1. Did you know that the FDA recommended daily intakes (RDIs) for nutrients are set at levels to prevent severe deficiency, and not to maximize your body's performance?
2. Did you know that it takes years for the FDA (and other federal agencies) to update guidance and policy, and that current RDIs are based on outdated research, up to 30 years old?
3. Did you know that updated research and RDIs for optimal nutrition during pregnancy are available as of 2018?
Pregnancy is a crucial time to make sure you're getting the proper amounts of vitamins and minerals to help baby grow both before and after birth, and to help sustain you through pregnancy, delivery and recovery. In fact, the nutrients you get now affect both your children and grandchildren.
Doctors, however, aren't trained in nutrition to guide you through eating for pregnancy. Dietitians and nutritionists are well trained, and some even specialize in prenatal nutrition.
Getting your vitamins and minerals through a diet of real food is best, but sometimes hard to do for various reasons. Nowadays we have foods fortified with synthetic versions of nature-made nutrients, like folic acid, iron, and calcium, and we also have supplements. Unfortunately, just because it's listed on the label doesn't mean your body is actually absorbing it.
Again, it's best to get your nutrients from real foods, then the next best option is to research the best forms and amounts of each nutrient, and which brands use the highest quality. (Sounds like a LOT of work, right? It is!)
It's common and expected to take a prenatal vitamin during pregnancy, sometimes even leading up to and following pregnancy. Here you can learn about each nutrient, how it affects pregnancy, and what happens when you're deficient, as well as get recommendations for the best supplements if you find that getting a particular nutrient through your diet is tough.
Check out what to eat for pregnancy, then head over to see what goes into picking a prenatal vitamin for pregnancy, or read about calcium needs for pregnancy, or any other nutrient. Lastly, check out the free pregnancy meal plan.
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