Ensuring a Nutrient-Rich Pregnancy: The NHS Guide to Folate and Vitamin D Supplementation

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Nutrition plays a pivotal role during pregnancy, influencing both the health of the expectant mother and the developing child. Two nutrients that are crucial during this period are folate and Vitamin D.

The NHS provides clear guidelines on the recommended supplementation of these vital nutrients to ensure a healthy, nutrient-rich pregnancy.

NHS Recommendations on Folate

Folate, or Vitamin B9, is indispensable for the proper development of the baby's neural tube, which later forms the brain and spinal cord. The NHS advises women who are trying to conceive to take a supplement containing 400 micrograms of folic acid. This proactive approach significantly reduces the risk of developing neural tube defects.

However, some individuals might benefit more from folate, the natural form of Vitamin B9 found in foods, due to various reasons like it genetic mutations affecting folic acid metabolism and the generally easier absorption.

NHS Recommendations on Vitamin D

Vitamin D regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, nutrients that are vital for maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and muscles. During pregnancy, adequate Vitamin D levels are crucial to support the baby’s skeletal development and overall growth.

The NHS recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms of Vitamin D to ensure they meet their daily requirements.

Choosing the Right Supplements

For folate supplements, consider products labelled as '5-MTHF' or 'L-methylfolate', as they contain the natural and active form of Vitamin B9.

The NHS recommend that Vitamin D3 is a preferred option due to its effectiveness.

Our NHS Recommended Folate & Vitamin D Pack contain both the natural and active folate (L-methylfolate) as a supplement and vitamin D3 in an easy to use spray.

Adhering to NHS guidelines for folate and Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy is a practical step towards fostering a nutrient-rich environment for your baby. 

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