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A balanced and healthy diet will provide you with most of the vitamins and minerals you need in pregnancy.

Folic acid

Folic acid, vitamin B9, is very important for your baby’s neural tube development. Folate is found naturally in green leafy vegetables and some fortified foods but it’s exceptionally difficult to get enough from your diet during pregnancy. Therefore, if you are trying to conceive or have just found out you’re pregnant you should talk to your healthcare professional about a folic acid supplement. It is recommended that you take 400 micrograms each day until you are 12 weeks pregnant. Some women have an increased risk and may be advised to take a higher dose which requires a prescription.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is used to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in our bodies which helps keep our bones, muscles and teeth healthy.

It’s so important that our bodies actually make it from sunlight. We can only do this when the sun is high enough in the sky, so in the UK that’s between April-October. It’s still important to protect your skin in the sun so take care.

If you live in an area with little sun, have dark skin or always cover your skin when outside it is harder for your body to make enough vitamin D and you may require additional supplementation.

Vitamin D is also found in some foods including oily fish, eggs and red meat. As all adults require around 10 micrograms a day, supplementation can be beneficial and you can ask your doctor or pharmacist for more info.

Multivitamins & Fish Liver Oil

Multivitamins and fish liver oil can contain high doses of vitamin A which can be dangerous for your baby. Please speak to your doctor, midwife or pharmacist about any and all medications and supplements you are taking.

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