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Pregnancy: the Nutritional Journey

Sunday March 22, 2020

Pregnancy timeline


From planning conception and through the journey of pregnancy to birth, mothers embark on one of the most important and meaningful stages of adulthood.    


First Trimester


Chances are that in the first 12 weeks the pregnancy will not be considerably obvious, yet behind the scenes, immense body changes are occurring.  The foetus is developing from a fertilised egg to the size of a plum and the embryonic tissues bring the blood supply and nutrients.  In this stage the mother-to-be may experience some tiredness, food cravings and morning sickness.

This is the time to get into good habits, good maternal nourishment via a wholefoods diet is utmost as the female body will share nutrients with the foetus.  A comprehensive pregnancy formulation that provides iron, b vitamins; especially choline, B2, B6, B9 and B12, these nutrients support normal energy and red blood cell production.  


While supplemental folic acid intake increases maternal folate status, consequently, low maternal folate status is a risk factor in the development of neural tube defects in the developing foetus.  Plus, iodine, minerals and vitamins C, D, E and K are necessary.  In addition, magnesium can support normal energy production, while ginger taken each morning can be helpful for mums-to-be.  It is useful to keep a check on iron levels and, if necessary, address them with additional iron under the supervision of a healthcare professional.   


Recommended supplements:  Pregnancy Complex, Pregnancy Omega Oil, Organic Ginger 


 First Trimester recommendations 

Second Trimester

From weeks 13 to 27 any symptoms should decrease, and the body is focused on foetal growth and development.  Continuation of the great dietary habits from the first trimester is vital, plus the addition of a nutritional oil is an easy way to add Omega-3 essential fatty acids to the diet.  The total volume of blood and fluids is considerable and increasing, so drinking plenty of mineral-rich water will help to maintain hydration, especially if the pregnancy is during the summer months.  


Similarly, adding a pure electrolyte formulation to water can be useful.  Maintaining good health is important for the mother and so beneficial bacteria may be considered due to their ability to ferment dietary fibre, in fact, several species of bacterium are considered safe and useful in pregnancy for both the foetus and mum. 


Recommended supplements:  Pregnancy ComplexPregnancy Omega OilSynerbio Mother & Baby Powder


 Second Trimester Recommendations 


Third Trimester and Birth

The third trimester is the time of the most dramatic growth, the foetus flourishes from the size of a large peach up to a birth weight baby.  Subsequently, a topical formulation my help to moisturise the skin that expands over the pregnant stomach.  Hormonally, the body signals for the greater extension of tendons and ligaments to allow for foetal growth, which may result in some aches and pains.  Epsom salt baths and supplemental magnesium may reduce tiredness and fatigue.  While, Oxytocin, another reproductive hormone, triggers labour and the powerful contractions of birthing plus several hours later the initiation of breastmilk.  


Be mindful that in the final week of pregnancy your healthcare professional may prefer you to refrain from supplementation in preparation for the birth.  Check if this is the case and how soon after the birth you can reintroduce food supplements. 


Recommended supplements: Pregnancy ComplexPregnancy Omega Oil, Organic Skin Repair Topical Oil 


 Third Trimester Recommendations 


Neonatal Nutrition 

In the excitement and whirlwind arrival of your baby, nutrition, sleep and routine can be disrupted.  Subsequently a pregnancy formulation for use in lactation can be a good option.  Try to get a routine as soon as possible and reach out for support from family and friends, you too need to recover.  Pre-planning and batch cooking meals for the family once or twice weekly means that a varied and nutritionally dense meal is available whenever necessary.


During breastfeeding the mother’s body donates nutrients and if enough nutrients are not available from dietary sources, the body will breakdown tissues to provide the nutrition of the infant.  With this in mind, maintenance of the Pregnancy Complex may be useful and supplemental omega-3 essential fatty acids are also in demand, subsequently, a pregnancy omega oil may be an option.  Additionally, maternal beneficial bacteria may support beneficial bacterium transfer through lactation. 


If breastfeeding is not an option, take a look at baby formulas that are free from sugar, sweeteners and additives while fortified with nutrients.


Recommended supplements: Pregnancy ComplexPregnancy Omega Oil, Synberio Mother & Baby Powder


 Neonatal recommendations  



Consider a trip to your local health food store for nutrition advice during pregnancy and lactation, plus, an overview of the current natural solutions for baby care.  


Author: Jenny Carson, MRES, BSc (Hons) MBANT, Senior Nutritionist and Technical Services Manager at ethical vitamin company Viridian Nutrition. 

The information contained in this article is not intended to treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a health practitioner. Please consult a qualified health practitioner if you have a pre-existing health condition or are currently taking medication. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet.  


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