Are Minerals Needed in Greater Amounts During Pregnancy

As with vitamins, the need for many essential minerals increases during pregnancy. For instance, the RDA for iron increases from 18 to 27 milligrams daily. Iron is needed by the mother to form new hemoglobin for her expanding blood volume and by the fetus to meet new tissue needs. Calcium is especially important during fetal bone and teeth development. Fluoride also helps teeth and bone develop. Although the RDA for calcium for pregnant women is the same as nonpregnant women (1,000 to 1,300 milligrams), it is of the utmost importance to eat adequate quantities of this nutrient. Zinc requirements are increased by roughly 25 percent during pregnancy due to its general involvement in fetal growth and development.

Women are encouraged to begin taking a prenatal supplement prior to conception.

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