Pregnancy depletes several nutrients in the body, including folate, calcium and vitamin B6.
If you’re breastfeeding, your daily recommended dose of many nutrients is even higher than it was in pregnancy.
During breastfeeding, your needs for certain nutrients are even higher than they were during pregnancy. For that reason, it’s important to continue supplementing your diet with vitamins, minerals, and other important compounds during your entire breastfeeding journey.
Important nutrients to breastfeeding mum include;
During pregnancy, iron is depleted and most likely when one is anemic.
Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include;
-low energy level
-shortness of breath
Iron is protein’s best friend when it comes to the forming of hemoglobin.
Hemoglobin itself is an important substances that gives our blood the red color and it is also the substantial instrument for our body to be able to transport oxygen.
With oxygen being distributed to the entire system as needed, our body will then perform normally and as needed. This is because iron helps our body distributing oxygen to those part of the body that needed it through the blood.
When a person has a low amount of iron in its body, they will suffer from anemia. Anemia is a condition that happened to our body when it is lack the blood necessary to function in the body.
Consuming foods that are rich of iron is one way to get anemia away from our body. These foods including : pork/poultry meat, chicken, turkey, liver, fish, shellfish, all kinds of green vegetables, tofu, broccoli, sweet pea, bean sprout, cabbage.
You’ll need this mineral to keep your thyroid in tip-top shape and to help your baby’s brain and nervous system develop.
Iodine is a vital component of thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The mother’s thyroid hormone levels affect proper fetal growth and neurological development during pregnancy and after birth.
The recommended dietary allowance of iodine is higher for women when they are pregnant or breastfeeding in order to support proper fetal or infant growth and neurological development. Although breast milk contains iodine, concentrations can vary based on maternal iodine levels. If a pregnant or breastfeeding woman is deficient in iodine, the fetus or infant may be at risk for iodine deficiency and associated cognitive and psychomotor impairments.
B12 supplements are strongly recommended for mothers who adhere to vegetarian diets that include no animal products, such as vegan and macrobiotic diets. Such diets can lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency in mom and/or baby because this vitamin is primarily available from animal protein.
If you’re pregnant, you know that eating nutritious food is important for the healthy development of your baby. A diet rich in minerals and vitamins plays a significant role in supporting a healthy pregnancy. Vitamin B12, for instance, is crucial as it promotes the development of the nervous system and the brain in unborn babies. A deficiency of it can cause severe complications such as neural tube defects or early miscarriage.
Foods rich in vitamin B12 include, milk, eggs, meat, pork, shellfish, yoghurt, cottage cheese and many others.
Choline is an essential nutrient that is a precursor for the cell membrane components phosphatidylcholine (PC) and sphingomyelin, required for synthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and is a source of methyl groups for synthetic reaction.
Most moms aren’t getting enough of this brain-building nutrient. Choline is a nutrient that’s similar to B vitamins.
Alternatively, you can increase your intake of meat, eggs, poultry, fish, and dairy, as these products provide natural sources of choline. Women who follow vegan and vegetarian diets will likely need to supplement with choline since they are often at a greater risk for choline deficiency.
Vitamin D is needed to support healthy bone development and to prevent rickets, a condition that causes weak or deformed bones. Vitamin D deficiency rickets among breastfed infants is rare, but it can occur if an infant does not receive additional vitamin D from foods, a vitamin D supplement, or adequate exposure to sunlight.
Breast milk alone does not provide infants with an adequate amount of vitamin D, even if mothers are taking vitamins containing vitamin D. Shortly after birth, most infants will need an additional source of vitamin D.
The risk for vitamin D deficiency is increased when there is limited exposure to sunlight or when an infant is not consuming an adequate amount of vitamin D. Although reducing sun exposure is important for preventing cancer, it also decreases the amount of vitamin D that a person can make from sunlight.
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