It is important for women planning to conceive to be in good physical shape in order to support the pregnancy and health of their offspring. Women should have their nutritional status and diet analyzed to make sure they are not deficient in nutrients such as Vitamin D nor anemic which can lead to postpartum depression.
I’m a strong believer that taking a high quality multivitamin during pregnancy as well as fish oil and Vitamin D can have lasting benefits for the offspring. A recent research article uncovered another reason why multivitamins are important during pregnancy, especially the early stages. In this study the researchers exposed pregnant mice (OK not humans, but DNA is DNA) with bisphenol A. Bisphenol A is the plastic that has come under fire recently as being an endocrine disruptor leading to potential cancers and metabolic disorders. One group of pregnant mice they did not supplement, the other group of pregnant mice they gave a multivitamin. The offspring of the mice were examined at 22 days and found that there was deleterious gene expression in the mice that were not given the multivitamin as compared to the group that was given a multivitamin. The multivitamin group had much less damage from the bisphenol A.
The researchers postulate that adult diseases may very well be imprinted early in life in utero. By offering adequate nutrition (a diet without a multivitamin does not offer adequate nutrition) before conception we may be able to reduce the incidence of disease in our children.
It isn’t much to take a multivitamin and the cost benefit ratio is well worth it especially around pregnancy.
Licensed Dietitian / Nutritionist
Maynard, MA & Cambridge, MA