pre and post natal care
DURING PRECONCEPTION AND THE POSTNATAL STAGE, IT IS ESSENTIAL TO SUPPORT THE OVERALL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF MOM.
Pregnancy can bring feelings of both joy and worry, and the information out there on how to stay healthy can be overwhelming. Below are some key supplements and self-care strategies to support both mom and baby’s best health.
FOLATE: A PRECONCEPTION ESSENTIAL
Folate is a B vitamin essential for supporting the healthy development of the fetus. It helps reduce the risk of neural-tube defects when taken prior to conception and throughout the early months of pregnancy. For mom, it supports healthy red blood cells, adequate iron levels and can help prevent fatigue.
OMEGA-3: BRAIN SUPPORT FOR MOM AND BABY
Omega-3s help support moms’ brain and tissues throughout her pregnancy. These essential fats are critical for supporting baby’s neural and vision development while in utero and during breastfeeding. A high quality supplement can helps ensure both are getting an adequate amount
PRENATAL VITAMINS: THE FOUNDATION
Moms-to-be and postnatal moms need a lot of nutrition! It can be difficult to achieve this exclusively through our food. A high-quality prenatal vitamin can act as your insurance policy, ensuring you and baby are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. Consider maintaining your daily prenatal even after baby arrives to keep supporting your health!
SELF-CARE: TO SUPPORT MOM
Adequate self-care helps to reduce stress, boost our immune systems and encourage a state of calm. During pregnancy and even after baby arrives it is critical for moms to take time to nourish themselves. Choose nutrient rich body oils, creams and balms with organic ingredients to support your expanding belly!
MAGNESIUM: FOR MOM AND BABY
It is estimated that over 50% of Canadians are deficient in magnesium as it is tricky to get this key mineral by diet alone. What’s good for mom is good for baby too! Magnesium supports baby’s bone development and supplementing daily may help reduce fatigue, muscle soreness, cramping, constipation, and insomnia in mom.
IRON: KEY BLOOD SUPPORT
During pregnancy your body increases its blood supply by 30-50%, so if your iron stores aren’t sufficient before pregnancy, it can be hard for your body to keep up while baby is rapidly growing. Ensure adequate stores by eating iron-rich foods like red meat, beans, legumes, and spinach combined with vitamin C. Additionally, an easy-to-absorb iron supplement can help.
ECHINACEA: SAFE IMMUNE SUPPORT
Most cold and flu remedies, even natural ones, are not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding. So, what’s a new mom to do to prevent or alleviate symptoms? Choose echinacea! It’s safe for moms and children, and can help reduce the discomfort of upper respiratory infections.