Nutrition plays a key role in supporting the wellbeing of both would-be and expectant mothers and their babies. What you eat before and during pregnancy plays a vital role in the growth and development of your baby.

A woman’s nutritional needs change as she tries to conceive, falls pregnant and begins breastfeeding. During pregnancy, the recommended daily intake for key nutrients such as iron, folic acid and iodine can rise by at least 50 percent and breastfeeding women have an elevated daily need for folic acid and iodine.

Even if you eat a healthy, well-balanced diet it can be hard to get enough of what you need to support yourself and your baby, and a supplement may be required to meet the increased daily requirements for key vitamins and minerals.

Scroll down to find out why iron, folic acid and iodine are crucial for your blossoming body and baby.

A woman’s nutritional needs change during pregnancy and your diet might need additional support.

Taking a pregnancy multivitamin, like the one from Whole Earth & Sea®, alongside a diet including a wide variety of healthy foods, may maintain maternal health as it is formulated to support women in achieving their increased nutritional requirements.

Whole Earth & Sea®‘s Pregnancy Multi contains 47 vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including folate, iodine, iron and vitamin D.

Here’s a closer look at some of the key nutrients required during pregnancy and how they help support your unborn baby’s development.

Why you need folate during pregnancy

Folate and folic acid are important for pregnancy because they can help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects of the brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifida.

It’s recommended to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before you become pregnant and for at least 12 weeks into your pregnancy.

Looking for folate-rich foods? Try leafy green vegetables, nuts, rice and eggs.

A pregnancy multivitamin, like Whole Earth & Sea® Pregnancy Multi, is formulated to support women in achieving their nutritional requirements.

Why iodine is important for your pregnancy

Iodine is a naturally occurring mineral that is essential for healthy brain and nervous system development. Women need extra iodine while they are pregnant to produce enough hormones to support the healthy development of the foetus.

Iodine is found in a lot of the food that we eat, including seafood, bread and bread products and milk and dairy products.

During pregnancy and breastfeeding much more iodine is needed to meet the needs of both mum and the growing baby. For this reason, a supplement with iodine is recommended.

The role of iron when you’re expecting

During pregnancy, you need double the amount of iron that non-pregnant women need. Your body needs this iron to make more blood to supply oxygen to your baby. If you don’t have enough iron stores or get enough iron during pregnancy, you could develop iron deficiency anaemia.

Iron helps manufacture haemoglobin, the protein component in your baby’s red blood cells. Haemoglobin carries oxygen around your baby’s body to help ensure a healthy birth weight.

Healthy iron-rich foods include lean red meat, spinach, soybeans, lentils, kidney beans and iron-fortified cereals.

A prenatal vitamin that contains iron can help maintain iron levels within normal range.

How to get enough Vitamin D in pregnancy

Vitamin D in pregnancy can helps your baby’s bones, teeth, kidneys, heart and nervous system to develop.

For foods high in vitamin D, try portobello mushrooms, salmon and fortified milks and cereals. Sunshine can help boost your vitamin D intake too!

Sunshine may help with Vitamin D levels, but a multivitamin can make sure your body isn’t missing you on anything.

All about Whole Earth & Sea® Pregnancy Multi

Whole Earth & Sea®‘s Pregnancy Multi contains 47 vitamins, minerals and nutrients from wholefood ingredients that are important for helping prepare the body for pregnancy. This supplement also supports a healthy pregnancy and foetal development.

Benefits include:

  • Comprehensive vegan multivitamin designed to support a healthy pregnancy
  • Provides nutritional support for healthy foetal development and maternal health
  • Includes important nutrients, derived from wholefood sources including B-group vitamins, minerals and antioxidant-rich plant extracts

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