What are key nu­tri­ents for would-be mums?

The Hastings Mail - - YOUR HEALTH - Q: I’m just won­der­ing if there is any­thing I should be do­ing nutri­tion wise if I’m try­ing to con­ceive? Many thanks, Josephine. A: Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended

Many women don’t find out that they are preg­nant un­til a month or so into their preg­nancy, and op­ti­mal nutri­tion is needed from the get go. So tak­ing even bet­ter care of your­self in the lead up to a preg­nancy can re­ally help to en­sure that both you and your baby are as healthy as pos­si­ble.

It is vi­tal that you un­der­stand that ALL vi­ta­mins and min­er­als are needed for op­ti­mal fer­til­ity and a healthy preg­nancy, but there are a few nu­tri­ents that are ex­tra im­por­tant if you are plan­ning a preg­nancy. Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to askdr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. is im­por­tant when try­ing to con­ceive. Dur­ing preg­nancy, io­dine is needed for nor­mal brain de­vel­op­ment in the foe­tus, and even sub­clin­i­cal hy­pothy­roidism due to io­dine de­fi­ciency in the mother can lead to ir­re­versible brain dam­age.

Io­dine is found in seafood, sea­weed and iodised salt. Not all salt is iodised, so it’s im­por­tant to check the la­bel. Dur­ing preg­nancy, you need about 1.5 times the amount of io­dine an adult nor­mally re­quires, and the Min­istry of Health rec­om­mends tak­ing an io­dine sup­ple­ment daily. You only need a small amount of io­dine each day to meet your needs. If you have any pre­ex­ist­ing thy­roid con­di­tions, it’s es­sen­tial that you con­sult with your qual­i­fied med­i­cal pro­fes­sional be­fore sup­ple­ment­ing io­dine.

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A few nu­tri­ents are very im­por­tant if you are plan­ning a preg­nancy.

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