VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS

Your baby relies on the vitamins and minerals you supply for their growth. These essential nutrients – such as calcium for healthy bones and iron for healthy blood – will help your baby to get a good start in their development. This is the main reason you’re advised to enjoy a varied diet during pregnancy; a wide selection of foods will, in theory, provide a wide selection of vitamins and minerals.

This section looks at the importance of the vitamins and minerals that are recommended during pregnancy, why they’re recommended and which foods are considered good sources of those vitamins and minerals.

Vitamin K in pregnancy

An essential nutrient for blood clotting, vitamin K occurs naturally in many foods so your baby will get a certain level while in utero. Read about why babies are given an added boost of vitamin K at birth and discover the best sources to include in your diet.

Vitamin K in pregnancy plays a vital role in allowing blood to clot, as well as proving essential to the development of your baby’s bones. A lack of it can cause vitamin K deficiency bleeding.

Although cases of vitamin K deficiency bleeding are relatively rare, the consequences in babies can be very serious. For those babies who don’t get enough vitamin K during pregnancy, their blood loses the ability to clot and seal any wounds, leading to serious complications soon after birth.

To make sure they have a sufficient amount, babies are given an injection of vitamin K at birth. You’re also advised to include vitamin K-rich foods in your diet during pregnancy, just to be on the safe side.

Too much vitamin K can be toxic in a synthetic form, so it is best obtained from a healthy diet rather than supplements.

Vitamin K-Rich Foods

Vitamin K is generally best absorbed from raw fruit and vegetables.

These foods are all good sources:

  • Fresh, raw salads and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.
  • Red cabbage, cucumber, leeks, celery, artichokes, peas and beans
  • Dairy products such as cottage cheese and cream or milk
  • Olive and rapeseed oil
  • Lean meat (but make sure it’s cooked through)
  • Combining these sources is a great way to ensure you’re getting enough – try snacks such as celery dipped in cottage cheese, add cucumber to your cheese sandwiches or make creamy vegetable soups using a leek base

If you have any questions about vitamins in pregnancy why not give our Careline team a call on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday.