Tailoring Pregnancy Nutrition Through Trimesters

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As the miracle of pregnancy unfolds, a women’s body undergoes a remarkable journey to support foetal development. Each trimester brings with it its unique set of demands and challenges for a woman. From the early days of conception to the final stretch before birth, the growing foetus places distinct demands on the mother's body. Therefore, it is key that a pregnancy supplement is tailored to each trimester.

That is why at Zita West we’ve tailored our range of pregnancy supplements to ensure both you and your baby are getting the very best care throughout your journey. The core product in our pregnancy range is Vital Essence, with three products to cover each trimester: Vital Essence 1, Vital Essence 2 and Vital Essence 3.

Choosing the right prenatal supplement is crucial for a healthy pregnancy journey, and at Zita West, we've made it easy to understand. Our Vital Essence range is designed to meet your changing nutrient needs throughout each stage of pregnancy without unnecessary excess. Getting the right nutrients in the right amounts supports your baby's development and helps you adapt to the changes happening in your body.

Vital Essence Range

Our high-strength dosage in the Vital Essence range gives you maximum support and can help prevent deficiencies that can impact both yours and your baby’s health. We've highlighted key nutrients like calcium, magnesium, iodine, and choline, all within recommended levels for a healthy development without unnecessary complications.

Key Nutrients during pregnancy  

During the 1st trimester, your baby is forming vital organs and neural pathways. This rapid growth makes the first trimester a crucial time to ensure you are including some key nutrients:  

  • Iodine ensures your thyroid hormone levels are adequate to support growth.
  • Iron starts building your blood supply and the baby's.
  • Folate prevents neural tube defects in early development.
  • Vitamin B3 supports the development of the neural tube.

During the 2nd trimester your baby's skeleton starts forming and their nervous system matures, ensuring you have enough of the following nutrients is key to supporting both you and your baby:

  • Calcium absorption rises to accumulate the calcium needed to mineralise bones and teeth.
  • Magnesium ensures adequate calcium delivery to baby.
  • Iron needs continue increasing to supply oxygen to your baby's growing brain and organs.

Into the 3rd trimester the body is preparing for birth and your baby continues to grow. It’s important not to neglect your nutrition now:

  • Iron needs peak to expand your blood supply and baby's before delivery day.
  • Vitamin K2 ensures adequate blood clotting and bone mineralisation.
  • Choline is essential for baby’s brain development and function.

Alongside the nutrients above, Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and psyllium husk play pivotal roles in supporting a healthy pregnancy. Omega-3s, found in fatty fish, contribute to foetal brain and eye development. Vitamin D, an important nutrient especially during winter when we must rely on supplementation, is crucial for calcium absorption and ensuring proper bone formation in both the mother and baby. It also supports the immune system and reduces the risk of complications. Psyllium husk, a soluble fibre source, aids in digestion and helps prevent constipation—a common issue during pregnancy.

Alongside our Vital Essence range, we recommend adding Vital DHA, Vitamin D Spray and Psyllium Husk for complete support throughout pregnancy. We’ve also put together pregnancy support packs, a convenient way to get all the supplements you need throughout pregnancy.

For extra support

For those with specific risks, we offer flexibility. Our core prenatal range covers essential nutrients recommended for everyone, while additional supplements like Inositol & Folate can be recommended for those with increased risks of gestational diabetes, NAC for high-risk pregnancies and Folate for those at a higher risk of neural tube defects. This way, you get the nutritional support you need without unnecessary complexity or added costs for ingredients you might not need.

Zita West simplifies prenatal nutrition, ensuring you receive the necessary support without unnecessary complexity.

Before incorporating any supplements into your routine, it is crucial to consult with your healthcare practitioner. They can provide personalised advice based on your individual health status, potential interactions with medications, and specific needs.

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