The Benefits of Taking Halal Prenatal Vitamins
You’re pregnant (Congratulations!) so now what?! After experiencing the thrill of the great news, your mind is probably racing with questions on what to do next. Should you stop drinking coffee? Should you stop exercising? Should you start taking more vitamins? We want you to have an easy pregnancy so we’re here to help guide you through a safe journey to a healthy baby; and that starts with the right nutrients.
Having a Solid Foundation
The first few weeks of a baby’s life is crucial in proper development of major organs (but most women don’t even know they are pregnant yet!) so ideally you would begin a proper diet and supplement regimen before you conceive. Having a solid foundation of consuming the right nutrients early on will ensure you’re creating an environment where your baby grows and develops at a healthy rate.
During pregnancy a woman’s daily intake for certain vitamins and minerals increases as she now has to supply those nutrients to her growing fetus for proper growth. There are several vitamins and minerals you want to be sure are included in your prenatal so you can maximize its benefits. The most important vitamin you want to take is folic acid (vitamin B9) because a depletion of this essential vitamin can increase your baby’s chance of developing neurological abnormalities of the brain and spine such as spina bifida. A super easy way to prevent this deformity is ensure your prenatal vitamin contains at least 600mcg of folic acid. Our new Prenatal Halal gummy vitamin has 800mcg of folic acid (the highest concentration available over the counter) and since this is a B vitamin, your body uses what it needs and you would excrete the excess out through your urine.
Calcium is another key nutrient that should be included in a prenatal as it plays an important role in bone development, healthy heart, and muscle function. The baby’s bone strength and density will be dependent on the calcium available to him or her and if there isn’t much they will draw it from your bones, which may impair your own bone density later on and put you at risk for osteoporosis. Having adequate intake of calcium can also reduce your risk of developing hypertension and preeclampsia-- a life threatening form of high blood pressure that can harm you and your baby.
Vitamin D has a multitude of benefits that researchers are just beginning to discover. It was often thought that Vitamin D was only beneficial for absorbing Calcium, but it has now been shown to also lower the risk of preeclampsia, and it lowers the risk of asthma and other common air allergens in children whose mothers maintained adequate levels of Vitamin D during pregnancy. Other potential benefits include lowering the risk for having a small for gestational age baby, lowers the risk for gestational diabetes, and lowers the risk of preterm birth. A great way to get some extra Vitamin D is to have direct sun exposure on your skin for just 15 mins a day as our skin can make Vitamin D on its own!
Iodine is an essential micronutrient for thyroid hormone production. Adequate maternal thyroid hormone is important for fetal neurodevelopment, and even mild deficiencies in iodine can cause lower cognitive function later on in children. Pregnant women may have an increased need for iodine because of transfer of iodine to the fetus so they can have proper thyroid function. In addition, iodine deficiency is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation in the world. An easy and quick way to ensure you are getting enough iodine is to purchase and cook with iodine fortified salt.
Just like all supplements, prenatal vitamins are a complement to a healthy diet and not a substitute for good nutrition. Depending on your medical history and customized care all prenatal vitamins may not meet 100% of your needs so it is crucial you incorporate a healthy diet with a full range of fruits and vegetables to meet your dietary goals. A good place to start is with dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale which are full of iron, antioxidants, and vitamins. Having good quality lean meats like chicken, fish, and beef will provide protein and eating healthy fats such as avocados and cooking in extra virgin olive oil will provide the heart protection you need.
It took us two years of formulating and testing our halal prenatal gummy vitamin out on REAL pregnant women to create the perfect vitamin for you. We heard the complaints of women not being able to swallow big horse pills or not being able to stomach the pills due to strong odors coming from the pills themselves. We took all of this feedback and created the perfect gummy from our heart to yours. In addition to having all the key nutrients in our prenatal as discussed above we also included DHA (an omega 3 fatty acid) to boost the baby’s development of the brain, eyes, and heart. We also considered the concerns of our gestational diabetic mothers about their blood sugar spikes, so we created the first ever sugar free halal prenatal gummy. And since we are obsessed with creating healthy habits from the start, we also made this vitamin organic.
As with starting any new product please check with your physician before starting or stopping any new supplement.