• Pregnancy

    The quality and quantity of a mother’s diet can help avoid pregnancy complications like pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes.info Moreover, an infant’s growth and development depends directly on its mother’s diet. Eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients results in a healthier infant. Research suggests that a healthy diet may also reduce the risk of chronic diseases later in life. When diet is not enough, prenatal supplements should be used to fill nutrient gaps.

    Learn more about key nutrients: Omega-3 DHA, Choline, Vitamin DIron

    Omega-3 DHA: DHA supports optimal brain, eye and nervous system development.[1] Omega-3 DHA is delivered through the placenta to the developing baby during pregnancy.[2]

    Choline: While healthy adults can normally produce enough choline to cover their needs, during pregnancy, mothers transfer a significant amount of their choline stores to the developing baby. As a result, it is important for pregnant women to include choline-rich foods – eggs, meat, poultry, peanuts – in their diet,[1] as this nutrient plays a role in spinal cord and brain development.

    Vitamin D: Low vitamin D status is common globally, especially in pregnant women. It is important for pregnant women to consume recommended levels of vitamin D to absorb calcium from foods and to avoid pregnancy complications. Higher vitamin D levels in pregnant women means that newborns also have higher levels, reducing risk of rickets and contributing to long-term bone health.[1]

    Iron: Iron deficiency is the most frequent cause for anemia and can affect development of the infant and often leads to pre-term delivery and low birth weight.[1]