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Food supplements before pregnancy

The period leading up to pregnancy is crucial for the health of the mother-to-be and her baby. Vitamin and mineral supplementation plays an important role in preparing the body. Food supplements can help to make up for nutritional deficiencies and support the proper functioning of the immune system and metabolism.

The importance of vitamin D and other vitamins

Vitamin D is essential for bone development and the immune system. Other vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and B vitamins (particularly B12 and folic acid), are just as crucial. They help prevent anaemia, support the nervous system and improve the absorption of essential nutrients.

The role of folic acid

Pregnancy is a period when nutritional requirements increase significantly, particularly where folic acid is concerned. Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, plays a crucial role in preventing congenital malformations of the brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifida. It is therefore essential for mothers-to-be and those who are already pregnant to ensure a sufficient intake of this essential vitamin.

Among the different forms of folic acid, 5-MTHF folate (methyltetrahydrofolate) is often considered the optimal choice for supplementation during pregnancy. Here's why:

Superior bioavailability 5-MTHF is the most active and bioavailable form of folate. Unlike synthetic folic acid, which has to be converted to 5-MTHF in the body before it can be used, 5-MTHF is ready to use straight away. This form is particularly beneficial for women with genetic variations (such as an MTHFR mutation) that affect the conversion of folic acid into its active form.

Reducing the Risk of Congenital Malformations 5-MTHF plays a crucial role in the neurological development of the foetus. Adequate supplementation reduces the risk of neural tube defects, ensuring safer, healthier development of the baby.

Improved Absorption FOLIC ACID: Pregnant women or those planning a pregnancy may have difficulty absorbing synthetic folic acid. Since 5-MTHF is already in its active form, it is more easily absorbed and used by the body, making it more effective in preventing deficiencies.

Support for Maternal Metabolism During pregnancy, the mother's metabolism undergoes a number of changes. 5-MTHF supports amino acid metabolism and helps maintain healthy levels of homocysteine, thereby contributing to the mother's cardiovascular health.

Benefits for Fetal Development In addition to preventing malformations, 5-MTHF promotes the healthy development of the fetal brain and spine. This is crucial for the overall development and well-being of the unborn baby.

Mums-to-be or women who are already pregnant should choose a dietary supplement containing folate 5-MTHF as it offers a number of benefits.

The role of minerals before and during pregnancy

Minerals play a crucial role for women's health and preparation for a healthy pregnancy. Here are the ones to watch out for:

  1. Calcium
    • Bone health Calcium is essential for the development and maintenance of strong bones, which is crucial before pregnancy to support the extra weight and physiological changes during gestation.
    • Nerve and muscle transmission It also plays a role in the transmission of nerve signals and muscle contraction, which is important for maintaining overall health.
  2. Iron
    • Hemoglobin formation Iron is vital for the formation of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia, reducing the blood's ability to carry oxygen.
    • Fetal Health A good iron reserve before pregnancy is important for preventing maternal anaemia and supporting foetal development.
  3. Iodine
    • Thyroid function Iodine is essential for thyroid health. A functional thyroid is crucial for regulating metabolism and supporting foetal brain development.
    • Neurological development Iodine deficiency can compromise a baby's neurological development.
  4. Magnesium
    • Metabolism and Energy Magnesium: Magnesium helps in over 300 enzymatic reactions, particularly in energy production, which is essential for maintaining energy levels during pregnancy.
    • Muscle and Nerve Health It contributes to muscle relaxation and nerve function, helping to manage cramp and stress.
  5. Zinc
    • Immune System and Cellular Repair Zinc is important for the functioning of the immune system and plays a role in cell repair and growth.
    • Reproductive health It is also essential for reproductive health, contributing to the quality of eggs and sperm.
  6. Selenium
    • Antioxidant protection Selenium has antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage.
    • Thyroid function It also supports thyroid function, which is crucial for metabolism and foetal development.

 

A good supply of minerals before and during pregnancy is essential to prepare the body for gestation, support foetal development and maintain maternal health. A balanced diet, possibly supplemented with supplements, is recommended to ensure an adequate intake of these essential minerals.

Choisir les bons compléments : gélules, comprimés, capsules

Supplements come in a variety of forms - capsules, tablets and capsules. The form in which supplements are taken can have an impact on their effectiveness, absorption and ease of use, especially for pregnant women or those wishing to become pregnant. Let's compare capsules, tablets and capsules to understand why capsules may be a more appropriate choice:

 

  • Absorption and bioavailability
    • Capsules and tablets They can sometimes be difficult to digest, especially if the pregnant woman suffers from nausea or gastrointestinal sensitivity. In addition, tablets in particular may contain binders and fillers that slow down the absorption of nutrients.
    • Capsules Capsules: They generally offer better bioavailability. The ingredients inside the capsules are often in liquid or powder form, allowing them to be absorbed more quickly and completely.

 

  • Ease of use and flexibility
    • Capsules and tablets They are generally designed to be swallowed whole, which can be a challenge for some women, especially if they have difficulty swallowing or experience nausea during pregnancy.
    • Capsules The advantage of capsules is that they can be easily opened to release their contents. For women who have difficulty swallowing pills, they can open the capsules and sprinkle the nutrients directly into their mouths or mix them with food. This makes consumption more comfortable without altering the integrity of the ingredients.

 

  • Purity of ingredients
    • Capsules and tablets They sometimes contain additives to maintain their shape or extend their shelf life, which can be a cause for concern for some pregnant women.
    • Capsules Capsules: Capsules often contain fewer additives and are perceived as a 'purer' form of supplementation. This is particularly important during pregnancy, when minimising exposure to additives is preferable.

 

  • Taste and Comfort
    • Capsules and tablets They can have an unpleasant taste and be difficult to swallow for some women, particularly those suffering from morning sickness.
    • Capsules The fact that you can open the capsules and mix their contents with food or drink can help overcome problems of taste or nausea.

 

The capsules offer superior flexibility, bioavailability and purity, making them particularly suitable for pregnant women or those trying to conceive. Their ability to be opened and mixed with food or drink makes them more convenient, especially for women who have difficulty swallowing pills or suffer from morning sickness. It's for these reasons that all Plusbaby are available in capsule form, offering an optimal method of supplementation for women during this crucial phase of their lives. Plusbaby is committed to providing products that are not only effective but also easy to consume, to best support women's health and well-being during preconception, pregnancy and beyond.

Nutrition and a balanced diet

Although food supplements are important, they are not a substitute for a balanced diet. Foods rich in vitamins and minerals, such as fruit and vegetables, pulses, dairy products and fortified foods should form the basis of the diet.

Impact on the immune and nervous systems

Food supplements help to strengthen the immune system and support the nervous system. Amino acids, omegas and fatty acids play a key role in these processes.

Understanding nutrient doses and absorption

Understanding the recommended doses and optimal absorption of nutrients is crucial. An overdose of certain vitamins can be harmful, while a deficiency can lead to significant health problems.

Specific supplements for pregnant women

Pregnant women have specific nutritional needs. Some supplements are specially formulated to meet these needs, offering an appropriate balance of vitamins and minerals.

Effects of supplements on metabolism and energy

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The key to a healthy pregnancy

Proper supplementation before pregnancy can have a significant impact on the health of both mum-to-be and baby. It is important to choose the right supplements and maintain a balanced diet to ensure a healthy and happy pregnancy.

Plusbaby supplements for fertility and pregnancy

  1. Supplements for Fertility and Pregnancy
    • +fertimen (men) and +fertiwomen (women) These vegan multivitamins are formulated to optimise male and female fertility. They contain metabolically active folic acid (5-MTHF folic acid), Q10, amino acids and other essential nutrients.
    • +mum For pregnant or breast-feeding women, this supplement also contains 5-MTHF folic acid, vitamin D3 extracted from seaweed, and other essential nutrients to support pregnancy and breast-feeding.
    • +maca : A supplement specially designed to improve fertility and vitality. Maca, a nutrient-rich superfood, is known for its properties in support of fertility and hormonal balance.
    • +omega 3 vegan : A vegan omega-3 fatty acid supplement, essential for foetal brain and eye development, cardiovascular health and immune system support.

 

Plusbaby products offer comprehensive support for men and women at every stage of fertility and pregnancy, with particular attention to the quality and effectiveness of the ingredients.

Plusmum
Plusmaca
Plusomega-3-vegan-DHA
  1. Optimal Nutrition and Absorption
    • All supplements are designed to offer maximum absorption of nutrients, essential for the proper functioning of the immune and nervous systems, as well as foetal development. They are free from undesirable substances such as gluten, sugar and sodium, and are suitable for vegan diets.
  2. Support for Metabolism and Cardiovascular Health
    • Supplements provide key nutrients for metabolism and cardiovascular health, such as magnesium, calcium and omega fatty acids. These elements contribute to the formation of red blood cells and proper cardiovascular function.
  3. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
    • Plusbaby-Produkte sind reich an wichtigen Vitaminen (Vitamin A, B, C, D, E) und Mineralstoffen (Zink, Selen, Eisen), die benötigt werden, um Nährstoffdefizite auszugleichen und eine ausgewogene Ernährung zu unterstützen.
  4. Immune and Nervous Support
    • Plusbaby supplements help to strengthen the immune system and support the nervous system, thanks to the presence of antioxidants, vitamin C and other essential nutrients.
  5. Deficiency Prevention and Global Support
    • By providing a complete range of nutrients, Plusbaby helps prevent deficiencies and supports the body's overall functioning, contributing to the vitality and general well-being of users.
  6. Ease of use
    • The supplements are available in capsules to make them easier to take and ensure optimum absorption and assimilation.
  7. Natural and Healthy Approach
    • Plusbaby is committed to offering 100% natural products, without additives or preservatives, reflecting a holistic and healthy approach to supplementation.

Plusbaby propose une gamme complète de compléments alimentaires conçus pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques des hommes et des femmes pendant les phases de préconception, de grossesse et de postnatal, en mettant l’accent sur la qualité, l’efficacité et la sécurité de leurs produits.

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