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A Guide to Pregnancy Supplements and Lifestyle Changes
When it comes to preparing for pregnancy, there's more to it than just taking a prenatal vitamin. While products like Materna provide a good baseline, they should only be considered the starting point. The body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy, and some minor deficiencies that were asymptomatic before can become more apparent. This comprehensive guide will delve into the essential pregnancy vitamins and supplements, as well as lifestyle modifications that can help ensure optimal pregnancy health.
Iron: The Essential Mineral
Iron deficiency is common among females, and it becomes even more critical during pregnancy. Iron is vital for the prevention of anemia and the maintenance of healthy red blood cells. Products like Proferrin and Palafer, available at your local Forbes Pharmacy, provide a healthy amount of iron while minimizing side effects like stomach cramping and constipation.
Folic Acid: The Pregnancy Superhero
Folic acid, a water-soluble vitamin B, is crucial during pregnancy. It helps maintain red blood cell health and aids in the production and maintenance of new cells, which is especially important during pregnancy. You can find folic acid in most pre/post-natal multivitamins and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin C: The Immunity Booster
Vitamin C can aid in cold prevention, assist with iron absorption, and strengthen connective and vascular tissue. It's important to continue supplementing with vitamin C during and after pregnancy to avoid a "rebound effect," which can lead to symptoms like fatigue and cold-like symptoms.
Omega-3 and Vitamin E: The Heart Protectors
Omega-3 and vitamin E are excellent for heart health. They can help control blood pressure and maintain a healthy heart. When selecting an omega-3 supplement, it's important to choose a pharmaceutical-grade product to avoid potential contaminants.
Beyond Supplements: Lifestyle Changes for Pregnancy Wellness
Supplements are just one aspect of pregnancy preparation. Lifestyle changes can also play a significant role in managing common pregnancy issues like morning sickness, stretch marks, hemorrhoids, and the development of allergies.
Vitamin B6 and ginger have been shown to decrease nausea and are safe for use during pregnancy. Forbes Compounding Pharmacy can even compound a capsule or a lollipop tailored to your needs.
Products like Bio-oil, vitamin E, and Cocoa Butter Formula, all available at Forbes Pharmacy, can help manage stretch marks. Staying active before, during, and after pregnancy can also help maintain post-partum weight gain and decrease the development of stretch marks.
Staying active and maintaining a healthy weight can also promote gastrointestinal health during pregnancy. If hemorrhoids become a problem, our pharmacists at Forbes Pharmacy can recommend stool softeners and other homeopathic remedies.
What you eat and supplement with during pregnancy can also affect the chances of your child developing allergies later on in life. Avoiding environmental allergens and certain foods can help reduce or delay the occurrence of allergies and asthma in your children.
In conclusion, preparing for pregnancy involves a combination of the right supplements and lifestyle changes. Each individual will have different needs, so feel free to approach one of our friendly and knowledgeable pharmacists at Forbes Compounding Pharmacy for assistance with planning your pregnancy needs!