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Pregnant, you have specific needs in essential minerals for you and for the development of your baby. A varied and balanced diet can cover your main needs. Update on the essential minerals of your pregnancy.
- The main component of bones and teeth, calcium also plays a key role in blood clotting, maintaining blood pressure and contraction of muscles, including the heart. It is essential during pregnancy because it prevents high blood pressure and its complications, promotes calcium intake of the future breast milk and contributes fully to the development of your baby's skeleton and future dentition.
- To fill up with calcium, nothing like dairy products: milk, cooked cheeses (Comté, Gruyère ...), Swiss sweets, yogurts, dairy desserts ... will cover a large part of your daily needs. Not to mention that they also contain vitamin D, essential for fixing calcium!
- If you do not like dairy products, you will also find this precious mineral in spinach, watercress, oranges and in some mineral waters (Contrex, Vitttel and Hepar).
- Essential for the formation of red blood cells in the blood and for the transport of oxygen, this mineral also plays a key role in the production of new cells, hormones and neurotransmitters (messengers of nerve impulses). Every cell in your body contains iron Impossible to do without!
- The ferric intake must be sufficient, especially at the end of pregnancy because a deficiency could lead to a decrease in the red blood cells causing anemia. This would increase the risk of prematurity and low weight of the baby.
- You will find your iron intake in eggs, fish, meat and pulses (lentils, white beans, chickpeas ...) or fresh (broccoli, spinach ...). Also bet at least twice a week on fish (tuna, sardines, mackerel ...).
- Do not forget to eat fruits rich in vitamin C (lemon, orange, kiwi ...). This vitamin allows the absorption of iron.
- The iron dosage is regularly monitored during pregnancy. Supplementation may be prescribed by the midwife or obstetrician, if it is insufficient.