When you become a parent, you naturally want what’s best for your baby and you want them to thrive as they progress through their childhood milestones. Knowing what’s best is challenging, with conflicting advice sent your way seemingly from all directions.
So what supplements might you need for yourself and your growing children?
Supplements for Pregnant and New Mums
The NHS recommends that a daily supplement of 400mg of folic acid be taken by all women trying to get pregnant and then for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. This is to help with spine and brain development.
Doctors recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women also take a daily vitamin D supplement.
For all new mums a vitamin B complex supplement can help maintain energy levels. Ideal for when you’re tired after many sleepless nights. Supplements such as: hyaluronic acid, collagen and vitamin E support healthy skin and hair, which can both lack lustre after pregnancy.
Post-natal depression can be a serious condition, and is best discussed with your GP or specialist. But if you feel a little blue, then ashwagandha, an ancient Indian medicinal herb may help to boost your mood and energise you throughout the day, whilst helping you to switch off and sleep in the evenings (unlike caffeine).
There are many other nutritional supplements, perfectly balanced for whatever stage of life you are at – pre-pregnancy, pregnant, breastfeeding or new mum.
Supplements for Babies and Children
As children grow, they have differing nutritional needs. Their tiny bodies are using a lot of resources to grow and their brains need support as they absorb all the new information available to them on a daily basis.
Vitamin D is a nutrient often overlooked, but is crucial for healthy and strong teeth and bones. Since vitamin D is predominately produced by the body when sunlight hits the skin, it’s a nutrient we can all be deficient in and especially during the winter months. Vitamin D is so important, that the NHS recommends all children be given a daily vitamin D supplement from birth to four years old (unless they’re fed more than 500mls of vitamin D fortified infant formula a day). There are naturally flavoured vitamin D drops that can be safely given from birth, which can be mixed in a drink or dropped directly onto the babies tongue.
Fussy eaters cause a lot of stress and worry over whether they’re getting all the nutrients they need. There are multiple ranges of full spectrum children’s multivitamins suitable for various ages and available in a selection of flavours. A daily chewable tablet will help give you peace of mind that whatever mood your child is in or whatever food is currently off their favourites list, they’ll still be getting a full range of micronutrients. They also offer fish oils and high in omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for children’s brain development.
As a family owned and run nutritional supplement company, Bigvits understands what it is to be a busy parent, concerned about all aspects of bringing up children, especially when it comes to nutrition.
With thousands of products from trusted brands, expertly chosen for their quality, you’ll find exactly what you need at Bigvits, at great prices. Whether you’re looking for a multivitamin for good general health and wellbeing, or you’re looking for a specific supplement to help support a specific condition, you’ll find it on Bigvits. We are passionate about the health and wellbeing of everyone of all ages and at all stages of life and truly believe in the benefits of taking nutritional supplements.
To discover how supplements can benefit you and your family head over to www.bigvits.co.uk .