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Essential nutrients

Minerals

This section provides brief and essential information about important nutrients during pregnancy and their sources:    

Iron: 

Why take it: During pregnancy, iron intake must be adapted to satisfy increased blood volume and the baby's requirements. An insufficient intake before and during pregnancy puts the mother and baby at risk of developing anaemia.

Main sources: Red meat, liver, fish, egg yolk, lentils, spinach etc.  

Calcium:

Why take it:  Calcium has a major role to play in your baby's bone and teeth formation. It thereby contributes to maintaining bone store during and after pregnancy. It also plays a role in breast-feeding.

Main sources:  dairy products and dried figs, dried beans, wholemeal bread and some vegetables such as watercress, cabbage, not forgetting mineral water.  

Iodine:  

Why take it: Iodine is essential for thyroid gland function and the baby's brain development.

Main sources: it is found in all seafood but is also found in mineral water and vegetables such as leeks, watercress, spinach, green beans, turnips, onions, garlic, cabbage, carrots and radishes.

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