Pregnancy is an important stage of health as you are growing a new form of life. Your personal health is important to be optimum to enable your body to support the growth of the neonate. A pregnant woman’s nutrient status is vital for fetal growth, her dietary requirements rapidly increase and if are not met some fetal development may be effected as well as the health of the mother.
From as early as 4 weeks gestation with rapid cell division, the formation of the neural tube, umbilical cord and placenta and from weeks 5 -12 all of the major body systems and organs are formed. It is important to have sufficient amounts of nutrients in particular iron, folate and vitamin B12 to support this development.
As the first 12 weeks are critical periods for development it is essential to be getting in the correct nutrients, sleep and ensuring your exposure to chemicals is kept to a minimum.