In last weeks' blog I touched somewhat on vitamins and how useful vitamin B-6 can be. It's important to note that all vitamins play a very important role in the body's growth and function. It's also important to note that all vitamins aren't made the same. There are a lot of fake or synthetic vitamins out there that do not serve their purpose. A whole food diet that is as plant based as possible will always provide you with all the vitamins you need and when you do decide to take a vitamin try to take whole food or plant based vitamins. One of my favorite brands is the Mega Food brand, which I found at The Vitamin Shoppe. I also loved the Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamins. I had to get the Prenatal Mini because I could not swallow the larger pills but they were great. Now let's get into these vitamins a little more.
Vitamin B9 or Folate/Folic Acid comes naturally from dark leafy greens, whole grains, and beans. This vitamin is essential because it is involved in DNA repair, cell division, along with brain and spinal cord development.
Vitamin B12 is important to your growing baby's brain development and nervous system. Lack of B12 can lead to cleft lip and cleft palate. This vitamin also protects against anemia during pregnancy. This vitamin can be found in eggs, milk, and spirulina.
Vitamin C helps build healthy skin and also creates a pretty awesome immune system. Eating strawberries, papaya, broccoli, and different bell peppers are a perfect way to get your vitamin c!
And finally......Vitamin D! You can always get this by taking some time out to let the sun kiss your skin. This vitamin is important for the body to have healthy teeth and bones. This vitamin can also help prevent gestational diabetes. Sardines, egg yolks, cheese, and of course sunlight are excellent sources of vitamin D.
Hopefully this wasn't information overload and these tips can be found useful! Until next time, Peace, Love, and Light
Certified Pregnancy Health Coach