Are You Taking Supplements During Pregnancy? Here’s All You Need To Know How Far It Is Good.

Pregnancy is the most awaited moment in a women’s life! And there are some women who start to think about the health of their baby even before getting pregnant. It’s good to think about baby’s good health, isn’t it? But they must have knowledge on how far supplements are good for both the mother and the baby.

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The baby takes all the nutrients from the mother. Whatever the mother intakes will have an effect on baby’s health. Any deficiency in mother’s health can adversely affect baby’s health. From the nutritional perspective, it is preferable to have a proper diet during pregnancy in order to cope with the hormonal changes, fetal organ development and prevent numerous nutrient deficiencies.

Supplements mean extra supply of food or nutrient intake. But Supplements can show benefits or adverse effects and can also zero effect according to the doctors. It depends upon many factors such as the mother’s dietary habits, age, health conditions, culture and the types of supplements intake.

Types of Supplement

 * Natural Supplements: Supplements can be natural like fruits, vegetables, meat and other food stuffs. These can be found in grocery, supermarkets or any food stores. 

* Supplements also come in the form of tablets and syrups which is recommended by the doctors.

Supplements mostly taken

There are some supplements that are mostly consumed by pregnant women. These are: Folate i.e. folic acid, prenatal vitamins such as Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B12; Iron, Calcium, Omega 3.


It is important to take folic acid during pregnancy. It helps in preventing major birth defects known as neural tube defects. Also it prevents spina bifida. The folate is the natural form and the folic acid is the synthetic form. The natural form can be gained from eating green leafy vegetables. Folic acid is also contained in breakfast cereals, margarine etc. The folate received from natural foods is not enough; hence it is important to take folic acid supplement. 

Some women have increased risk of getting affected by neural tube defects. Hence they might have to take higher dose of folic acid. 
It is generally recommended to take 400 micrograms (mcg) each day. It is to be taken before pregnancy until 12 weeks of pregnancy

People with MTHFR defect however have to take recommendation from a professional practitioner.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C in general is good for health. But in pregnancy it works as a healthy supplement. Orange, strawberries, broccolis, Brussels sprouts, red and green peppers contains Vitamin C. It is good for skin cells as well as it protects and keeps them healthy.

Vitamin D

At least 10 micrograms (mcg) of Vitamin D should be taken each day. Vitamin D is present in oily fish, meat especially red meat, eggs.  Some women might need supplement of Vitamin D during pregnancy. Vitamin D is an essential Vitamin that’s required for all the would-be mothers, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.


The mother needs iron in the body as it produces hemoglobin required for both the mother and the baby. It also carries oxygen from lungs to rest of your body, which includes the baby too. 

Iron deficiency can cause anemia and in order to avoid it, one must have its proper Iron supplement. Iron is present in peanut butter, green leafy vegetables, dried fruits and nuts etc.


During pregnancy, the diet must have proper amount of calcium. Calcium makes bones and teeth stronger. It is therefore beneficial for both the mother and the baby. Milk, Cheese, Yoghurts, fish contains calcium.

Hence it can be taken as a natural diet and as a supplement.


Glutathione boosts immune system and that’s something required during pregnancy the most. It also plays a major role in the growth of fetus. As an antioxidant, it helps in the detoxification of pollutants in the placenta. Glutathione is also counted as one of the essential supplements during the pregnancy.

How far Supplements during Pregnancy is good?

Supplements are supposedly meant to give extra health to the mother and the baby. But research shows that there have been no changes seen in any already healthy pregnant woman and her baby due to the supplements used. 

Researches also concludes that these multivitamin tablets and supplements are ‘unlikely to be needed and are unnecessary expenses’. These supplements and extra nutrients cost more and many women are lured by these false advertisements. Some of them even take supplements without any doctor’s recommendation.

Supplements should always be taken if the physician advises.

Unless the woman is suffering from any sort of health or nutrient deficiency she is not supposed to take supplements and that too without any doctor’s recommendation. 

The need of supplements varies from person to person. It depends upon the pregnant woman’s age, physical condition, health, profession, place from where she belongs, culture, ethnicity and much more criteria to look into.

Therefore, always a good dietary plan on the doctor’s recommendation is a must before moving on to planning for the intake of supplements. The diet must be balanced and not to be taken indecisively. Proper exercise, a healthy diet, and a thorough doctor’s checkup ensure a good pregnancy phase. One must have a very careful research before jumping on to supplements during pregnancy.


laraib hassan jb

08 Nov 2017 12:57 PM

this site is very helpfull for everyone

Princy Khurana

10 Nov 2017 02:02 PM

wow, that information is so vital to anyone who is expecting. i wish i had read this when i was pregnant . well written


23 Nov 2017 10:26 AM

Great article explaining the supplement which we have to take during pregnancy

23 Nov 2017 10:28 AM

This is most important information you give us.. love it


23 Nov 2017 10:45 AM

Great informative article for all the new pregnant ladies :)

Rahma Hijabi

23 Nov 2017 02:57 PM

Educative brilliant piece of work

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