Slimming World and The Royal College of Midwives, working together to help women successfully manage their weight before, during and after one of the most exciting events in their lives

Trying for a baby: Be supplement savvy

trying for a baby: be supplement savvy

Trying for a baby: be supplement savvy.

Slimming World and the Royal College of Midwives, working together to help women successfully manage their weight before, during and after one of the most exciting events in their lives

A balanced diet should provide all the nutrients you need. It is advised though to take a supplement of Folic Acid (400 micrograms per day) for 12 weeks before you start trying for a baby to help minimise birth defects such as spina bifida. 

There are pre-pregnancy supplements available which some women choose to take to ensure they are not deficient in any vitamins or minerals. It is not advisable to take any non-pregnancy supplements while trying for a baby as these may not be appropriately formulated and can contain ingredients not recommended at this time.  For women with a BMI over 30 (check your BMI range here) it is advised that a higher folic acid supplementation is taken of 5mg (milligrams) per day. If this applies to you, if you have a family history of spina bifida or you take anti epilepsy medicines your GP will be able to provide you with a prescription for the high dose version.

 

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