“Iodine status in women during and after pregnancy is insufficient according to a new Norwegian study, which reveals it takes around 18 months before post-pregnancy levels of the mineral reach those achieved during pregnancy.” [Source: nutraingredients.com]
In addition to higher caloric demands, pregnancy also increases the need for specific micronutrients which may not be met through diet alone. The requirement for some minerals increases during pregnancy by more than 50 percent, for example. Later, after the baby is born, a woman’s nutritional needs also change during breastfeeding.
The process of giving birth puts tremendous stress on a woman’s body, resulting in the loss of a large amount of blood and nutrients. Proper nourishment both during and after pregnancy, and while breastfeeding, is therefore critical for the health of both the mother and her child. Micronutrients such as vitamin C, lysine, proline, folic acid, and the B group of vitamins, among others, are essential for a healthy baby and delivery, and for preventing complications during pregnancy.