Why are supplements essential for Indian women during pregnancy? Well, Indian women are more susceptible to be anemic and are less nourished (more prevalent in rural areas) when compared to their counterparts around the world. Also, you now are “growing” a baby inside your womb which makes it even more important to see to it that you are properly nourished.
Your gynecologist/doctor may prescribe nutrients/supplements by taking into consideration the following cases:
- The main supplement that most doctors prescribe during pregnancy is folic acid. This is to prevent various birth defects (neural tube birth defects to be more specific) like spina bifida. Folic acid is mainly given after 12 weeks of pregnancy.
- If you are a vegetarian or follow any dietary restrictions (pujas/vraths/religious or so on), it makes you prone to nutritional deficiency. Hence, the doctor prescribes certain supplements to compensate for the deficit.
- Morning sickness or nausea can make it difficult for you to eat properly, mainly during the first trimester. Your doctor may advise few minerals and vitamins supplement along with a change in your diet, which is needed all through your pregnancy.
- Regular check-up of the iron levels is vital. This is done to provide you with adequate iron supplements, to help in the production of the right amount of blood and to maintain your energy levels.
- Based on any medical conditions like diabetes or previous pregnancy-related Your doctor may advise certain supplements.
It is important to keep in mind that all the instructions given by the doctor are to be religiously followed. If you are unable to take the supplements orally (due to nausea, vomiting) you can speak to your doctor and find alternate substitutes or take the supplements through another route (such as I.V.)
We cannot stop stressing the importance of a well-balanced diet for the proper growth of the baby and the nourishment of the mother. Eat right and stay healthy!