I was apprehensive of the prescribed pregnancy supplements
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I was apprehensive of the prescribed pregnancy supplements

Suddenly my heart skipped a beat, my mind froze, my body trembled and my vision blurred…was it real? Or just a figment of my imagination? Swiftly my husband intervened and gazed at that tiny device in my shaky hands which had two pink lines. Oh my God, our eyes were eager to watch this sight for so long.

 

He jumped with joy and hugged me “Darling, this is the best thing which could have happened to us.” Yes, I was pregnant! Tears of joy rolled down my cheeks, it was a moment which could not be exchanged for anything in this world…a moment so divine!

 

And just like that, my life changed! Now, my biggest priority was to create the healthiest and most nourishing environment for me and my growing child. Hence, started an era of confusion and never ending doubts to add to the woes. There was plethora of advice and suggestions coming my way from so many varied sources. It was very difficult to figure out the right and the best course of action especially regarding food and the supplements to be taken in the coming nine months.

 

To top it all up, my early pregnancy was extremely nauseous. I wonder why people call it morning sickness when it can hit at any point in day. Funnily, my “Morning” sickness started in “Afternoons” and lasted all day long. However, being a working lady, I was fortunate enough to get up afresh every morning like a pro, and rush to work as usual. However, as the day passed, I began to feel pukish and giddy and ended up feeling miserable till night.

 

I seemed to have developed an aversion to almost all kinds of food and could hardly eat anything which I feared would hinder my child’s growth. So, we decided to visit my gynaecologist. Keeping in mind my aversions to the regular food (Lenticels, Chapatti and certain veggies) my gynaecologist suggested me to explore some varied nutritious diets like fortified breakfast cereals, rice, nuts and dried fruits, fresh fruits/juices, Dates, Prunes, yogurt etc. and to keep myself well hydrated during the day. In addition to it, she prescribed milk with nutritious health drink choices twice a day.

 

She also prescribed me supplements, for which I was very unsure or may be a bit reluctant as I had often come across my elderly relatives questioning the medicines (supplements) prescribed during pregnancy as they believed that pregnancy is a natural process and not a disease for which so many medicines must be taken. I expressed my concern to my gynaecologist regarding the supplements, listening to which she smiled and grabbed a notepad and a pen, and started off “Such is the lifestyle now that we don’t get as many nutrients and fat soluble vitamins from our basic food every day and we miss out on a lot of absolute necessary nutrients our body needs, hence prenatal pregnancy supplements serve as an insurance policy to make sure the baby and the mother are getting what is needed for a healthy progress.”

 

  • Folate is important to take during pregnancy because it helps baby’s nervous system to develop. It also helps prevent birth defects related to baby’s brain and spinal cord that can occur at 3-4 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Calcium is needed by the developing baby to build strong bones and teeth. Calcium also helps your baby grow a healthy heart, nerves, and muscles as well as develop a normal heart rhythm and blood-clotting abilities.
  • Iron helps make extra red blood cells for both the mother and the baby. You also need extra iron for your growing baby and placenta, especially in the second and third trimesters.
  • Multivitamins capsules give all the additional vitamins and minerals that you need during pregnancy.

 

My apprehensions were all gone and my thoughts cleared up and now I was totally in sync with the doctor’s recommendation for supplementations during pregnancy.

 

Though they say “It is best to get vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, however pregnancy is a demanding time for the body, so it needs to be complemented by the vitamin supplements along with the regular nutritious diet. Hence, let’s not undermine the power of supplementation during pregnancy.

Disclaimer: (The views, opinions and recommendations expressed in this article are solely those of the author and intended as an educational aid. Please consult your doctor for professional advice concerning specific health/medical matters.)

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