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Sufficient intake of vitamins and minerals during pregnancy is essential for the mother's health and the proper development of the fetus. Pregnancy can increase the need for certain vitamins and minerals. If a pregnant woman does not get enough of these nutrients, it can lead to a deficiency, which can negatively affect the health of the mother and the development of the fetus. Getting enough vitamins during pregnancy can also help reduce the risk of fatigue, nausea, constipation, and other problems that often accompany pregnancy.

Pregnant women must ensure a sufficient intake of various vitamins through a balanced diet and, if necessary, nutritional supplements to support their health and their babies' health. A healthy pregnant woman is more likely to give birth to a healthy baby and to have a positive pregnancy and birth experience. Therefore, taking care of a pregnant woman's health is crucial for the well-being of both the mother and her child.

More about vitamins and minerals during pregnancy and breastfeeding

During pregnancy, a pregnant woman must consume a varied diet that contains all the necessary nutrients for the mother's health and the proper development of the fetus.

Folic acid is essential to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. Additional folic acid intake is recommended even before conception and in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Iron is essential for the formation of red blood cells and the transfer of oxygen in the body. Pregnant women often need more iron to compensate for the increased blood volume during pregnancy and to support fetal growth.

Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth and for proper fetal bone development. Pregnant women need extra calcium to prevent calcium loss from their bones. Vitamin D is crucial for calcium absorption and bone health.

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy can affect bone health in the fetus and increase the risk of preeclampsia.

Omega-3 fatty acids are also crucial for fetal brain and eye development. Pregnant women should eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, nuts, and seeds.

Vitamin B12 is necessary for the formation of red blood cells and the functioning of the nervous system. Vegetarian and vegan pregnant women must pay particular attention to the need for sufficient intake of this vitamin.

Zinc is essential for the immune system and tissue growth. A lack of zinc can affect the growth of the fetus and increase the risk of premature birth.

Iodine is also an extremely important mineral during pregnancy, as it plays a key role in the development of the fetus's brain and nervous system. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can cause hypothyroidism in the newborn, which can affect the child's growth and development.

In addition to these nutrients, proteins, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K, and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and selenium are also essential. Pregnant women must follow a balanced diet and consult with their doctor or nutritionist to ensure adequate intake of all necessary nutrients. Some women may also need to take nutritional supplements. Planning your diet before pregnancy is also essential, as a healthy diet before conception can positively affect your health and the health of your future baby. With these steps, you can prepare your body for pregnancy and ensure the best chances.

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