Pregnancy: An exciting and demanding time
Even before an expectant mother becomes aware that she is pregnant her body is already working hard to nurture her growing baby. The demands of her changing body, together with the needs of the developing baby, means that pregnancy is one of the most nutritionally demanding periodâ€šÃ„Ã´s of a womanâ€šÃ„Ã´s life.
9Months+, in conjunction with a balanced diet, provides the essential vitamins and minerals needed to support the complex process of growth, aiding the healthy development of the baby whilst also maintaining the motherâ€šÃ„Ã´s good health during this exciting time.
The need for nutritional supplementation
A developing foetus needs to obtain the vitamins and minerals essential for growth from the mother. During pregnancy the essential nutrients that the mother ingests reach the baby through the placenta. If the mother was to become deficient in these essential nutrients then so would the foetus and studies show that vitamin and mineral deficiencies during pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause damage to the mother and negatively affect the babyâ€šÃ„Ã´s development. Some deficiencies can result in severe malformations in the baby such as brain and spinal cord defects (eg. Spina bifida).
It is therefore critically important that the mother keeps up a healthy diet during, and after, pregnancy in order to maintain her own good health and to ensure the healthy growth of her baby. However, it is not always easy to sustain a healthy diet throughout this physically demanding, time. Hence the need to bolster the daily diet with a well-balanced nutritional supplement that is specifically formulated to provide all the vitamins and minerals required during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
9Months+: The Ideal Supplement
9Months+ is a comprehensive vitamin and mineral supplement formulated specifically for pregnant and nursing mothers. It contains all the essential nutrients necessary for maintaining the motherâ€šÃ„Ã´s health and ensuring the healthy development of the baby, including the following:
Vital during pregnancy, Folic acid supplementation has been shown to protect against neural tube defects (the brain and spine develop from the neural tube and defects can cause paralysis and mental retardation). Examples of such defects are spina bifida, in which the spinal cord is not completely encased in the bone, anencephaly, a fatal defect in which part of the brain is not fully developed, and cleft palate. It is recommended that women planning to become pregnant should supplement their diet with Folic acid before conception in order to ensure that it is available to the baby from the outset.
The expectant motherâ€šÃ„Ã´s need for iron begins in the first trimester, and continues until the birth of the baby and during breastfeeding. Iron is needed during pregnancy to form red blood cells in both the mother and baby. Firstly, the motherâ€šÃ„Ã´s body begins to make extra red blood cells which will help to transport the oxygen needed by the developing baby. Secondly, iron plays a role in the formation of the babyâ€šÃ„Ã´s blood and the baby is totally reliant on the mother for its own blood formation. If the mother does not ingest enough iron she is at risk of becoming anaemic. In turn her baby could become anaemic and, in severe cases, this could lead to heart failure.
- B Complex Vitamins
These vitamins are important for the development of a healthy nervous system. For example, Thiamine (Vitamin B1) is responsible for regulating the supply of carbohydrates to your baby, which are critical for the development of his/her brain. A severe deficiency in Thiamine during pregnancy may result in a child born with congenital beriberi, a syndrome of heart failure and mental confusion that may progress to coma.
A baby requires calcium for the development of strong bones and teeth. After birth and during breastfeeding the need for calcium intake continues. If the mother does not consume enough calcium during pregnancy to support the normal functions of her body (heartbeat, cellular function and muscle contractions) and her babyâ€šÃ„Ã´s development, her baby will draw calcium from reserves found in her bones. For some women, this may lead to osteoporosis later in life.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D helps the motherâ€šÃ„Ã´s body to regulate and maintain normal levels of calcium and phosphorous. Since Vitamin D plays a critical role in calcium regulation, low levels of Vitamin D may lead to osteoporosis later in life. Severe deficiencies in Vitamin D have been associated with seizures and rickets (bowing of the legs) in newborns.
Zinc plays an important role in the formation of the babyâ€šÃ„Ã´s developing organs, skeleton and internal systems like the nerves and circulation. Dietary deficiencies of zinc may be linked to premature delivery and low birth weight infants. Taking supplements containing zinc have been shown to improve pregnancy outcomes.
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps to promote the absorption of iron. Vitamin C also helps to boost immunity and is needed for maintaining healthy tissue and blood vessels.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is essential for the healthy development of skin and bones.
Recent studies provide overwhelming evidence of the need for iodine supplementation during pregnancy to ensure healthy development of the babyâ€šÃ„Ã´s nervous system. The studies suggest that iodine deficiency can affect the healthy development of the babyâ€šÃ„Ã´s brain and affect the babyâ€šÃ„Ã´s mental potential. In severe cases of deficiency, the baby could be mentally retarded as well as deaf and mute.
Ask your Doctor about 9Months+
Your Doctor will confirm that 9Months+ contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required for the proper development and nourishment of the mother and developing baby. 9Months+ can be taken before conception, during the 9 months of pregnancy and after giving birth if one is planning to breastfeed.
So let 9Months+ (just one capsule per day or as prescribed by your doctor) help make this an exciting and memorable time in your life. 9Months+, together with a healthy and balanced diet, will help you to stay in good physical shape and aid the healthy development of the little bundle of joy growing inside you.