D work in synergy, check the compositions carefully!
Still little present in French food supplements, choline is nevertheless essential. It helps prevent the risk of preeclampsia, could reduce the risk of neural tube defects, premature birth and it promotes the proper functioning of your future child's memory. Choline is also essential for the proper development of the placenta as well as the growth of the organs of the fetus.
It is not present everywhere nor considered essential and yet, vitamin E contributes to the good health of blood vessels and supports the body on the neurological level. Some studies have shown that vitamin E deficiencies during pregnancy can increase the risk of infections, heart disease or even neurological disorders.
Zinc, selenium and also vitamins of group B (in particular B12, cofactor of vitamin B9), are also important nutrients for the whole pregnancy.
At Boome, our products are formulated after reading numerous studies and by women's health professionals. We have made it a point of honor to exclude any ingredient harmful to health, in reaction to what already existed on the market, but we have also taken care to develop a pregnancy multivitamin that includes a large majority of essential nutrients.