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Quest Vitamins LTD,
8 Venture Way,
Aston Science Park,
Birmingham,
B7 4AP.

Tel: 0121 359 0056
Fax: 0121 359 0313
Email: info@questvitamins.co.uk
Registered in England No. 2530437

Pregnancy

DESCRIPTION

Pregnancy is the period of time between fertilisation of the ovum (conception) and birth. The duration of pregnancy is about 280 days, equal to nine calendar or ten lunar months.

After the fertilised egg is implanted in the uterus, rapid changes occur in the reproductive organs of the mother. When pregnancy is first suspected, urine, blood, and home pregnancy testing can be done to confirm the condition. Amniocentesis can identify foetuses affected by serious genetic diseases and other conditions.

Nutritional requirements are high during pregnancy. Calcium and Iron are essential for bone and tooth formation and blood production. Especially when pregnant, a woman needs healthy meals, sufficient rest, and a daily exercise plan. Ideally, she should abstain from all medications (except those prescribed by a physician), alcohol and cigarette smoke.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

Evening Primrose Oil (1)
Fish Oil (2)
Folic Acid (2,3,4)
Iron (5)
B Complex (5)
Vitamin B6 (5)
Vitamin C (6)
Vitamin E (7)
Vitamin K (6)
Zinc (8)

REFERENCES

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2. Truswell AS. ABC of nutrition. Nutrition for pregnancy. Br Med J 1985;291: 263-66.
3. MRC Vitamin Study Research Group. Prevention of neural tube defects: Results of the Medical Research Council Vitamin Study. Lancet 1991;338:131-37.
4. Tamura T, Goldenberg R, Freeberg L, et al. Maternal serum folate and Zinc concentrations and their relationships to pregnancy outcome. Am J Clin Nutr 1992:56;365-370.
5. Doyl W, et al. The association between maternal diet and birth dimensions. J Nutr Med 1990; 1:9-17.
6. Merkel RL. The use of menadione bisulfite and ascorbic acid in the treatment of nausea and Vomiting of pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 78: 33-36, 1952.
7. Marks J. Critical appraisal of the therapeutic value of alpha-tocopherol. Vitami Horm 1962; 20:573-98.
8. Hagashi A, et al. A prospective survey of serial serum Zinc levels and pregnancy outcome. J Ped Gastro 1988; 7:430-33.

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