A healthy pregnancy diet
It is essential for an expecting mother to maintain a nutritious diet throughout her pregnancy, not only for her own health but also for the health of her baby.
Throughout the pregnancy, a mother’s diet is the most effective way the foetus can gain the necessary nutrients to assist in the baby’s healthy growth and development. Without sufficient nutrition in this period, a baby runs the risk of low birth weight or small-for-gestational age (SGA) amongst other complications.1
Supplementation during pregnancy and breastfeeding
A nutritious diet during pregnancy can help to prepare your body for the numerous changes it will undergo, boost your energy levels as well as assist to form foetal organs and the placenta.2 Even though, many pregnant mothers are well aware that their diet is of utmost importance during this period, often hectic work schedules, family obligations, and the normal stresses of everyday life make it difficult for moms-to-be to maintain a nutritious pregnancy diet. Pregnancy presents a special maternal demand for high quality nutrients due to an increase in metabolic stress, hence supplementation is recommended during this period.5
Many of the supplements available on the market are in the form of a capsule, tablet or shake, giving mothers varied choice in getting the right amount of nutrients that they require throughout their pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Consider all the supplement formats available on the market and choose the one that best fits your lifestyle and nutritional requirements.
A pregnancy diet is not only limited to healthy eating – it is about ensuring that you consume enough of the required nutrients to promote the growth and development of your unborn baby, while maintaining your own health.
Is my supplement giving me the right nutrients?
Though most pregnant women know that they should increase their intake of nutritious food during pregnancy and while breastfeeding, selecting the right combination is often a difficult task. When selecting supplements during your pregnancy, it is advisable to be on the lookout for the following nutrients:
Folic acid carries a number of benefits for a pregnant mother and her unborn baby, with much of the focus being placed on its cellular growth and regeneration properties. Folic acid can help to prevent neural tube
defects, serious birth defects of the spinal cord and the brain in the unborn baby. Moreover, research suggests that folic acid can help to lower your baby’s risk of additional defects including an oral or facial cleft or cardial anomalies.3
To consume more folic acid, try adding dark green vegetables, oranges, wholegrains, lentils, dried beans or peas to your diet as these are high in the beneficial vitamin.4 Supplementation of the vitamin still remains crucial given the added maternal demand for high quality nutrients during pregnancy and breastfeeding.5
Vitamin B6 and ginger
Approximately 70-85% of pregnant women experience nausea and half of these women are likely to experience vomiting episodes as well.3 With this said, if you are a pregnant mother that battles with morning sickness then this vitamin B6 and ginger combination can assist with nausea relief.7
A good pre-natal supplement can provide at least 1.9 mg vitamin B6 per day serving which is the recommended amount to help develop antibodies, produce red blood cells, and to meet the nutritional needs
of a developing baby.8
Ginger offers an effective natural method to curb nausea in pregnant women. One of the greatest aspects of ginger is that it can be consumed in a variety of formats.
If you are an avid tea drinker, consider substituting your usual tea for ginger tea to reduce morning sickness, while simultaneously giving your unborn baby the nutrients it requires.9
Iron intake plays a vital role in red blood cell production 3 whereas the lack of it can cause anaemia during pregnancy; which can pose a number of risks for a mother and her unborn baby.12 Some of these risks include the increased risk of premature birth, low birth weight as well as delayed maturation.
These are just a few of the nutrients required by pregnant mothers, its best to consult with your health care practitioner to gain more information on the best nutrients for your pregnancy.
Do I need a Pregnancy Shake?
A Pregnancy Shake can still be useful to you even if you are taking a multivitamin. Here are a few reasons why:
- Pregnancy Shakes are loaded with nutritional content thus ensuring that you and your unborn baby are gaining the necessary nutrients during pregnancy. By adding a shake to your supplementation you can acquire both micro (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats). Opt for a Pregnancy Shake that complements your pregnancy multivitamins to make sure you acquire the recommended daily allowance of nutrients necessary for the wellbeing of you and your baby.
Pregnancy shakes are quick and easy to prepare. With the busy lifestyle many women lead, pregnant mothers need additional means to obtain their daily allowance of nutrients without consuming too much of their time.
Choosing to add a shake to your diet in the moments when you just can’t stop for a long lunch break, can help
you not compromise on your required nutrients until your next meal.
- A Pregnancy Shake that is low in fat does not trigger nausea which can be very helpful for pregnant mothers.
- They are available in different flavours allowing you to be a little picky in your preferences. With the changing cravings that come with pregnancy, you can easily go from a chocolate fanatic one minute to strawberry the next – in which case there is a shake available for you.
Mom2B® Pregnancy Shakes
The Mom2B® Pregnancy Shake provides advanced nutritional support to expectant moms and their babies. It is enriched with 12 vitamins and 8 minerals which can help to ensure that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers
get the necessary nutrients required for this period. These shakes are high in fibre as packed while low in fat making it the ideal and convenient supplement for a busy mom-to-be.
Mom2B® Pregnancy Shake is:
• Good for moms and babies
• Very high in vitamin B6 and folic acid
• High in vitamin C, vitamin B3, magnesium and iron
• A source of calcium, phosphorus and Iron
• Low in fat
• High in fibre as packed
• Available in chocolate delight, velvet vanilla and saucy strawberry flavours
Mom2B® Pregnancy Omega
The active ingredients can support mom with:*
• Immune system14,15
• Anti-inflammatory function16
The active ingredients can support baby with:*
• Nervous system development17
• Visual development17
• Brain function17
Mom2B® Pregnancy Supplement
The active ingredients can assist the body with:*
• Nausea support18,19
• Cell growth support3,20
• Bone support21,22
• Energy function support23
• Immune support3
• Red blood cell production support3
Also available as a Mom2B® Pregnancy Combo Pack
Conveniently packaged to provide one month’s supply of pregnancy omega and pregnancy supplements in a single pack.
* Efficacy of support may vary between users.
References – Further Reading:**
1. Haider BA, et al. 2011. Effect of multiple micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy on maternal and birth outcomes. BMC Public Health 11. (Suppl 3): S19-S27. 2. Owen, S. 2015. The complete guide to pregnancy and child care – The baby manual. Lulu.com. P. 30. 3. Rossouw J. 2011. Nutritional support during pregnancy. CPD module. 4. Brown, J.E. 2014. Dietary sources of folate: Nutrition through the life cycle. Cengage learning:
Australia, P. 115. 5. Talaulikar, V. & Arulkumaran, S. 2011. Folic acid in pregnancy. Obstetrics, gynaecology and
reproductive medicine, 21 (5), 147-148. 6. Ward, S.L & Hisley, S.M. 2011. Promoting a healthy pregnancy: maternal – child nursing care, mothers, Children and Families Revised Edition, Chapter 10, P. 267. 7. Jamigorn, M. & Phupong, V. 2007. Acupressure and Vitamin B6 to relieve nausea and vomiting in pregnancy: a randomized study. Arch Gyne Obset. P. 276, 245-249. 8. Pizzorno, J.E. & Murray, M.T. 2012. Textbook of natural medicine. 4th Ed. Elsevier Health services. P. 1150 9. Brucker, M.C. & King, T.L. 2015. Pharmacology for women’s health. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. P. 227 10. Marsh, M.S., Nashef, L. & Brex, P. 2012. Neurology and Pregnancy: Clinical management. CRC Press. P. 226. **Additional references available on request.