Pregnant, what supplementation?

They are tempting these "cocktails" that promise to make the most beautiful babies and be in perfect health for nine months! But are they really useful and harmless? Sometimes yes, sometimes no ... The point with Dr. Laurence Benedetti, specialist doctor in health food and micronutrition.

Why supplement pregnant?

  • If you eat everything, you think that the supplements are not for you: a complete and balanced diet does not it cover all your needs in vitamins, minerals and trace elements? A priori yes. But this answer deserves some nuances ... Pregnant, your way of feeding you changes and can lead you to "dead ends" on certain foods. Because disgusts settle in or you have to evict specific products to prevent toxoplasmosis or other infection. On a case-by-case basis, for each of the most important nutrients during pregnancy, Dr. Laurence Benedetti, a specialist in health food and micronutrition, advises you.


Why are Omega-3s important during pregnancy?

  • In the family of omega-3s, DHA, or docosahexaenoic acid, is pregnant. By contributing to the production of cell membranes, this fatty acid plays an essential role in the development of the brain and nervous system of the fetus.
  • DHA also intervenes in the maturation of the retina and thus allows to build a good vision to your little one!
  • To know also: from the 7th to the 9th month of pregnancy, your baby needs to make provisions of DHA that stores in its adipose tissues to continue after its birth its brain development.
  • On your side too, DHA has a definite advantage: it decreases the risk of suffering from postpartum depression.

When will you miss it?

  • If you are not a follower of fatty fish (salmon, which must be limited to twice a month because of its high levels of mercury, sardines and mackerel). And if you never consume rapeseed oil.

Omega-3 supplementation instructions for use

  • If you choose DHA supplementation, take it throughout the pregnancy. Aim for 250 mg a day. If you respect this number, you are at no risk of overdose.
Vitamins, minerals and trace elements are necessary for your health and that of your baby. Provided they are accurately dosed and you follow the advice of your doctor

Folates (B9 vitamins)

Why are folates important pregnant?

  • These vitamins intervene in the prevention of serious malformations of the fetus. They participate in particular in the closing of its neural tube - part which will become then the brain and the spinal cord.
  • Researchers have also discovered that B9 vitamins (and others like B6 and B12) contribute to the production of small molecules (methyls) that stick on the baby's DNA and act as switches: they are able to to put the genes of certain diseases like diabetes or hypertension in "off" position and to prevent them from expressing themselves in the future.

When will you miss it?

  • There is almost one risk out of two that you have a deficit in B9. If you want to be clear, ask your doctor to prescribe a blood test of homo-cysteine, an amino acid. A high rate means that B9, B6 and B12 are low.

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