Mommi Moms are serious about perinatal nutrition and we love nothing more than sharing all the great stuff we find while researching and formulating our products. Recently we discovered CredibleCravings & we think they are pretty terrific. Like us, they believe in supporting the nutritional needs of pregnant and breast feeding women. And like us, they believe in finding & combing the best possible ingredients to deliver products with high nutritional value while still tasting good!
Today we start a Q & A series on perinatal nutrition with Meghan Lyons, MS at CredibleCravings. And since it’s BumpDay we are giving away a CredibleCraving’s Sample Pack
Q: As a woman’s belly grows during pregnancy, how does her requirement for certain nutrients change?
A: As one would expect, nutrient needs are typically increased during pregnancy. Two nutrients to pay particular attention to are the B vitamin folate and the mineral iron—both of which are needed in amounts 50% greater than before pregnancy. These increase needs paired with the important roles these key nutrients (and others) play during pregnancy explain why prenatal nutrition is among the first things discussed at a woman’s initial appointment with her obstetrician.
Folate –Folate plays a very important role in the formation and development of a baby’s brain and spine. This major developmental stage takes place within the first three to four weeks of pregnancy—oftentimes before a woman may even realize she is pregnant—and is monumental in reducing the risk of life-threatening neural tube defect such as spina bifida.
With that in mind, I encourage all women of childbearing age to pay close attention to their intake of folate (400 mcg/day before pregnancy; 600 mcg/day during pregnancy), especially since conception can take place when pregnancy is not part of the “plan”. Folate is naturally occurring in green leafy vegetables, garbanzo beans, lima beans, citrus fruit juices and avocados. Also, all prenatal supplements contain folate in the form of folic acid to help ensure that the need for this super important vitamin is met.
Iron – Iron is needed to form a component of red blood cells called hemoglobin that is responsible for the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. When mom becomes pregnant, her blood volume expands and that means more red blood cells, more hemoglobin and yep, more iron! Pregnancy marks a 50% increase in a woman’s daily iron requirement—from 18 mg to 27 mg. Baby needs iron for his/her own growth and development, especially brain development, and depends on mom for supplying enough of this important mineral. Iron deficiency is common during pregnancy making it essential for expecting moms to get enough iron through foods (beef, chicken, raisins, prunes, firm tofu). If consuming iron from non-animal sources (this includes supplements), mom should consider eating something rich in vitamin C—like a grapefruit, orange or bell pepper—to optimize iron absorption.
CredibleCravings deeply values the importance of making smart dietary choices during pregnancy, which is why this first ever organic perinatal nutrition bar was inspired and created. It is a perfect solution when considering the dietary changes that may come when a woman receives the wonderful news that she’s expecting. Plus, each CredibleCravings bar offers both iron and folate to support mom and baby’s health!