Research reveals ineffectiveness of Pregnancy Multivitamins
Researchers have revealed that the consumption of multivitamins during pregnancy is a complete waste of money, since majority of the pregnant women do not require multivitamins. The researchers suggested in Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin that after analyzing all the evidence, they came to the conclusion that supplements did not play any role in boosting the well-being of mothers or babies.
However, the researchers added that women must consume folic acid and vitamin D during pregnancy and also take a properly balanced diet, in line with the guidelines laid down by NHS. According to the producers of supplements, certain pregnancy women were not consuming sufficient nutrients.
The researchers got the strongest supporting evidence for the consumption of folic acid. It was found that an intake of 400 micrograms of folic acid daily was instrumental in preventing the development of abnormalities known as neural tube defects in the growing baby.
Furthermore, it is suggested to consume 10 micrograms of Vitamin D daily for ensuring healthy bones of the mother and the child. Certain females will have free access to these two medicines from the Healthy Start scheme. Vitamin A, on the other hand, has been found to be the most threatening supplement during pregnancy. Excessive intake of this vitamin can cause harm to the baby.
The researchers explained that while females might get intimidated to purchase costly multivitamins during pregnancy for giving the baby the optimal beginning in life, resisting marketing gimmicks will bring better outcomes.
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