With a grant enabling the Sharewood Project to provide prenatal vitamins to pregnant women, Yourwellness Magazine explored important prenatal vitamins.
After recently receiving its second $10,000 payment of a three-year $30,000 grant, the Sharewood Project has made important strides in providing free prenatal care, Tufts Daily reported September 18th. According to the article, “Sharewood improves prenatal care with new grant,” Sharewood is a free volunteer-run clinic affiliated with Tufts that provides unscheduled health care to the medically underserved, and the grant has allowed them to add resources such as prenatal vitamins, initial lab testing and transportation coverage.
This inspired Yourwellness Magazine to explain why prenatal vitamins are essential for mum and baby. Yourwellness Magazine noted, ‘Pregnant women can take steps to protect their own health and that of their unborn child by taking prenatal pregnancy vitamins. Some women will be prescribed particular multivitamins by their GP to ensure you get all the nutrients you and the baby needs during the pregnancy, while also encouraging you to eat a healthy diet that contains foods rich in the minerals and vitamins she needs. These multivitamins have been chosen because they contain the minerals such as folic acid, iron and calcium that are essential for both mum and baby.’
Yourwellness Magazine explained that folic acid plays a crucial role in the development of a healthy foetus by aiding in cellular growth and reducing the risk of birth defects such as spina bifida. Folic acid also reduces the risk of heart disease, nervous disorders and certain cancers in pregnant women. Yourwellness Magazine recommended pregnant women to take 400mg of folic acid every day while also eating foods such as spinach, lentils, eggs and soya products that are rich in folic acid. Yourwellness Magazine also advised pregnant women to take calcium supplements and calcium-rich foods for bone density, and iron to prevent premature births, low birth weight and potential stillbirth.
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