Many thanks for your query. A good approach is to allocate at least 3 months for vitamin supplementation (i.e. 90 days) to be taken prior to falling pregnant. This will really assist your body in preparing for a healthy conception. Once your prescious cargo is on board, you can continue as such and even after the delivery of baby. There are numerous supplements for this purpose.
The following are quality supplements you can consider :
A good multivitamin is always a must e.g. The VIRIDIAN PREGNANCY COMPLEX, taken as x2 capsules daily after breakfast. This product is free of gluten, wheat, lactose, added sugar, salt, yeast, preservatives and artificial colourings. Suitable for vegetarians. (In the Viridian range no bovine products are used, nor is any testing done on animals). Other alternative examples of quality multivitamins are CHELA-PREG by Arctic, and can be taken as x1 tablet daily after food. PREGNAVIT M by Georen Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd is another alternative, and can be taken as x2 capsules daily after food, preferably breakfast. Don’t take your supplements on an empty tummy - your body will only absorb about 20% of the supplement and the rest will literaly pass right through you! Only one of the above need be taken for a multivitamin. These supplements contain folic acid which is essential for well developed brain tissue and prevents neural tube defects.
An omega supplement is essential. I always recommend MUMOMEGA Pregnancy by Arctic, and can be taken as x1 capsule daily . MEGA OMEGA by The Real Thing company, is an excellent alternative, and again only x1 capsule daily. An omega supplement will provide your baby with essential nutrients for healthy nerve and muscle tissue.
All of the above named products are stocked by our Wellness Warehouse stores.
When eating, it is important to remember that you are not eating for two (!), but in essence to eat correctly with a well balanced nutritional eating plan. Eat small meals often, don’t skip meals etc. Do eat your 7-9 vegetables (including salads) a day, 3-4 fruits a day (unless diabetic), drink at least 2 litres of water a day, and do gentle exercise like walking and swimming. Your dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, brocolli and green beans contain iron. The herb rocket, is loaded with iron and can be eaten on sandwiches, in salads and soups - my personal favourite! Vegetables and fruits contain natural antioxidants which support the immune system and among other things, help to eliminate toxins and chemicals from the body. If you are able to visit our food markets and cafe, you can only benefit from the healthy variety and quality available. Steer clear of too much of the ‘white’ foods like white bread, pastries, white sugar.
All of the above, with a good dose of patience added, can surely make it happen! Oh, and don’t forget to destress - vitally important in order for a pregnancy to happen.
All the best of luck! Warm regards, Angela, Nursing Practitioner.