How To Ensure You Get Enough Nutrients When You’re Pregnant

When pregnant, you're eating for two. Good nutrition is even more important than it is the rest of the time becasue anything you eat, the nutrients need to go to your baby and then to yourself and if you don't have enough, usually your baby will be fine, but you can be causing long term health problems for yourself. Here are some was to make sure you get enough nutrition while you're expecting.

The human body needs a lot of help to perform its many duties. Normally, this help comes in the form of the nutrients that we consume. Each nutrient affects a different bodily function and they are obtained in a variety of ways.

When you are pregnant, your hormones fluctuate to prepare your body to house another life. This can put a lot of strain on your regular bodily functions, which means that you are going to need to consume more nutrients. It isn’t hard to get the right amount of nutrients, just follow the advice below to remain as healthy as you can while pregnant.

Eat A Balanced Diet

Our main source of nutrients comes from our food. You can gain a healthy source of iron from eating red meats and vegetables, Vitamin C from fruit, and Vitamin B from calcium-rich products, such as milk and cheese.

While you need to ensure that you are getting enough vitamins and nutrients from key food groups, it is important to maintain a balanced diet. Too much Vitamin C is bad for pregnancy and can cause bloating and stomach pains. Therefore, you cannot survive on fruits alone, no matter how healthy they appear to be. On the other hand, too many carbohydrates can turn into harmful fats if not used up as energy. However, high-carb foods like bread and pasta contain folic acid, a substance that can maintain the health of your red blood cells and make you less tired.

It may seem difficult, but ensuring that you are eating a variety of foods is a good way to ensure that you are getting enough nutrients when pregnant. What’s more, a healthy amount of ginger can suppress your nausea during early pregnancy, which can restore your appetite during this difficult phase.

Get Outside

Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient in maintaining healthy muscles and bones. You are the only source of Vitamin D that your baby is getting while pregnant, and receiving enough of this nutrient will ensure that your baby develops and grows correctly during the first few months of infancy. 

You can find Vitamin D in fish dishes, but there is a much more readily available source right out of your front door. Natural U.V. light is our main source of Vitamin D, so it is important to get some sun exposure when pregnant. A twenty-minute walk is enough to provide your fetus with enough Vitamin D while also improving your mood. Just make sure that you wear the proper protection if the sun is particularly strong.


Every nutrient discussed so far is vital for a healthy pregnancy, and many more have not been mentioned. However, some of these nutrients can be difficult to come across if you don’t like certain foods. What’s more, there is a healthy amount that is safe to consume on a daily basis. Any more than the recommended dose can cause you discomfort.

That is why you can find all of your key nutrients in the form of supplements. These are vitamin pills that you can take to ensure that you are getting enough of the stuff you need to function properly. The most popular supplements that you will come across are folic acid supplements and multi-vitamin prenatal vitamins. These are not to be confused with post-natal vitamins, as these are designed to provide the nutrients lost during childbirth. They are quite similar, but you will find the difference between to be important to learn about. The names of both supplements should be enough to describe when is best to take these supplements; however, you should use this guide to understand the difference. This will help boost your knowledge about nutrients and how they could help you with pregnancy.

Basically, prenatal vitamins are designed to provide you with all the nutrients needed for the healthy development of your baby while you are carrying it to terms. These nutrients include zinc, iodine, and Vitamins E, A, B, and C.

Bed Rest

Once you have gotten all of the nutrients that you need, it is also important to make sure that they are as effective as possible. While resting isn’t going to give you any of the key nutrients that you require, it will ensure that the ones that you do have are doing their job.

Every process that your body goes through takes twice as much effort when you are pregnant. This is obviously because it needs to look after two people, and a healthy portion of your nutrients is delivered to your baby. This is perfectly natural, but it can leave you feeling worn down. That is why you should take as much bed rest as possible. Giving your body a break allows it to devote more energy toward the baby, a process that is vital for its overall health. If you find yourself struggling, try to make sure that you get the rest you deserve.

Talk To Your Doctor

Maintaining a healthy balance of all the nutrients that you need can give you a headache. There is a lot to think about, and you don’t want to overdo it. Luckily, there are professionals available to assist you with this problem.

A doctor can run tests to find out what key nutrients you are missing and recommend behaviors that can specifically assist you during this time. If a doctor does not think your issue is medically relevant, they can at least point you in the direction of someone who can help with the problem. You may only be lacking in one significant nutrient or perhaps you have an underlying health condition that makes it harder for your body to absorb certain vitamins, like anemia. The only way to know whether you are getting enough nutrients when pregnant is by visiting the correct professional.


Keeping a healthy body is a difficult balance. Fortunately, you should now know exactly what to do if you have a problem getting enough nutrients. Pregnancy is a demanding time for your body, so try to make sure that you are giving it all the help possible.

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