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    It is generally believed that some drugs are not suitable for a pregnant woman, because whatever the mother takes in during this period is being shared by the fetus, therefore, we have compiled these five a drugs with amazing benefit for every pregnant woman. Read below



    Folic acid is essential in pregnancy to prevent neural tube birth defects, a condition that arises if the mother does not have enough folic acid. Folic acid is a member of the vitamin B group (aka Vitamin B9) and has important roles in various metabolic pathways.

    Pregnant women can get folic acid from natural sources such as green, leafy vegetables,   brown rice etc, however folic acid supplementation is still considered very important because you may not be able to get enough from your diet.

    Expert recommends that women should take a daily supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid while they are trying to conceive, and for the first 3months of pregnancy, when the baby’s spine is developing. Those at high risk of having pregnancy affected by neural tube defect are advised to take a dose of 5mg of folic acid daily for the first 3months.

    Talk to your doctor to know if you are at risk.

    1. IRON

    Nutritional anaemia is a world wide problem with the highest prevalence in developing countries especially during pregnancy and lactation. The most frequent cause of this has been reported to be iron deficiency. Iron plays important role in oxygen transport through the haemoglobin and in various other metabolic processes. Because your growing baby depends on your blood to live, having low level of iron may pose serious risk.

    If you have low level of iron in your blood, you may need to be placed on iron supplements.

    You can also get iron from natural sources such as lean meat, green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, and nuts.

    1. ZINC

    Physiological functions such as cell growth and division, sexual maturation and reproduction, host immunity, taste acuity etc are dependent on Zinc.

    Zinc plays an essential role in the construction of the baby’s cells and DNA.

    Adequate zinc supplementation helps both the mother and the foetus to be in good health and ensures proper growth of the baby.

    1. VITAMIN C

    Vitamin C is considered beneficial during infection when vitamin C level are believed to fall.

    Vitamin C protects and helps to keep cells healthy. You may be able to get all the vitamin C you need during pregnancy through a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, however you can still take vitamin C supplement just to be sure you have enough in case you come down with infection.

    1. VITAMIN D

    Our bodies makes Vitamin D when exposed to sun.  However, it has been reported that you may be at particular risk of not having enough vitamin D if you have dark skin (e.g African, African Caribbean or south Asian origin) or if you always cover your skin when outside.

    Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, which are needed to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy.

    Vitamin D is found only in few food (e.g eggs, red meat, oily fish), it is recommended that adults, especially pregnant women should take a daily supplement containing about 10mcg of vitamin D.

    There are so many supplements formulated specifically for pregnant women. If you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy, discuss with your doctor, pharmacist or midwife about the ones available in your locality and suitable for you.



    1. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, Nineteenth Edition.
    1. Vitamins, supplements and nutrition in pregnancy,   www.nhs.uk
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