Pregnancy nutrition for mom and baby

The old wives’ tale that a pregnant woman could expect to lose a tooth for every baby is fortunately not true. If a woman doesn’t get enough calcium during her pregnancy her bones, not her teeth, will provide what her growing baby needs. However it is true that an expectant woman’s body will divert necessary nutrients to her little one within and this of course can lead to mom being depleted of certain minerals and nutrients.

Therefore most doctors routinely recommend that expectant mothers should take nutritional supplements that have been formulated with active ingredients that can support her needs both during pregnancy and after the birth. These ingredients, like essential omega fatty acids for instance, also play a beneficial role in the physical and mental development of the baby. By looking after herself first, a mother will be nourishing her growing baby to the best of her ability.

Good nutrition can also assist in helping moms through common areas of health discomfort during pregnancy such as constipation, heartburn, tiredness, morning sickness, cramps and varicose veins.

It is usually recommended that a pregnant woman drinks 6-8 glasses of water, adds fibre into the diet, takes moderate exercise like walking (if doctor permits), goes out into the fresh air and has plenty of rest and sleep. So eating is just a part of a healthy lifestyle leading up to birth. However eating for two does place the emphasis on quality, not quantity. It is always helpful for energy levels to keep blood sugar in the happy zone by eating five small meals a day. That is where Mom2B® Pregnancy Shakes make a great choice. They are an affordable and convenient meal supplement and can be enjoyed once or twice a day as a nourishing snack, even at night.

The unique qualities of Mom2B® Pregnancy Shakes include:

•Good for moms and babies
•Very high in vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, folic acid and zinc
•High in vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 (nicotinamide), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, iodine, iron, and magnesium
•Source of calcium and phosphorus
•Low in fat
•High in fibre as packed
•Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS) (Prebiotics)

Back on the subject of teeth. Many women notice changes in their gums during pregnancy like swelling or bleeding, which can lead to dental problems. This could be “pregnancy gingivitis”, which can start as early as in the second month. Therefore good oral hygiene is recommended, or even support from a dentist. Happily, it subsides after the baby is born.

All in all, taking care of your unborn baby starts with taking care of yourself!

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