Good maternal nutritional support is important for the mother’s health and sets the foundation for your baby’s development. However, a study on Malaysian women of childbearing age has found that many of them do not consume the Recommended Nutrient Intake (RNI) of many important nutrients such as folic acid, iron, calcium and etc.
- Folic Acid helps to maintain the growth and development of the foetus.
- Iron is for formation of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to all parts of the body.
- Calcium helps to develop strong bones and teeth.
It is also necessary to know that nutrients such as DHA & Choline are important for pregnancy. Supplementation with DHA has been found to increase the scores of the Mental Developmental Index (MDI), a childhood intelligence test. Mother’s choline status during the first half of pregnancy is associated with her child’s cognitive development.
Prebiotic supplements such as oligofructose can help increase intestinal bifidobacteria.