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Once you discover the joyous news that you’re pregnant, it’s more important than ever to take extra care of yourself both physically and emotionally. By doing so you can significantly increase your chances of having an easier pregnancy and a healthy baby.

It is important that pregnant woman take extra supplements that will help to improve your baby’s development and overall health.

Recommended supplements includes:

Folic acid

Folic acid is a part of the B complex of vitamins (B9). It performs a vital role in everyone’s diet, as it is essential for not only red blood cell development and growth but also many other cells within the human body.

Folic acid helps in the early formation of your baby's nervous system. A lack of folic acid during the early stages of pregnancy can cause spina bifida, where the baby's spine and nerves do not form properly in the womb and other related problems in the baby. The NHS recommends that women who are pregnant should take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid daily in the first twelve weeks of pregnancy and during pre-conception.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D has several important roles in the human body as it helps regulate the quantity of calcium and phosphate, which are required to maintain healthy teeth and bones. Furthermore it helps to support and keep a normal immune system function.

There are very few foods that contain vitamin D organically, however some foods are fortified with it, which means that the vitamin is supplemented into the food. Foods that encompass vitamin D include, fish such as salmon, sardines, oysters and mackerel, meat such as salami, ham and sausages, fortified diary products, fortified cereals, fortified soy products and eggs.

Due to today's busy lifestyle, it can be difficult to obtain the adequate amount of vitamin D through the suns rays and daily food intake alone, therefore it may be beneficial to take a vitamin D supplement. Current recommendations are for all pregnant women to have a 10 micrograms (10mcg) supplement of vitamin D each day.


Iron plays a vital role in haemoglobin, which carries oxygen to all part of the body and to the placenta. During pregnancy a woman's daily requirement for iron doubles, from 15 to 30 milligrams, becoming especially important in the second and third trimesters. A lack of iron can leave mums-to-be, tired, lethargic, pale, and prone to infection.

Look after your health and your baby’s health with a wide range of products and supplements available at The Health Bay.

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